Tone Up Tuesday: Arm Workouts for the Pool
Chances are pretty high that you're going to be nearby a pool at some point this summer, so today's Tone Up Tuesday features the perfect arm workouts for a day spent lounging! Just because you're in a bathing suit and soaking up the sun doesn't mean you can't squeeze in a few "sneaky workouts". These two moves are great because you need only the edge of a pool and your own body weight in order to crank them out. I like to hop in the water when I start to feel the sun getting too intense, but with these, I can also work my arms a little at the same time and then swim a few laps to cool down after. Check each one out below, and give them a try next time you're sitting pretty poolside!
- Start by facing the edge of the pool and place your palms on the side, a little wider than shoulder width apart. Lower yourself down partially into the water.
- Exhale and push yourself up (as if you were trying to exit the pool). Make sure to keep your shoulders away from your ears, and engage your core!
- Inhale and slowly lower yourself back into the pool, stopping when your elbows are bent almost to 90 degrees. Be sure not to touch the bottom of the pool. (If you're in the shallow end, bend your knees to avoid jumping or pushing yourself off). Repeat for two sets of 20 reps!
- Sit on the side of the pool and face inwardly toward the water, with your palms flat on the pool edge (fingers can fold over the edge for support!). Lower into the water until your legs and back are parallel to the pool wall.
- Push up with your arms until your elbows straighten and lower with control back into the water. Lower only as far as is comfortable to raise back up to avoid injury. Engage your core and keep those shoulders from creeping toward your ears! Repeat for 2 sets of 20 reps.
Interested in joining me for this month's health and fitness accountability group? I'd be happy to help you reach your own goals for the summer, just leave your deets below! :)