Photo courtesy of Kelly Parish Photography, Charleston Home + Design Magazine
Adding a pool-spa combination is an ideal solution if you’re looking to get the most from your oasis. These calming, versatile spaces provide a tranquil environment to soothe stress and are fit for year-round enjoyment. Yet, spas are for so much more than relaxation. They can also double as your private fitness sanctuary.
5 Exercises To Try In Your Pool Spa
Simple movements can bring profound health benefits. These five straightforward exercises not only wash away stress but rejuvenate your body and spirit.
1. Water Walking
Simple as it sounds, this exercise provides many benefits, including improved cardiovascular health, increased strength and balance, and reduced stress on the joints. The water’s resistance adds an extra challenge to the workout, making it suitable for all fitness levels.
2. Seated Leg Lifts
This targeted leg work helps you find physical fitness from the comfort of your seat. To do so, submerge yourself to chest level, then lift and extend one leg at a time while keeping your back straight. This simple movement engages your core and leg muscles, fostering strength and stability from beneath the soothing, warm waters.
3. Underwater Flutter Kicks
For a more intensive leg exercise, position yourself in a seated or reclined posture, ensuring your back remains supported by the spa’s surface. Extend your legs and move them up and down alternately. This dynamic leg exercise adds resistance to your lower body muscles, targeting the core, thighs and calves.
4. Water Bicycle Crunches
Seated on the spa’s ledge, cycle your legs in the water and bring the opposite elbow to knee—this water bicycle crunch tones abdominal muscles, enhancing balance and coordination. The gentle resistance amplifies effectiveness, creating a simple yet holistic core workout.
5. Water Yoga
Transform your spa into a calming sanctuary with some morning (afternoon or evening) aquatic yoga. The water’s buoyancy allows for yoga poses with reduced joint impact. From serene stretches to balance-enhancing poses, your spa becomes a tranquil space for mindfulness and healthy movement.
The Benefits of Aquatic Exercise
Water aerobics offer a wealth of benefits for swimmers of all ages and fitness levels. The water’s buoyancy provides joint-friendly workouts, making it an excellent choice for individuals with arthritis or joint pain.
Aquatic exercise helps enhance muscle strength and flexibility, improve circulation, and even reduce muscle tension. Moreover, time spent in these warm waters also fosters holistic wellness. Owners can look forward to reduced overall stress from such a calming environment.
Make the Most of Life With Aqua Blue Pools
Use your space to its full potential! As the Lowcountry’s premier custom pool builder, Aqua Blue Pools is ready to help you realize the pool of your dreams. Since 1991, our team has built pools in a range of styles for residential and commercial clients in South Carolina. We are proud to work closely with our clients to create and execute impressive custom projects built to last. Contact us today to begin planning your oasis!