June 24, 2014

Training Tuesday: Time for some water aerobics

Do you enjoy cross training?  Since I rarely run more than 3 days per week, cross training is necessary to keep up my fitness level.  And what better way in the summer than in the pool?


For deep water aerobics, you need a flotation belt.  Actually, you don't need this, but it makes the moves much easier to do and if you are worried about staying afloat, buy one! I have attended the deep classes several times without a belt and believe me when I say that treading water for 50 minutes is tough enough without adding in other work.

Yesterday I missed class due to an appointment lasting longer than expected.  So I strapped on my belt and jumped in my pool to get some water aerobics time on my own!  After taking several of Rachel's classes, I knew some of the moves and got to work.  Tom even caught a photo of me wearing my new belt!

Always wear a hat and cover yourself in sunscreen!
Here are some easy exercises you can do in the pool:

1.  Pool jogging  Obviously this is a shallow water activity so don't try this with a flotation belt!

2.  Rubber ball resistance for arms  If you have a small rubber ball, you can use it to do some arm exercises.  Moving it through the water in various direction will give your arms a super workout.

3. Side shuffle  Walking sideways in the pool engages your abdominal muscles.  Trying going back and forth across a pool a few times in shallow water.

4. Arm Press You can do this one in deep or shallow water.  Keep your arms in front of you with your hands cupped together and bring them in front of you and down by your sides.

5.  Lunges  I like to do these across the pool in the shallow end.  Do two or three sets of these and you will feel some burn in your legs!

6.  Jumping Jacks  The difficulty of water jumping jacks increases with the depth of the water.  Try ten and repeat if you wish.

These are some of my water exercises.  Do you have some to share?
(Pam)


13 comments:

  1. I have been wanting to get something like your floating belt. It wasn't really a belt as much as it was a floating board for exercising. Thank you for inspiring me to get out there and use my swimming pool for more than just watching my Labradors swim! ~M

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    1. Yes, get a belt from Amazon. I really enjoy using the pool for cross training.

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  2. I do pool running with a belt in the deep end :)

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    1. I have only run in the shallow end. Need to try the deep end too!

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  3. In college I was dealing with major ITBand issues, so I used what was called an "aqua jogger" that looks very similar to the belt you posted about. I basically "ran" in the pool in the deep end and had a range of workouts and intervals I did. Not only did it keep me in fantastic shape while I couldn't run but it gave me more muscle tone than I ever had before! If I had access to a pool I would make aqua jogging a regular part of my exercise regimen. I miss that tone lol. I think the pool is one of the best ways runners can stay in shape when dealing with injury.

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    1. I need someone to show me exactly how to do pool running the deep end. will be talking to my running coach tonight at practice!

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  4. What a gorgeous pool! With my severe lack of coordination, I would probably look like a drunk seal if I tried to do this stuff, lol! I do try to get some adductor work in when I am in the water though. Hopefully it will help keep those nasty IT bands in line. :)

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    1. Ha....I doubt you would look like a seal. I try to stay above water to avoid the drowned rat look!

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  5. Thanks for joining the Tuesdays on the Run link up!

    I haven't ever done any pool running, but I have friends who swear by it for keeping run ready when they are injured.

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  6. Ah that pool looks so refreshing! I really need to get some pool workouts in this summer! Thanks for linking up with us!

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  7. I love your pool. The flotation belt looks cool. I wouldn't mind trying one out for cross training.

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  8. Back in college I worked at an aerobics center during the summer and winter breaks and I always loved the outdoor pool exercise classes throughout the summer! Great way to burn calories and not get overheated!

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  9. I'm such a fan of water fitness of course. It is great for all levels of athletes, whether healthy/injured/rehabbing etc. Great way to enjoy the good weather, but still stay active and cool!

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