Mumbai, summer’s here and it’s time to chill: Here's how

  • Lavina Mulchandani, Hindustan Times
  • Updated: Apr 11, 2015 18:25 IST

On days as hot as these, the pool is the only place that seems tolerable. And you don’t need to be an ace swimmer to be a water baby. Just stick to the shallow end, invite some friends to join you and have a pool party that will keep you cool and even help you work out without knowing it.

“Swimming pool games are refreshing with many health benefits. Any physical activity or a workout in a pool optimises the calorie-burning process,” says Mickey Mehta, health and fitness expert. “Pool games are done in chest or waist-deep water, which makes it possible for all age groups to participate and enjoy.”

Aqua-aerobics is also gaining popularity as a fitness alternative. “Water is therapeutic in various health problems like knee and joint problems, arthritis, Parkinson's disease and Alzheimer's disease,” says aqua-aerobics trainer Deepali Jain. “You can burn about 1,000 to 1,200 calories per hour working out in a swimming pool.”

Homemaker Meghna Doshi, 32, has been attending aqua-aerobics classes for two years. “I have lost almost 4 kg in 10 sessions through aqua-aerobics and a diet,” she says. “I joined the classes due to a back issue, which has disappeared after the sessions.”

So go ahead, plan some summer games with a splash.

Pools you can use:

Moss The Resort
WHERE: Chandip, Shirsad Ambadi Road, near Bapuji Jadhav High School, Vasai (E)
When: 9 am to 5 pm; Call: 99753-34222
Cost: Rs 200 per day

C’est La Vie
WHERE: 164, Hill Road, next to Mamagoto, Bandra (W)
When: 7 am to 11 pm
Call: 6132-2222
Cost: Rs 800 per day

The Resort
WHERE: 11, Madh-Marve Road, Aksa Beach, Malad (W)
When: 8 am to 6 pm
Call: 2844-7777
Cost: Rs 800 per day

The Park
WHERE: No 1, Sector 10, Belapur,near CIDCO Bhavan, Belapur, Navi Mumbai
When: 7 am to 7 pm
Call: 6758-9000
Cost: Rs 200 per hour

Aqua-zumba pool party
WHAT: Zumba instructor Sucheta Pal is conducting an aqua-zumba ‘party’ today.
WHERE: Gold’s Gym, Raghuleela Arcade, Vishwaroop IT Park, Sector 30A, Vashi, Navi Mumbai; WHEN: 8 pm to 9 pm
CALL: 98333-63065; COST: Rs 700

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