Aqua Toning: Beat the heat and firm up

With this summer’s heat wave in full sizzle, it’s time to jump in the water and cool off as best you can. Here are three aqua toning exercises you can do at the beach, the lake or the pool.
Aqua Exercises – Stand in water shoulder height with your feet at least hip width apart and knees slightly bent, breathing normally. For all exercises keep water weights or air filled water bottles submerged. If you are just getting started you can use your hands as paddles for less resistance than aqua weights or plastic bottles. Weights with water for less resistance. Less water for more resistance.
Rows: Back and Arms – Keep weights just below the surface and using the broad side for resistance, push one slosh weight straight out in front of you while pulling the other straight back behind you. Then switch directions keeping the weights in the water the whole time.
Shoulders/arms/triceps – Extend arms in front of chest, palms down. Move arms straight down and extend in back of your hips.
Biceps: Upper arms/forearms – Arms are at sides palms up. As you hold the weights. Slowly pull arms as you bend elbows and bring weights up to your shoulders. Then lower them back down.
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Mirabai Holland M.F.A. legendary fitness pioneer is one of the leading authorities in the Health & Fitness industry, and public health activist who specializes in preventive and rehabilitative exercise for people. Her Moving Free® approach to exercise is designed to provide a movement experience so pleasant it doesn’t feel like work.

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