Do you dream of showing off your shapely legs under flowing dresses and daring to wear shorts without unsightly dapples on your knees and thighs this summer holiday?
It's time for Operation Mermaid Legs!
THE BASICS: SWIM WITH A BOARD
To get back or to acquire super-toned legs, nothing beats kicks, preferably with mini-fins. Hold the board in front of you, keep your arms straight, keep in your lane and start your laps!
If you really dislike laps, here are some exercises from AQUAGym which you can do alone with your own equipment.
To tone your thighs:
Keep your back stuck to the side of the pool and the leg that touches the bottom slightly bent. Lift the other one our in front of you, bending your knee to 90 degrees, keep toes pointed. Straighten your leg out in front of you, in a wide movement. Start slowly and then accelerate. Do series of 15 movements with each leg.
To tone your inner thighs:
In deep water, place a pool noodle under each armpit. Bend your knees in front of you, then open and close your legs. Do series of 15 movements. Each time, don't forget to contract your abs and remember to breathe!
For slimmer legs:
Keep your feet together, straight back, facing the side of the pool, and place your hands on the edge. Lift one leg on the side, and make large circles, keeping straight. Do 15 rotations clockwise and 15 anti-clockwise, then change leg.
To slim down your thighs:
Pedalling is the best way to reduce flabby thighs that ruin our figures. Sit on the ladder, hold on the rails and pedal with your legs out in front of you as if you were on a bike. You will of course be in the way of people who want to get in and out. But it will be an opportunity to take a break. Try to do this exercise for 10 minutes in total.
For slimmer ankles:
Keep straight, both feet together. Like a dancer, go up on pointe, then back down with your heels on the floor. Do series of 15 movements. For a change, you can have your feet in first position, with your heels together, but toes apart.
Learning to swim comes first.
Learning to swim is an important life skill that we take very seriously here at The Beach Company. We have been helping parents and coaches teach kids how to swim, with well known water introduction and swim aid products as Baby Seat, Swim Vests, Arm Floats, Swim Rings and more.
"It's my first time in the pool!"
Before they can learn to swim, babies need to first feel comfortable in the water. Our Swim Step 1 products are designed to help baby (and parents!) relax and enjoy the water introduction experience. The Beach Company Baby Seat feature wide bases to enhance security, have play spaces for toys, comfortable mesh seats, bright engaging colors and characters, and sun canopies (on some items) to protect delicate skin.
"I'm ready to paddle and splash."
Swim Step 2 products are designed to provide just the right amount of support and comfort to your budding little swimmer as they learn to balance and paddle, important pre-swimming skills. In addition to mom or dad being right by their side, our swim training aids can help your toddler get ready for swimming lessons. Swim Step 2 products include our Swim Vests and Swim Rings.
"Teach me to swim so we can play together."
As kids get older, they're ready to begin truly learning to swim. They've mastered water balancing and paddling and they may already have some other swimming skills. Swim Step 3, our Arm Bands and Kick Boards, is perfect for kids at this stage - it's just like training wheels for the water! Graduated flotation gives you the tools to progress your child's swimming ability at his or her own pace.