Workouts For Exercising in a Swim Spa
If you’ve had a swim spa installed in your home, you want to get the most out of your investment. Learning about the best swim spa exercises and workout routines is a great start.
Swim spas are a beautiful addition to any home or property but the main point of having one is using it to benefit your health through exercise and stress relief.
However, many people find that once the swim spa is installed, they aren’t sure quite what to do with it or how to best use it to their advantage.
If you’re looking for some tips for exercising in a swim spa, you’ve come to the right place. The following ideas will help you get started on getting the most out of your home swim spa.
Swim Spa Exercises
1. Swim Spa Swimming Workouts
Of course, you should swim in your swim spa. Swimming in a swim spa is a bit different than swimming in a large swimming pool, but these spas are literally made for doing laps – and best of all, you don’t have to waste time turning around every few strokes.
In fact, doing laps in a swim spa can be even beneficial to your body than doing laps the traditional way because of the resistance created by the high-powered jets. Your body will need to work consistently hard in order to stay in place, and that’s good for both your muscles and your heart.
Swim spa exercises like swimming are just the best.
2. Walking or Jogging
Walking or jogging in your swim spa can also result in a great workout. You can control the amount of resistance by adjusting the jets and walking or jogging against the current will help to strengthen and condition your lower body.
Best of all, when you run or walk in a swim spa, you won’t be putting anywhere near as much strain on your ankles, knees, and hips as you would running or walking on the road, a trail, or even on a treadmill. And, once your walk or jog is complete, you can turn off the jets and dip your upper body and head under to cool yourself down.
A swim spa is a wonderful place to practice yoga. This type of exercise in a swim spa will not only help you to build strength and balance, but it will also relax and calm your mind as well.
The warm water will help you to stretch your muscles and you’ll likely be able to get into more complex postures that you might struggle with when unsupported. Further, the buoyancy will allow you to hold positions longer and go into them more deeply.
Once you do yoga in your swim spa, you’ll never want to go back to the mat!
4. Toning Exercises For Great Swim Spa Workout Routines
A swim spa is also an excellent place for toning. There are so many different toning swim spa exercises you can do in one. You can use stretch cords to tone the upper body as you would in the gym, and you can also do pushups on the entry steps or using the exercise bar.
You can also do exercises to tone your lower body like squats and kickbacks – with or without the jets on. You can even do lower abdominal crunches by sitting with your back to the wall, putting your arms at your sides, and pulling your knees into your chest.
Below we list twelve exercises against the resistance of the water. Add weights made to use in the water, strength bands, exercise bars, and a kickboard and you will be all set.
- Use a boxing technique toward the jets with left jabs, rights jabs, uppercuts, kicks, and more.
- Stand looking toward the jets, open your arms wide, and do big bear hugs toward the jets. As you stabilize your feet, you with be working both your core and your chest.
- Do jumping jacks with weights.
- Using the kickboard, push it toward the jets while twisting your body to the right and the left.
- Stand and swing your body into the jets as if you were swinging a baseball bat.
- Jump up and down and kick your butt. You can keep your legs together or do one leg at a time.
- Jump up and down doing squats with legs together, or you can put one leg in front, the other leg in back, jump up and down sinking into the water, and switch legs.
- You can also jump up and bring your knees to your chest and down.
- Stand straight up with legs and feet together. Jump up and, at the same time, push the water down with your hands.
- Bend into a seated position toward the jets and perform a rowing motion.
- Use a speed skater motion. Start standing with legs slightly apart, jump to the left side, and land on your left leg then repeat to the right.
- Stand straight, twist at your waist down to one side, then the other. Also, look to the right and twist and repeat to the left.
The American Council on Exercise recommends working out in the water is best to do in intervals, 45 seconds of exercise than 15 seconds of rest. However, depending on one’s personal physical fitness these interval times can be adjusted.
A recent study has shown that this type of training triggers a hormone response in the body which can help people lose more weight in less time.
Stretching and Safety
The most important thing with any exercise is doing a warm-up prior, stretching, and working at a challenging yet not hurtful pace. Stay hydrated and always consult with a physician first if you have any underlying conditions.
Enjoy Exercising in a Swim Spa
If you’re sick and tired of doing the same old exercises, many of those exercises can feel new again when you’re exercising in a swim spa.
These are just a few of the options available to you; the possibilities are endless. You will surely come up with more ideas for swim spa exercises once you start getting the hang of using your swim spa to improve your health. Enjoy!
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