If you’re like many other pool owners, chances are you can tend to get a little bit out of shape from the time you close your pool for the winter to the time you open it back up again. If you’re feeling like you could use some quick toning exercises to get your body back into shape, you don’t have to swim tons of laps every day. In fact, you may not need to actually swim at all. With the help of one tool, just an inexpensive pool noodle float, you could start burning fat and building muscle while enjoying an awesome workout in your pool! Ready to find out how? In this two-part article series, we’ll describe some fun and easy-to-learn pool noodle exercises you can try for yourself.
Sculpt Your Legs, Arms, and Core with Pool Noodle Lunges
For this exercise, you’ll want to get to a spot in the pool where the water reaches the middle of your chest. Grasp the two ends of the pool noodle firmly in your hands. The noodle should rest on the surface of the water directly in front of you in a U shape. Next, take a step forward. Push the noodle down and take a high step with your leg right into the center of the U shape. Push the foot you stepped with all the way down. Then move back to starting position. Repeat the move for as many repetitions as you’d like with the first leg, and then practice the same move with your other leg.
Strengthen Your Muscles with a Pool Noodle Half-Plank Pose
To do this workout move, you’ll grasp the pool noodle float in front of your chest with both hands slightly spaced apart from the center. Then move it down into the water with your arms extended until the noodle rests about six inches below the water. At the same time, stretch your legs out straight in front of you. They should be right next to one another, Keep your toes pointed. Lean forward with your shoulders and head. Stay in this position for as long as you’d like.
If you begin to experience discomfort, you can return to an upright position and take a break. Then either resume the half-plank exercise or move on to another exercise. Be sure to take deep, steady breaths while doing this move as people sometimes have a tendency to hold their breath when they’re holding the half-plank position. Your muscles use up more oxygen when you work out, so proper breathing techniques are important.
Pool Noodle Pushes will Work Your Arms and Legs
For this move, you’ll want to find a spot in the water where it’s up to your waist. Then, standing with your feet as far apart as your hips, grasp the noodle in front of you with both hands. They should be a little further apart than your shoulders. Lift one straightened leg up behind you while pushing the noodle down into the water at the same time. Do this move as many times as you’d like with each leg.
In our next article, we’ll explore even more great resistance exercises you can do using only your body, a pool noodle float, and your pool water.
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