Friday, January 9, 2009

Fun Fitness in the Pool

As part of my best year quest, I've been trying to incorporate exercise into my life so that it is (mostly) fun and together with the rest of the family. The weather here has been so lovely and warm that we have been spending quite a lot of time in the pool. While the kids are in the water I don't want to be swimming laps, but I have found a great and cheap way to get in some exercise while still playing with the kids.

  1. Invest in a pool noodle. These are incredibly cheap - mine cost less than $5. You can do an amazing range of resistance exercises in the water, as well as great cardio that doesn't involve swimming laps. I'll post my exercises in the next couple of days.

  2. Play water polo. We use an inflatable beach ball, and then try and aim at "goals". This is a great cardio workout in deeper water.

  3. Have duck-diving competitions. Throw objects that sink to the bottom of the pool and then who ever picks up the most wins. This is another great cardio exercise.

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