More and more people are enjoying the benefits of water exercises over rigorous cardio or strength training. Technically, exercising in water offers you the benefits of both cardio and strength training, however the process of being submerged in water is easier on your joints and muscles. When you think about water exercise, you typically assume that this has to be done in a pool, but for those who don’t own a pool and have to frequent a community pool, this idea can be a turn off. You might picture yourself having to take a class with other individuals or having to sift through an overpopulated pool just to get the minimal amount of exercise you require. To ease your preconceptions of water exercise, a pool is not necessary to get what you need. Hot tub fitness is becoming more popular, and has added benefits to those who want a well rounded fitness regime that takes less of a toll on your body. Water offers buoyancy, hydrostatic pressure and resistance – so that you can work out without straining your joints.
Buoyancy supports the majority of your body weight so that there is minimal stress applied to your arms and knees when working out. Whether you are swimming or doing positional cardio, you are saving your muscles from strain and allowing for optimal results.
Hydrostatic pressure refers to the amount of pressure that water exerts on the body. This aids in the reduction of swelling and prevents post exercise pain.
The resistance you experience when you move underwater means that you have to work twice as hard to complete your workout than you would have to on land. By exercising submerged in water, you are doing twice the work with none of the joint stress. This allows you to complete moderately intense cardio workouts with little strain or chance for injury.
Finally, the benefit to exercising in a spa is the addition of hydrotherapy. The hot water soothes as you work. Picture yourself exercising and simultaneously receiving a massage! That is not something you can find at a gym. The best part? You can do it all in the privacy of your own home. Don’t hesitate to exercise underwater – the benefits are outstanding and hot tub fitness is fun!