If you want to get in the best shape of your life, water exercise is the way to do it. That’s where a swim spa comes in. With a swim spa, you can perform a wide variety of exercises tailored specifically to your needs. Whether you prefer a moderate exercise regime or something more vigorous, a swim spa offers a low-impact workout that will get your muscles moving and your heart pumping. Even if you’re already in shape, a swim spa can help you take your fitness to the next level.
The possibilities are endless. From cardio, to strengthening and toning, to stretching, there’s no exercise you can’t do in your spa.
Cardio exercise is one of the best ways to strengthen your heart and lungs. When done regularly, it helps reduce your risk of heart problems, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes and even some forms of cancer. Add that to its ability to help you burn calories and lose weight, it becomes obvious that regular cardio workouts are one of the best things you can do for your health. When done under water in a swim spa, cardio becomes even more effective and can lead to a more effective fat burn. The cardio options for your swim spa are endless, but some of the most popular include marching, jogging, jumping jacks, kicks and knee raises.
2. Strength Training
Strength training, like cardio, offers many health benefits — especially when done in the water. Regular toning exercises not only make you stronger, they are good for your bone and muscle health and can decrease your risk of injury. Also, when your muscles are well conditioned, your metabolism works more effectively, making it a great way to get rid of stubborn body fat.
Strength training in the water is not as hard as it sounds. You don’t even have to have any equipment. Squats, lunges, pull ups using the side of the spa and arm circles are just a few great options.
You can bump up the intensity of any aquatic exercise by incorporating varying intervals of intensity. HIIT, or high intensity interval training, is a style of exercise in which you alternate between vigorous and moderate sets of movement. This can be done with a variety of exercises, from jogging to squats to jumping jacks.
It is so effective because your heart has to work harder to adjust to different intensities and this burns more calories than a consistent pace.
As an added benefit, the calorie burn continues well after the end of a HIIT workout. A research team from Colorado State University discovered that, on average, those who do HIIT burn an extra 226 calories over the course of the day.
Yoga can be intimidating, especially for beginners. But, there’s no need to worry, as you can start your yoga practice with simple poses and work your way up from there. Water yoga is especially easier and more effective, thanks to the buoyancy of the water. Your spa is an ideal place to get your yoga on. Aquatic yoga not only increases your flexibility and muscle tone, it improves your breathing and energy levels. It’s also good for your cardiovascular and circulatory health and helps protect you from injury, not to mention the benefits that it can offer to both your mental and emotional health.
5. Stretch it Out
Stretching is an ideal way to improve your posture while decreasing muscle stiffness and increasing your flexibility and overall mobility. It also can help relieve muscle aches and pain and reduce stress and tension.
When done in the water, stretching can be even more effective. Aquatic stretching is low impact and takes stress off your joints and muscles. It can even give you a greater range of motion thanks to the buoyancy of the water.
National Pools & Spas
If you’re ready to improve your health with a swim spa, National Pools & Spas can help. We offer a wide selection of hot tubs and swim spas at our three New Jersey locations. Drop in to see our swim spas for sale or contact us today with any questions you may have. We specialize in ATV swim spas and one of our experts would be happy to help you find the one that’s right for you.