Aquatic Exercises You Can Do in a Swim Spa

Not sure what kind of exercises can be done in a swim spa? Here’s a handy guide you might need.

The numerous health benefits of moderate exercise have been well documented. From increasing blood circulation and maintaining a healthy BMI (body mass index), to reducing the risk of heart disease and diabetes, to even treating stress and mental problems; research has shown that the more you move, the better you feel. When you combine moderate exercise and hydrotherapy, those benefits multiply exponentially – not only will you benefit from exercise but you’ll also enjoy the relaxing effects of heated water, buoyancy, and gentle massage. Here are a few of the aquatic exercises you can do in a swim spa:

  • Swim all you want. Use the swim spa’s adjustable jets and currents to control the speed and direction in which you want to swim in. Choose from any of the swimming styles, from freestyle to breaststroke, and train yourself to swim better and more efficiently.
  • Increase your upper body strength. Aside from regular swimming strokes, a swim spa can also come with any number of additional features, like a detachable paddle wheel that you can use to perform rowing exercises that increase your upper body strength.
  • Build muscle in your legs and thighs. Attach weights to your ankles or use buoyancy cuffs to build muscle in your lower body. Practice aquatic aerobics for a low-impact exercise that’s easy on the knees without sacrificing results.
  • Tone your abdominal muscles and improve your posture. Attach a buoyancy belt to your midsection while performing stationary walking or running exercises inside the swim spa. This helps tone your ab muscles, improves your posture, and supports your lower back.
  • Strength and resistance training. Use rowing bars to tone arm and chest muscles, without putting unnecessary strain on other parts of your body. This improves balance, flexibility, and increases bone density and joint strength.
  • Relax and soothe your muscles after exercise. Since your swim spa can also double as a regular spa or hot tub, you can enjoy the soothing and relaxing effects of hydrotherapy after you’re done with your work out. The heated water and gentle massage from the spa’s jets help in reducing muscle tenderness and joint pain, giving relief to arthritis or just the general every day wear of the body.