Pool noodles can be your secret weapon when it comes to getting fit in the pool. In our first article in this series, we looked at how pool noodle lunges, half-planks, and pushes can help you get back in shape. In this article, we’ll add even more moves you’ll want to use in your aquatic exercise routine.
Work Your Upper Body with the Pool Noodle Push and Pull
For this exercise, find a place to stand in your pool where the water reaches your chest. Then, with your elbows bent, grab the pool noodle with both hands and hold it right below the surface of the water close to your chest. Push down on the noodle until your arms are straight. Let your arms slowly return to the starting position. If you want to increase your activity level during this exercise and work more muscles, you can perform it while walking throughout the pool.
Get Your Heart Pumping with a Pool Noodle Run
Go to a spot in the water where it reaches your waist. Then wrap the pool noodle behind your back, allowing it to wrap around the back of your body forming a U shape. Grasp the two ends of the noodle with your hands. Run quickly through the water from one side of the pool all the way to the other. If you want to give your arms a workout too, you can try turning the noodle around in front of you.
Keep Moving with a Pool Noodle Jog
If you’re ready for a cool down after your pool noodle run or you simply want a bit of a lighter exercise, try a pool noodle jog. For this workout, you won’t actually touch the pool floor with your feet. Go out to a deeper area of the pool. You can either sit on the pool noodle, wrap it around your waist, or hold it in front of you, depending on which muscles you want to work the most. Then kick your feet in a jogging motion throughout the water.
Work Your Abs with Pool Noodle Tucks
For this exercise, the pool noodle will be doing its job to keep you afloat and lend you some stability while you work out your abs in the deep end of the pool. Use it to support your arms and back by wrapping it around you from behind. Point your toes to the pool floor while fully extending your legs out below you. Then bend your knees and pull them up toward your chest. Engage your abs as you hold your legs up for a few seconds. Do as many reps as you’re comfortable with, but you may want to start out with a low number. This is a pretty powerful move!
Tweak Your Obliques with a Fun Noodle Twist
This effective abdominal move is actually an alternate version of the noodle tuck. Do the same move, simply adding a twist. It’s perfect for getting rid of your muffin top! You can mix it up and work out various muscle groups by changing your body angle for ideal sculpting.
We hope these fitness tips will give you a jump start on getting into your best possible shape in the pool. You can use these exercises to help stay fit all year long. Just grab your pool noodle and head to the pool for a thirty to forty-five-minute workout several times a week in either your backyard pool or at a local fitness center. We think you’ll be impressed by your results!
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