Wow! It seems like I just blinked and the beginning of July was tapping on my shoulder! I’ve been keeping myself very busy with clients and events with Dr. Weil and Activate Drinks! Summer is officially here and temperatures are soaring, so what better way to get in a good workout and stay cool than to jump in the pool? Here are some moves you can do while wading in the water this summer!
PLANK IN THE POOL– Standing with your feet hip-width apart, place both hands on a foam pool noodle or other flotation device. Push the flotation device out in front of you until your arms are straight and move your feet backward as far as possible while keeping your back and legs straight and your feet flat on the pool floor. Hold the pose for 15 to 30 seconds.
SEATED PILATES ROLL-UP- Hold hand buoys in front of your chest at water level and from a seated position with legs extended straight out together in front of your body at a 90-degree angle, extend the hand buoys forward, bend at the waist and reach toward your toes. Exhale. Be sure to inhale while pulling hand buoys back toward your chest as the upper body sits upright again and continues to lie down supine on top of water. Complete 8-10 repetitions.
UPWARD FACING DOG- Using a therapy swim bar or aqua noodle, position your body so that the water line is just below the chest and hands are shoulder-width apart. Push the noodle or bar under the water straight down under the shoulders while keeping your shoulders down. Extend your legs back, hip-distance apart, with the tops of your feet touching the bottom of the pool and let your hips drop down. Draw the pubic bone forward as you pull upward with the chest.
Now, hit up your nearest indoor pool (or backyard of you’re lucky) and try these Pool Pilates moves on for size and let’s have a great summer!