If you want to get the most out of your swim spa, and finish each workout feeling loose and limber, try incorporating some stretches at the end of your routine. Not only will the buoyancy of the water support your limbs, but it should help extend your range of motion, especially when done at the end of a workout.
Here are some amazing stretches that will not only help to relieve tension but increase your overall flexibility.
Upper Body Stretches
1. Half Moon Pose
Stand in your swim spa, feet planted firmly on the floor, and place your hands on your lower back. Make sure your elbows are bent and tucked in as much as possible. Push your hips forward and lift your chest up and out, arching your back. You should feel a stretch in your chest and your back.
2. Shoulder Shrug
Sitting in your spa, lift shoulders up toward you ears in an exaggerated shrug and hold for three seconds. Release and repeat 10 times. This move helps to loosen your neck and shoulders.
3. Reverse Prayer
Bring your hands behind your back and point your fingertips toward the ground, elbows bent. Exhale and rotate your hands so your fingers point toward the sky as much as possible. Hold for three to five seconds. You’ll feel a stretch in your shoulders and forearms.
Lower Body Stretches
1. Straight Leg Stretch
Using the stairs of your spa, place a foot up keeping your leg straight, knee slightly bent. Lean forward until you feel a stretch down the back of your leg. Hold for 30 seconds and switch legs.
2. Hamstring Stretch
Sit comfortably in your spa, spine in a neutral position. Stretch one leg out in front of you and flex your foot toward your shin. Lean slightly forward at the hips to increase the intensity. Hold for 20-30 seconds and then switch legs.
3. Ankle Circles
This stretch can be done standing or seated, depending on your preference. Extend your leg in front of you and rotate your foot in a clockwise circle. Do 20-30 repetitions and then rotate counter-clockwise. Repeat with the other ankle.
Full Body Stretch
1. Baby Stretch
Holding on to the edge of your spa, plant your feet flat on the floor. Push your hips backward, keeping your back flat and stomach muscles tight. You should feel the stretch in your arms, back, hips and legs. Hold the stretch for 30 seconds and repeat at least twice.
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