Splish splash! We’re getting to that time of year when the snow bunnies retreat and us fair-weather enthusiasts are out and about. Pools will be opening soon and the water will be warming up, just in time for us to look into water sports. Even if your version of “water sport” is floating around the pool on your favorite oversized flamingo raft, water activities are good for your body and help to shake up your workout routine. Check out these water sport ideas for some inspiration!
Swimming builds endurance, keeps your heart rate up, and is easy on the joints. Swimming laps a few times a week will help keep your heart healthy, your lungs strong, and gives you an all-body workout. Since it’s such a low-impact activity, swimming can be done at just about any age and, with indoor pools in most gyms, can be done any time of year.
Stand up paddle boarding, or SUP, can be described as a combination of kayaking and surfing. Wider than a surf board, but with the stability (and paddle) of a kayak, SUPs help with balance and will strengthen our core muscles due to the constant stabilization required to stay upright on the board while paddling through the water. It’s a great leg, core, and arm workout, not to mention you get to check out your local lakes, rivers, ocean, or bay!
Snorkeling is a fun, inexpensive way to see the world from another perspective. All you need is a pair of goggles, a snorkel, and if you’re feeling fancy, a pair of fins. There are places all over the country that are great to explore. Go on a clear, calm day for best viewing results!
What’s your favorite water sport and what’s one you’re hoping to try this year?
*Water Safety Message: Always check the water and weather conditions before you jump in. Take stock of your swimming abilities and don’t take unnecessary risks when swimming in swift waters. Go with a buddy and tell someone else where you’ll be and when you plan to return.