Standing in the sun with sweat dripping down your face as you push a hand-held skimmer net through the debris-filled water can be quite the workout. Luckily, the Solar-Breeze NX2 automatically keeps your pool swim-ready so that you can practice a more enjoyable health and fitness routine that involves actually getting into the sparkling water.
Many gyms are closed right now and while some are re-opening, it is probably best to stay at home. The good thing is that there are many benefits to workout aquatics. Plus, working out in the water doesn’t feel like ‘work’ – it’s hard to not have fun while splashing around.
They provide resistance, which strengthens muscles and boosts cardio intensity
Water supports some of your weight, which makes the workouts easier on joints
Aquatic exercises may accommodate faster healing from joint injuries
Pool workouts give you better balance, agility and endurance, and are great way to burn fat in a short amount of time
Here are five fun, easy exercises by Shape.com that can help you achieve these benefits:
Targets shoulders, arms, abs, and hips
Standing in shallow end, simultaneously sit back into water, treading with hands out to sides, and lift both legs together so that you fold at hips to create a wide V shape, with head and toes just above surface.
Quickly bring knees to chest — or bring legs as straight as you can toward chest to make V less wide—then extend legs to return to V position.
Do 15 to 20 reps. Continue treading with hands for 1 minute.
Pool Edge Side Burpee
Targets abs, obliques, hips, and legs
In deep end, hold on to edge of pool with right hand so that body is perpendicular to edge; tuck knees into chest to place both feet flat (right stacked above left) against side wall of pool as high as possible.
Maintaining hand grip throughout the water aerobics exercise, jump feet off wall and extend legs as you engage abs to bring body as parallel to surface as possible in a side-plank position (left hip now stacked above right).
Return to tuck and continue for 1 minute. Switch sides and repeat for 1 minute.
Targets back, shoulders, arms, chest, and abs
Sit on kickboard with knees together, legs dangling or skimming bottom of pool.
Extend arms in front of you, palms facing away from each other, then sweep arms out to sides (as if doing a breaststroke).
Continue stroking across pool for 30 seconds, then switch stroke to go in opposite direction: Bring arms out to sides with palms facing forward, elbows slightly bent, then sweep arms together in front of you.
Continue for 30 seconds, squeezing shoulder blades throughout the swimming exercise as you push forward and back.
Targets back, arms, abs, butt, and legs
With your back to edge of pool, hold kickboard with both hands so that it’s vertical (rounded edge up) and half of it is below surface of water.
Push off wall with feet, holding kickboard in tombstone position, and kick as hard as you can toward opposite side of pool.
Continue for 1 minute.
Targets abs and legs
Tread water in deep end of pool, arms out to sides and legs extended beneath you.
Engaging abs, squeeze legs together and sweep them backward, bending knees slightly, then quickly extend them forward (like a dolphin’s tail); counterbalance motion by sweeping arms through water in opposite direction of legs.
Continue for 1 minute.
This summer, use your swimming pool to get moving and stay healthy. The Solar-Breeze NX2 even dispenses chlorine while travelling to make sure that the pool is sanitized for your next workout. Do less cleaning and more calorie-burning.