Stand in the water up to your chest, with your feet in line with your shoulders and your back straight. Hold the noodle (or any float) with both hands in front of you. Slightly bend your arms.
Imagine your trunk, head, and arms as one giant hinge joint. Move this imaginary joint forward from your hips - as one unit - by contracting your abdomen, until your head is about to get dunked underwater. Then go back slowly, by relaxing your abdominal muscles, and let the noodle push you back up, to the starting position.Control the movement of your body by concentrating on the contraction and relaxation of your abdominal muscles. It is important to keep your lower body firmly attached to the floor. This helps to keep your body in a stable position while isolating the abdominal muscles.
Exhale as you push your torso down and inhale as you relax back up.
This exercise works your abs, specifically the upper part. Arm muscles help too keep the noodle underwater.
This abs exercise is a great alternative for people who can't swim, or who don't like deep-water workouts. All you need for this exercise is a noodle or any float with a good grip. Unlike deep water crunches or lying crunches, this version is more comfortable, being done in a standing position with feet firm on the floor.
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