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Five Fun Backyard Pool Exercises for the Kids
I'm really looking forward to having the grandkids over this summer. I've come up with a few fun games we can play in the pool while getting our exercise together. Best of all, they won't even suspect that it's good for them.
Guess what, kids? Grandma just got a backyard pool. Let the games begin! I'm really looking forward to having the grandkids over this summer. I've come up with a few fun games we can play in the pool while getting our exercise together. My oldest granddaughter and I tried them out today. It'll help me with arthritis pain and keep the kids in shape. Best of all, they won't even suspect that it's good for them. Here's some fun backyard pool exercises for kids (and the rest of us), that don't feel like a workout.
A kick splash contest livens up any kids pool party. Adults will love it too. Everyone gathers in a circle with their backs to the center of the pool. Hold the pool edge, stretch out and kick until you can't kick any more. Last one kicking wins. You can also play this pool game/exercise one a time. The biggest splasher takes home the trophy.
We've all done the whirlpool. How about the back and forth walking whirlpool? The little kids don't get left out of this one even if they can't swim. Everyone walks in a circle around the pool. Once the whirlpool gets going, everyone reverses direction, walking against the current. You won't believe how hard it is to walk this way, or how much of a fun workout it is for the kids..
The beach ball pop up is a simple exercise. Once again, even little kids can have fun with it. Everyone gets a cheap beach ball. Count to three and hold the beach balls underwater. Count to three again and let them all pop up at once on the go signal. The exercise comes from holding down the balls through water resistance. Release the beach balls randomly for a "popcorn" effect.
Have you ever had a pool hop race? Kids are usually the best at it. My granddaughter beat me several times today. It's just what it sounds like: Smaller kids get to stand upright. Everyone else crouches down slightly, bouncing like frogs across the pool. It's a great calf exercise. You can race in pairs or altogether in one big confusing cluster. The pool ladder acts as the finish line.
A water dance contest doesn't involve swimming. It's simply a dance contest held in the water. Each person picks a song to dance to or chooses a partner for a duet. Kids can practice those awesome dance moves they've been rehearsing in private. They can also choose to do amateur synchronized swim moves. Contestants should be pitted against those with equal skill levels. Water resistance makes this fun activity an extraordinary exercise.