Five Best Pool Workouts You Can Do

10Oct

The following are five of our favorite easy pool exercises, all of which are possible in the comfort of your very own backyard:

Water Running (or Walking)

If you ever have tried to walk or run laps around your pool, you know how much resistance the water can provide. This is a high-intensity cardio workout when done correctly, but it’s also low-impact because it takes all of the weight off of your knees, hips, and ankles. Some people call this “aqua jogging,” but the idea is the same. You can burn a lot of calories in your pool with this water workout just by walking or jogging in your pool.

Bicycle Kicks

There are a couple of ways to do bicycle kick exercises in the pool. The first involves resting your arms on the side of the pool behind you and using your legs to keep your body afloat through circular kicks in the motion of riding a bicycle. You also can turn a pool noodle into a crucial piece of pool exercise equipment by straddling the noodle, arms to your side, and bicycle kicking that way

Core Toners

If you want to work on your leg and core muscles, consider this exercise, which has you place your back flat against the pool wall, your arms extended backward holding the edge of the pool. Then, you lift your straight legs in front of you, open them into a “V” and close them again. Repeat this as many times as your legs will allow, but try to complete them in sets of 20. Your legs and abs will thank you!

Water Crunches

Another great ab exercise is the pool equivalent of a sit-up. Drape your knees over the edge of the pool as you float on your back in the water, then try to pull your upper body as far out of the water as you can. Give yourself extra resistance by lowering yourself slowly back into the water. Repeat these in sets of 20, as well.

Swim Laps

Depending on the size of your pool, just swimming continuously for any period of time will burn calories, get your heart rate up, and really work the muscles in your arms. It won’t take long for this simple workout to wear you down, but if you’ve got that pool in your backyard, why not use it to tone up a little bit this summer? Swimming laps is one of the easiest ways to do that.

Best Practices To Keep Safe While Staying In A Hotel Room

20Aug

1. Book Rooms With Good Lock Systems

When booking a hotel room, ask them what type of locking system is on the room doors. With the increase in crime in the world, it’s a good idea to book a hotel room that features either an electronic locking system or that has a deadbolt and chain lock to help reduce the risk of break-ins. It’s also a good idea to choose a hotel that features a peephole on their doors. This allows you to see who is at the door prior to opening it. This will help you and your belongings to stay safe.

2. Staff Visits and Room Service

Room service or staff visits to your room may be needed at times depending on the hotel and room that you’ve chosen. However, there have been incidents where criminals have posed as hotel employees to gain access to the room and to your items. If you’ve been approached by a ‘hotel’ staff at a strange hour, or you haven’t been notified they were coming, call the front desk first before letting them in to confirm that they have sent someone to talk to you. If they haven’t it’s best to notify the hotel staff and to not open the door.

3. Keep The Essentials Closes

When staying in a hotel, it’s a good idea to keep your essential items close to you in case you have to leave in a hurry. Keep your wallet, keys, phone, and a pair of shoes next to the bed, so if there’s an evacuation notice, you don’t have to rush around, half asleep to find everything that you need. It’s not uncommon that a hotel has been evacuated due to a fire outbreak or another reason, and if you leave your wallet behind it can be hard for you to get your cards and ID back again or updated, especially in a new country.

4. Lock Valuables In A Safe

If you have a choice and the money when booking a hotel room, it’s a good idea to try and book one that has a safe. Hotel rooms that have safes offer more security for those who have valuable possessions. When going out you can place your computer and any other expensive device within the safe for the day without the risk of it getting stolen. These safes are generally fixed within the wall. Because of this it makes it hard for thieves to take them out and damage them.