The words spa and relaxation may appear to go hand-in-hand, but if you believe all you can get out of your swim spa is a soothing soak or a relaxing swim, you are selling your spa, and yourself, short. Outdoor swim spas also offer the option of a low-impact workout that will get your muscles in motion and your heart pumping. From strengthening and toning, to cardio, stretching and physical therapy, there are many workout options for swim spa owners.
In this article, we cover the top four aquatic exercises perfect for your swim spa.
1. JOGGING OR SWIMMING
Jogging in your swim spa will elevate your heart rate and burn calories without the usual strain on your knees and ankles. In fact, many experts say jogging underwater burns more calories than traditional jogging because the water provides a slight resistance for you to work against.
Depending on the size of your swim spa, you can jog in place or simply swim laps using the high-powered jet system for the same effect. Changing the intensity of the running or swimming every two minutes will strengthen your heart and lungs while toning your calves, thighs and core.
Done underwater, squats are sure to get your heart pumping while building muscle. Squats are the perfect exercise for strengthening your thighs, glutes and core.
Start by planting your feet firmly on the bottom of your swim spa, shoulder width apart. Bend your knees and hips as if you are going to sit down on a chair and raise your arms as high as you can in front of you without lifting them out of the water. When you stand up, allow your arms to slowly drop back to your sides. Go as deep as you can with the squats, making sure your knees are never in front of your toes. If you can, do three sets of 10 repetitions.
3. TORSO TWISTS
If you want to target your waistline, underwater torso twists are the perfect exercise. Torso twists work both your obliques and your abdominals and are a great way to tone that tummy and slim your waist.
Stand tall and straight, feet shoulder width apart, and cross your arms across your chest like a large letter X. Tighten your abs and then slowly twist left and right. Keep your shoulders relaxed and inhale and exhale in rhythm with your movements. Do three sets of 30-50 twists.
4. LOWER AB CRUNCHES
Lower ab crunches target that stubborn area below the navel, toning both your tummy and your legs.
Sit facing the center of your swim spa, legs in front of you, arms at your sides with your hands resting on the bottom of the spa. Bring your knees into your chest and then use your abdominal muscles to extend your legs in front of you without allowing them to touch the bottom of the spa. Focus on keeping your back straight and shoulders relaxed. Inhale when you pull your knees in and exhale when you push your legs back out.
Do three sets of 10 repetitions if you are a beginner or 20-30 repetitions if your fitness level is more advanced.
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