If you want to get into the best shape of your life without placing unnecessary strain on your joints, look no further than a swim spa. From traditional swimming to other forms of cardio to strength training to stretching, the exercise options in your swim spa are endless.
Let’s take a look at the top 10 swim spa exercises.
While the experience does differ from that of a pool, swimming in a swim spa can be more beneficial than traditional laps. That’s because the high-powered jet stream offers resistance while you swim in place, giving your muscles a more effective workout.
If you’re tired of walking around your neighborhood or want to up the challenge level, try going for a power walk in your swim spa. If you want to make the experience more challenging, the jet system at the far end of the open-concept area allows you to walk against a current.
Jogging in your swim spa burns more calories than traditional running thanks to the resistance of the water while also eliminating strain on your knees, hips and ankles. For a more advanced workout, simply turn on your swim current and adjust it up or down depending on your fitness level.
Stretch cords and rowers are a great addition to your swim spa, offering you all the health and fitness benefits of rowing a boat, but from the comfort of your swim spa.
5. Upper body toning
The stretch cords used for rowing can also be used to perform the same exercises in the water that you would do with weights at the gym. From bicep curls to chest presses and triceps extensions, you can get a great upper body work out in a relaxing environment.
Squats are the perfect exercise for strengthening your thighs, glutes and core. Start by planting your feet shoulder width apart, bend your knees and hips as if you are going to sit down on a chair and raise your arms out in front of you to chest level. Make sure your knees are never in front of your toes. Start with one set of 10 repetitions and add additional sets as you get stronger.
Holding on to your exercise bar — a great option to add to your spa — raise your legs one at a time as close to the surface as you can while squeezing your glutes. Hold each extension for 10 seconds before lowering your leg. Do 10-15 reps to start, gradually adding additional sets.
8. Torso Twists
Stand with feet shoulder-width apart and cross your arms across your chest like a letter X. Tighten your stomach muscles and then slowly twist left and right. Breathe deeply in rhythm with your movements. Do three sets of 30-50 twists.
9. Lower Ab Crunches
Sit with your back against the spa, legs in front of you and arms at your sides. With your hands resting on the bottom of the spa, bring your knees into your chest and use your stomach muscles to extend your legs in front of you. Inhale when you pull your knees in and exhale when you push your legs back out. Start with three sets of 10 reps and increase as you get stronger.
Place your hands on either the entry steps or your exercise bar and do a traditional push-up. Go as deep as you can with your arms without putting your face under the water. Slow and steady repetitions are most effective.
A little bit of underwater yoga will help you to stretch tight muscles and enjoy a larger range of motion. The water lends buoyancy to your body, making it easier to hold even complex positions. Take advantage of your body’s lightness by stretching deeper.
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