The summer sun can be unbereable but what if I shared some simple and easy to-do workouts that burn tons of calories while havins tons of fun? Something as simple as treading water vigorously can burn up to 11 calories a minute! So next time your poolside take your body for a dip and your core one step closer to being bikini ready.
Tip: Ensure to perform as many reps fo each exercise as you can in 30 seconds, rest, then repeat. Keep in mind consistency is key.
Targets: Arms, back, chest, abs, butt, and hamstrings.
How To: In the deep end, tread water, making small circles with cupped hands, and lift right leg straight in front of you at hip level while reaching toes of left leg toward bottom of pool. Hold for 5 seconds. Switch legs quickly, bringing right leg down as you raise left leg, and hold for 5 seconds. Continue for 30 seconds, alternating sides. Squeeze your glutes and quads to keep your legs straight.
Targets: Butt, Abs, Butt, and Legs
How To: Hugging beach ball to chest, float on back, legs extended, feet together. Roll toward left and over top of ball (like an otter spinning in the water), using entire body — shoulders, back, core, legs — to make a full revolution, returning to start. Take a breath. (Beginners can rock from side to side with head above water throughout.) Continue for 30 seconds, alternating direction of roll. Really drive your leading shoulder and hip into the water to get rolling.
Workout: Ball Lever
Targets: Shoulders, back, triceps, and abs
How To: Holding beach ball with arms stretched straight in front of you, float facedown in chest-deep water so legs are extended behind you, feet together. Keeping arms straight, pull ball underneath you, drawing it as fast as you can through water toward thighs in an arc. (As the ball is pressed underneath, it will lift you out of water to take a breath; beginners can keep head above water throughout.) When ball reaches thighs, bend elbows to bring it back to surface and press it forward to return to start position. Continue for 30 seconds. Keep your arms as straight as possible and your body straight and stiff to get the most muscle sculpting.
Workout: Pike Skull
Targets: Abs, hips, and arms
How To: Standing in shallow end of pool, simultaneously sit back into water, treading with hands by sides, and lift both legs together so that you fold at the hips (like a jackknife) and your body forms a wide V, with head and toes just above surface. Maintaining V position, move cupped hands in small circles by hips to tread water and propel yourself forward (sculling) down length of pool for 30 seconds. If your toes start sinking under the water, widen the angle of the V and tighten your abs.
Workout: Wave Maker
Targets: Back, abs, butt, and legs
How To: Facing pool wall in chest-deep water, hold on to edge of pool deck with left hand and place right palm, fingers pointing down, against wall just below water line for stability. Extend legs behind you at water level with both feet and knees together, then kick like a dolphin: Initiate the motion with abs and hips and transfer it through thighs to knees and finally to feet. Kick as hard and as fast as you can for 30 seconds, trying to make the biggest waves possible. If you can't make waves for a full 30 seconds, don't stop! Separate your legs and do flutter kicks.