Staying motivated to exercise can be a bit more difficult come winter; however, if you have a swim spa in your home, staying active all year is quite easy. Below, we’ll share some of the top swim spa workouts that you can do right at home. So, whether you’re looking for something new to add to your fitness routine or want to find a way to enjoy winter to the fullest, read on for some great ideas!
Staying Active During Winter
Before diving into our top swim spa workouts, let’s first talk about why staying active during winter is important. While it may be tempting to stay indoors all season long, there are many benefits to staying active and exercising regularly during winter. For starters, regular exercise can help boost your immune system, which is key for staying healthy during cold and flu season. Exercise can also help improve your mood and combat seasonal affective disorder (SAD), a type of depression that’s common during the winter months. And of course, staying active will make it easier for you to brave the cold, as your body will be better equipped to thrive in lower temperatures. This can come in handy if you’re someone who enjoys winter sports or if you live in an area with harsh winters.
Swim Spa Exercise Ideas That Are Perfect for Winter
Many homeowners choose to install swim spas at home because they are enjoyable no matter the season – even in the middle of winter! It’s easy to turn your swim spa into a personal cold-weather oasis by choosing the jet settings that match your needs and your skills. Because it’s so easy to have a tailored swimming experience, there are endless possibilities for working out in a swim spa. Here are some top swim spa workout ideas:
Swim Spa Workout #1: Aqua Jogging/ Water Walking
Aqua jogging is a great cardio workout that’s low-impact and easy on the joints. The water resistance will provide a great workout for your lower body while also giving you a chance to cool down after a long day. It’s even better if you have a Hydropool swim spa with a built-in treadmill feature. You can also get advice from your local spa dealer regarding the different exercise features that swim spas offer. Water walking is a variation where you walk back and forth in your swim spa, using the water resistance to challenge your legs and get your heart rate up. You can also mix things up by adding in some arm exercises, like bicep curls or triceps kickbacks, as you walk.
Swim Spa Workout #2: Using Weights and Workout Bands
If you’re looking for a more challenging workout, consider adding some water weights or resistance bands to your routine. These can help tone your muscles and add extra intensity to your workout. There are many ways to use water weights and workout bands in a swim spa. The buoyancy of the water makes them perfect for various strength-training exercises. For example, you can do bicep curls, triceps kickbacks, or shoulder presses using water weights. Or, if you’re looking for a cardio workout, try attaching the resistance bands to the side of your swim spa and do some walking lunges.
Swim Spa Workout #3: Water Yoga
Yoga is a great way to improve flexibility, build strength, and calm the mind. And doing yoga in water can actually make the poses easier – and fun! The water resistance will help you deepen your stretch, and the added buoyancy can make balancing poses a little easier.
Swim Spa Workout #4: Swimming In Place
Swimming is a great full-body workout that’s perfect for winter. And, thanks to your swim spa, you can swim laps in place right in your backyard. This is a great workout for your arms, legs, and core. As mentioned, the swim spa jets can be easily adjusted, so you can customize the resistance level to match your swimming abilities. If you have a Hydropool swim spa, you can attach a tether or flutter board to the anchor point for a more comfortable swim.
These are just a few ways to stay active this winter with a swim spa. No matter what your fitness level is, there’s a workout that’s perfect for you.
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