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Paddle Boarding …. And Other Fun Summer Workouts

Me on the paddle board in Maine!

Me on the paddle board in Maine!

Looking for a new kind of workout this summer? Try stand up paddle boarding. I discovered this workout a few summers ago in Maine when I nice gentleman offered his paddle board to our family while we were staying on Lovejoy Pond.  I was amazed at how easy it was to get up.  Staying up those first few minutes wasn’t as easy.  However, after about 10 minutes I got the hang of it and ventured out onto the lake for my first paddle board workout. [Read more…]

Have You Tried Pool Running? Great Workout!

poolIf you haven’t tried pool running, now is a great time to give it a whirl!  With the heat of summer upon us, a good pool workout can help you stay fit and cool at the same time.  I have had the Aqua Jogger for about 20 years, but you really don’t need one to run in the pool.  You can run without any device, or you can use a “noodle” that most kids use to play with in the water.  Many runners (Mary Decker Slaney and Joan Benoit Samuelson to name a few) have used water running to combat injury in the height of their training. In the water, running can be continued without the impact of the hard surface of the roads.  In fact, water running has an added workout benefit…resistance.  You can feel the resistance immediately, and because water pressure in a pool is 12 times greater than air pressure,  a pool provides two extremes at once–the resistance to stress the body, and the liquid density to protect it. [Read more…]