You don’t have to swim laps to get your workout on in the pool! I’m a working mom and have to get my workout in when I can. Where I live its 97 degrees in the shade. Our backyard pool has been my savior. I can play with my kid and work out. I did this on my recent vacation and decided to continue this week. its a nice change of pace. I warm up by treading water then alternate resistance training with cardio. My waterproof watch helps me keep time. You can use water weights but a noodle or pool ball will do. Don’t forget your sunscreen.
- warm up 5 min tread water 2 minutes, Butt kickers 2 minutes, jumping jacks 1 minute
- lateral arm raises, front arm raise hammer curls and dips for 2 minutes (about 30 each)
- cardio 2 minutes – jumping jacks,but kickers
- squats and lunges on pool stairs 1 minute
- I repeat x 3 then I swim laps last 5 minutes
You can workout on Vacation without going to the icky gym. If you have a kid it’s even better. My daughter wants to spend the day in the pool. I decided to take advantage of that. I could have laid by the pool & ate and drank. That would be lots of calories and not fun. Don’t get me wrong I did eventually have a drink and shrimp avocado ceviche but that was after 2 hours in the pool. We played volleyball ,basketball and I used a noodle thing for resistance training. We raced and dunked each other under water. I was exhausted when I got out. I finally convinced her to play with the other kids in the pool. She stayed in another two hours. I have a pool at home. I have to remember that on really hot days it’s a great way to exercise. I don’t use my pool nearly as much as I should. Do you have any favorite pool exercises?
You don’t need much to get your fitness on. I have a home gym. We took a spare room and made it the gym. We’ve had it for years and use it off and on. My family is now on a fitness phase and we are using our room quite often. I don’t need much equipment but my husband is a big guy so we have a weight machine. I love my exercise bike. We got it from Costco a few years ago. It’s a spinning bike. We even have cycling shoes that clip in the peddles. I use kettle bells and medicine ball for resistance training. We put rubber mats on the floor. This makes it cool to do cardio. I put a flat screen in the corner so I can do on-demand exercise or DVD’s. We added a ceiling fan so I don’t faint. I know everyone doesn’t have room for a home gym. You don’t really need all this stuff. When my husband and I exercise at the same time, I will grab my kettle bells and go to another room. I like to change-up my routine to keep from getting bored. So I often just grab my stuff a go outside. I think my favorite equipment is my heart rate monitor. I have a polar F 7. It has a strap which I don’t actually mind. It’s essential to check my calories burned. I don’t want to overestimate. Whatever your fitness style is the most important thing is to get it done. Don’t let lack of equipment prevent you from exercising.