You love to lounge by the side of the pool—with only an occasional venture into the water—but also want to stay fit. Well, if that’s you, then we have a few tips for you as you stay poolside. Here goes:
- To warm up, walk the perimeter of the pool for 10 minutes. You can also walk the perimeter for 10 minutes of each hour you’re sitting poolside to keep your metabolism up.
- When you take a dip, go to the shallow end of the pool, stand at the side and try these leg swings. Water should be up to your lower back. Hold onto the edge of the pool and swing your outside leg forward as far as possible while keeping your leg straight. Hold this position for five to ten seconds, then swing your leg back behind you. Hold this position for another five to ten seconds. Repeat both of these motions 10 to 15 times or as many as you wish.
- While you’re in the pool, you can also try wall chairs, which are good abdominal exercises. Go to a corner in the pool where the water rises to the chest area. Place both arms on the edge of the pool, put legs together and use abdominal muscles to pull legs—bending at the knees—towards chest. Repeat this motion 10 to 15 times. You can also work on your oblique muscles by twisting your lower body and knees to the right and left, alternating the two, while performing this exercise.
- Go to the deep end of the pool and tread water for as long as you can to build your muscle endurance. Alternate treading with just your arms, then your legs, then both.
- To warm down, get out of the pool and strike some of your favorite yoga poses or stretching exercises while poolside.
In order to avoid risk of injury, please seek advice directly from your physician, especially if you have existing medical issues, before beginning any exercise or nutritional program. Also, be sure to stretch after exercise to avoid muscle and joint tightness.