The Life Aquatic

Sure, swimming laps might be an obvious choice for a water workout, but there are plenty more exercises you can do to tighten and tone. Grab a pool noodle and try these three moves in your pool, or at the lake this summer.

1/ Flyback bicycle Sit on the middle of your noodle, with one leg on each side, like a bicycle (so that it makes a U-shape under you in the water). Extend your arms just below shoulder height and sweep them back and forth as you bicycle your legs, to push you backwards. Do 2 laps of the pool (depending on the size) or time yourself for 1 minute. Do 3 sets.

2/ Plank In the shallow end, hold your noodle in front of you pushing it down with straight arms as you extend your legs straight behind you, toes touching the bottom. Hold for 90 seconds. (Don’t forget it’s much easier in the water, so you can hold it for longer!) Do 3 sets. TIP: For added difficulty add 8 to 12 knee tucks. Just pull your knees into your chest, then shoot your legs out behind you to plank position again.

3/ Crunch Holding the noodle under your shoulders, with legs extended and abs engaged, bend your knees and pull your thighs to your chest, then extend. Do 8 to 12 reps. Do 3 sets.