Weekend Workout: Water Fitness
Want to lose weight without breaking a sweat? Hop in the pool! This fun, water workout burns mega calories while helping to tone your body. Check out the moves that will help you slim down in a splash!
Targets: Arms, back, chest, butt, abs and hamstrings
In the deep end of the pool tread water while making small circles with cupped hands. Lift your right leg towards the surface of the pool, keeping it straight in front of you at hip level. At the same time reach the toes of your left leg toward the bottom of the pool. Hold for 5 seconds. Quickly switch legs, bringing your right leg down as you raise the left and hold for 5 seconds. Continue for 30 seconds, alternating between sides.
Targets: Hips, abs and arms
Start by standing in the shallow end of the pool. Sit back into the water, treading with hands at your sides, while simultaneously lifting both legs so that you fold at the hips. Your body should resemble a wide V, with your head and toes just above the surface. While you hold the V position move cupped hands in small circles by the hips to tread water and propel yourself forward. This will enable you to ‘scull’ down the length of the pool. Continue for 30 seconds.
Targets: Legs, butt, abs and back
In chest-deep water face the pool wall. With your left hand grip the pool deck. Place your right palm, fingers pointed down, against the wall just below the water (this will lend you stability). Extend your legs behind you, keeping both feet and knees together at water level. Channel your inner dolphin and begin kicking with legs held together. You should initiate the motion with your abs and hips and then transfer it through the thighs to knees and finally the feet. Kick as fast and hard as you can for 30 seconds. Your goal is to make the biggest waves possible.