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Summer is quickly approaching and with it comes a deep desire to look good in your swimsuit. Whether you have a few pounds to shed or you simply would like to firm a few areas, there is a great workout machine in your yard that you might have overlooked: the swimming pool! If you enjoy swimming and you are looking to achieve a more healthy physique, then jump into the water and start training. And if you were fortunate enough to have been enrolled in swimming classes for kids, you’d have had gotten the ‘drift’ by now. Here are a few tips for getting healthier and exercising in your very own pool.
Most Chattanooga pool owners have a few foam noodles lying around, but who knew that they were good for a workout? Because this toy is buoyant, you will have to utilize several key muscle groups in order to sit on the noodle. Try sitting on the noodle and staying there for 30 seconds at a time, and your core will thank you later.
Place the noodle around your back and lace your arms over the noodle. Now, begin to raise your legs to your chest and hold them for 5 seconds, then release and point your toes towards the bottom. Try doing 15 reps to tone your abs as well as your thighs.
Place the noodle under your stomach. Then, hold the ladder and extend your legs so that you are floating in a plank position. While holding the ladder, you will need to drop your legs, together, to form a 90 degree angle. This will target your hips, thighs, and buttocks.
Using the noodle again, place the noodle under your legs, around your knees. Begin the process of sitting up, bringing your hands towards your knees. Try 20 repetitions at a time and your abs will be screaming.
Standing in chest deep water with your legs shoulder width apart, hold the noodle directly in front of you. Squat down, forming a 90 degree angle with your legs, and push the noodle as far down as possible. When coming back up try twisting to either the left or the right to target your oblique muscles.