Fat-Burning Exercises: Pool Workouts
Splash Your Way Slim
Shallow Water Cardio Combos
Pilates for the Pool
Take an already de-stressing workout and make it even more soothing. Katz suggests these moves as adaptations of asanas typically performed on a mat.
Roll down: Begin with your back against the wall. Lower chin to chest, rolling down the wall as slowly as possible. Pull your abs inward to help support your lower back. Only roll down to a point at which your tailbone maintains contact with the pool wall.
Child’s pose: Hold on to the edge of the pool with elbows bent, shins on pool wall, and knees bent. Relax your neck and let your head drop forward or rest it on the deck or on your hands.
Mountain pose: In waist- to chest-deep water, bring your hands to your sides, then extend your arms overhead with palms pressed together. Focus on squeezing your arms toward each other, trying to touch your ears with your inner arms. Hold for 3 breaths, then slowly bring arms back to starting position.
Cobra: Stand in waist- to chest-deep water and hold on to the side of the pool, facing the pool wall. Lower your head, back, and shoulders to the water’s surface. To make the move more challenging, move away from the side of the pool and hold on to a noodle instead. Slowly push the noodle down while you arch your back.
Downward dog: Face the pool wall, holding on to the edge with both hands, your feet pressing into the wall underneath your hands. Hold for 3 breaths.
Toe lock: Stand tall with your back against the wall. Lift your right leg up and grab your big toe, keeping your leg straight. Move your leg out to the right, then return it to the center.
Water warrior: Stand in waist-deep water with your feet 3 to 4 feet apart. Bend your right leg until your shin is at a 90-degree angle with the pool bottom, your knee stacked over your ankle. Extend arms horizontally at shoulder level with palms facing downward. Switch sides and repeat.