Summer in South Africa is when we all come to life! We are nature’s sun babies, drawn to the heat of this wild and glorious country! In this weather, swimming pools, lakes and oceanside lagoons provide the best location for an outdoor workout that can be done in the heat of the day without you wilting like a fallen leaf. The resistance offered by a simple water workout is everything you could want from a workout without the heat beating you down!
I spend so much time in the pool because my six-year old has learnt to swim properly and he’s pretty much convinced he’s going to be a championship swimmer one day. Good for him! Naturally, we want to encourage outdoor play and exercise in our young ones, and I’m fortunate that I work from home, so that leaves me by the pool or inside it almost on a daily basis. I’ve taken to making the most of my time spent there by doing bits of a water workout while I wait for him to perform a perfectly executed bomb drop or watch him swim a length of the pool backwards for the zillionth time. Bless his little cotton socks.
The water is an incredible resistance training tool that works against your muscles for added effort. But the best part is that you hardly feel like you’re working out. The weightlessness offered by the buoyant water leaves you bobbing about happily while your muscles get their game on. This makes it perfect for people who suffer from injury or weak joints as the stress and strain on the joint area os basically non-existent. Anything that you do against the water is going to work your muscles beautifully and it’s a really tranquil way to get a bit of a fitness fix in for the day.
Have a look at the quick video below to give you an idea of what types of exercises you can do in the water. Try and keep everything from the chest down underwater so that you’re really getting the most benefit.
Excuse the cringeworthy introduction… I clearly think I’m so funny! Such a dork!