The snow may be falling and the winds may be howling, but it’s never too soon to start dreaming of warm temperatures and the return of swim season. In fact, if you and your family have access to an indoor pool or heated garage or large, tiled area, your blissful afternoons spent by the refreshing water never have to end — even when it’s 20 degrees outside. Check your local community center for indoor pools or get a small above-ground pool for your little ones to practice in before summer hits.
To encourage your kids to enjoy spending time in the pool and inspire yourself to get some much-needed exercise, there are a variety of innovative types of technology and other equipment. Check out the following ideas to get everyone in the family in the pool:
Aqua Jogger Fitness Belts
In this season of New Year’s Resolutions, purchasing some equipment that makes it fun and easy to get a good workout in the pool makes a lot of sense. For example, the Aqua Jogger Fitness Belt is perfect for swimmers of all ages and fitness levels. These clever and supportive belts turn any pool into a great place for a workout, and they will allow you and your kids to do just about any type of land activity you can think of, from running and aerobic dancing to cross-country skiing. The comfy belt will suspend you in the water at shoulder level, which lets you rest easily in the water and use the majority of your body to exercise.
TomTom Spark Cardio Fitness Tracker
A great tech item that will encourage you to swim laps is the TomTom Spark Cardio fitness tracker. This resilient and waterproof device can handle time in the pool with ease. As a bonus, you can play music while swimming laps, and also get accurate heart rate, time, distance, speed and pace info. A word of advice — you might want to pick up a couple waterproof fitness trackers if you can. Kids love wearing these devices and will enjoy timing themselves as they crawl, butterfly and dog paddle their way across the pool.
Waterproof Smartphone Case
While it’s important to keep a smartphone near the pool in case of emergency, we all know that phones do not mix well with water. To keep your phones safe and maybe even take a few selfies under water, consider purchasing a couple Griffin Survivor Waterproof phone cases. This rugged, affordable and waterproof case is designed to handle accidental and intentional drops in up to nine feet of water. Your kids are sure to love using their phones by or even in the pool; for instance, as you paddle back and forth they can stay busy taking some silly selfies under water, or you can ask them to take video of your swimming stroke from below the surface to check that your form is spot on.
Mini Bluetooth Speakers
If you love working out to good music but are unsure how to combine your favorite tunes with 20 minutes of aqua aerobics, check out the SoundLink Mini Bluetooth Speaker II from Bose. This innovative little speaker can be set up on a nearby table or chair and will deliver amazingly powerful and natural sound. You can connect it wirelessly to your waterproof smartphone, which will allow you to enjoy your music while working out in the water. The battery lasts a full 10 hours, which means you won’t have to recharge it after every workout.