When you think of getting fit, do you automatically think about trudging to the gym every day? And, when you think about doing something for your health and well-being, do you think about the serious dent it puts in your wallet to get massages or physical therapy? Well, we have the solution. You can invest in your health and your home at the same time with the purchase of a hot tub or swim spa. Not only does that allow you to forgo driving through traffic and doling out monthly fees, it gives your home a serious upgrade.
Let’s take a look at some of the best ways you can improve your health at home with a hot tub or swim spa.
A swim spa is the ultimate unit for a full-body work out. In a swim spa you can swim traditional laps in place thanks to an adjustable current. As your fitness level improves, you can increase the current’s force, challenging your muscles while working to improve your endurance.
Swimming, however, is not your only option. You can easily add traditional land exercises to your routine. Suitable in a swim spa or hot tub, there are a variety of cardio and strengthening exercises that will work well — just be sure to have your water temperature set around 80 F to prevent overheating.
Some of your best options include jogging in place, doing aerobic moves like knee tucks or jumping jacks and incorporating toning moves such as squats, lunges and even lower ab crunches and push ups against the wall. You can also purchase water dumbbells to add weight lifting to your routine.
The best thing about working out in the water — aside from the elimination of stress on your joints — is that the added resistance will help you burn more calories than traditional exercise.
2. De-Stress and Relax
Heat and massage are key ingredients to help your body relax naturally. And your hot tub or swim spa can provide both. Now that it’s time to relax, you can crank the temperature up to a maximum of 104 F. When you combine that heat with the massage provided by your spa’s jets, it offers multiple health benefits.
While heat of the water relaxes your body and warms your muscles, it also increases the circulation of blood throughout the body. This not only contributes to your well-being but works well as a treatment for muscle tightness, swelling and inflammation.
The jets work to relax and loosen your muscles, no matter what style of massage you choose. You can customize the massage for a full-body experience or to target specific areas. You can also choose a light or a firm touch, depending on your personal preference.
3. Get Outside
Nothing is healthier than spending time in the fresh air and sunshine.
While a swim spa or hot tub will help you do that, you can turn your outdoor living space into a true oasis with the right patio furniture. Creating a seating area and an outdoor dining space near your spa ensures you’ll spend even more time out in the fresh air and sunshine.
Fresh air has been proven to lower stress hormones in the body, while spending time in the sun stimulates a chemical in the brain known as serotonin. This chemical regulates mood, appetite and digestion, sleep, memory, and sexual desire and function.
Just don’t forget to wear sunscreen to protect yourself from UV exposure.
AJ Spa & Hot Tubs
If you’d like to learn more about the benefits a hot tub or swim spa can offer, get in touch with us at AJ Spa & Hot Tubs. Come check out the Hydropool swim spas at our Patchogue, NY showroom or to shop for hot tub accessories. While you’re visiting, don’t forget to talk with one of our experts about the hot tub maintenance provided by our team of experts. We do the work for you so you can focus on enjoying your spa to the fullest.