Summer is in full swing and a lot of us are spending quality time at lakes, beaches and the pool, which is where this workout plan was developed, said Jeffery Beck, exercise specialist from the Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute in Murray.
Beck recommends that you complete the following nautical inspired exercise routine twice weekly in order to strengthen your upper and lower body as well as your heart!
1) Starfish Jumps: Stand with your feet together. Squat down a quarter of the way and then explode up off the ground simultaneously spreading your arms and legs out in the shape of a starfish while in the air. Land softly and repeat. Complete 3 sets of 10 reps.
2) Clam Exercise: This is commonly used to help rehab lower back pain and hip injuries. Lie on your side and prop yourself up on your elbow. Stack your legs and bend your knees 90 degrees. Raise the upper leg toward the sky while keeping your feet in contact with one another. Lower the leg down to starting position. Complete 10 reps and then switch sides. Complete 3 sets of 10 reps per leg.
3) Standing Towel Row: Grab a rolled up towel with both hands at either end and hold it at the level of your chest with outstretched arms in front of you. In order for this exercise to work properly, you must stretch the towel as tight as possible. Bend your knees and pull the towel toward you in a rowing motion. Return to starting position. As long as the towel is held tight, you will feel the tension in your back and arms. Complete 3 sets of 10-15 reps.