For example, in addition to hydrotherapy benefits, spas can provide an excellent workout space.
Though water exercises work for just about anyone, they’re most useful for people who have difficulty working out in normal conditions or who have joint or physical restrictions.
So if you’re looking to use your own spa for more than just a relaxing soak, try some of these exercises to help you get fit. Before you do any of them, please remember to stretch so you don’t accidentally injure yourself by pulling a muscle, and make sure you talk to your doctor if you have pre-existing conditions.
- Bicycling: This is just what it sounds like! Sit on any of your spas seats, and if you need to, support yourself by holding onto the edges or grab bars. Lift your legs, and slowly start “pedaling” in the water. Do as many cycles as you can before you start to feel tired, and slowly increase the repetition each time you get in the spa. Bonus: you can work your stomach muscles, too, if you keep them taught during this workout.
- Leg Extensions: Another way to work your lower body is to sit on any spa seat, and raise your legs up in front of you (make sure your stomach is tight). Now, part your legs to either side while you point your toes. Bring them back together, and as you do so, flex your feet. Do a few repetitions until you get tired, and increase them every time you’re in the spa.
- Arm Rotations: This exercise will not only stretch your arm muscles, but help tone them at the same time. Lower your body into the water until your shoulders are under water. Extend your arms out to your sides, and start rotating them forward. Do several repetitions before you reverse the direction of rotation, and finish with the same number of repetitions this way.
These three exercises are only a few of the many ways you can use your spa for exercise purposes. The beauty of water exercises is that there’s little you can’t do that will help you get fit and be healthier, so feel free to try other workouts when you want a change.
Your body (and mind) will be thankful you did.
Have you ever exercises in your spa? How did you feel afterwards? Share your experience in the comments below!