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Thursday, June 16th, 2016

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Keep your children active this summer season by using pool time for exercise. It’s fun, motivating, and a great way to stay fit. Join your child and make exercising fun for the whole family.

 

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Benefits

Water provides natural resistance, making it an excellent medium for building muscle strength and tone. It is effective as a cardiovascular workout, without placing stress on your body’s joints.

Aerobic activities with fun equipment

  • Water Relays:
    • Walk across the pool with huge monster steps
    • Walk backwards
    • Sideways shuffle around the perimeter of the pool
  • Pool Noodle games:
    • “Jump” rope forwards and backwards
    • Straddle the noodle like a horse, and race to the other side of the pool
    • Hold one noodle in each hand parallel to your body to create a “motorboat.” Turn it on by kicking with your legs
  • Kickboards:
    • Kick hard across the pool while resting chest and arms on the kickboard
    • On your back, hold the kickboard with both hands and flutter
  • Aquajoggers:
    • “Jog” in the pool (body vertical in the water) with your legs, while pulling the water towards you with alternating hands
    • Jog while holding a noodle above your head like a rainbow
    • While vertical in the water, hold a water barbell in each hand and do jumping jacks

Safety Tips

  • Be sure that your child can touch the bottom of the pool comfortable to stand up for a break when necessary
  • Use sun block liberally and re-apply regularly
  • Drink lots of water. Although your child is in the water, he/she will still need to drink frequently
This entry was posted on Thursday, June 16th, 2016 and is filed under Gross Motor Activities, Seasonal Tips.

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