Are you looking for a new way to work out? Dance workouts and aerobics are all the rage these days, but not everyone wants to dance or do aerobics in a group of people. Plus, sometimes these workouts can just be way too hard on your joints. If you’re looking for a new, low-impact way to work out, try aquatic dance therapy in your swim spa.
Did You Say Aquatic Dance Therapy? I Thought We Were Working Out.
Aquatic dance therapy doesn’t necessarily equate to a therapeutic program, such as physical therapy in water. According to Laura Inverarity, DO, “[A]quatic therapy, or pool therapy, consists of an exercise program that is performed in the water.” This means that different types of aquatic exercise programs, such as water aerobics and Aqua Zumba®, are forms of aquatic therapy.
These programs are considered therapy because they provide additional benefits you wouldn’t get when working out on land:
- The water’s buoyancy helps relieve stress on your joints and muscles.
- The water’s resistance provides an extra challenge for your body.
- When exercising in a swim spa, the massage of the jets and warm water help promote relaxation and healing.
And this is only the start of the list of benefits you get from aquatic dance therapy in your swim spa. Once you start dancing the night away, you’ll understand. So how do you get started?
How Can I Do Aquatic Dance Therapy?
Aquatic dance therapy at home is easy. All you need is a swim spa and some music! You can pull up a water aerobics or Aqua Zumba YouTube video to watch and follow along with, or just do it your own way. There is no right or wrong to aquatic dance therapy, as long as you’re having fun and moving.
Aquatic dance therapy can also be done with or without weights. The choice is yours. If you’re healing from an injury or are trying to relieve chronic pain, you may just want to have some fun first before adding weights. But, if your goal is purely fitness-related, try adding weights designed for the water. These can help add even more resistance and build muscle.
Do I Need to Warm Up and Cool Down?
Even though this is considered therapy, don’t forget to warm up and cool down after. Your movements will be slower than the same movements done on land. But, your muscles will still get a workout and your heart rate will still increase. This is the best part about doing this in your swim spa: you don’t have to move for your warm up or cool down! Sit down in your swim spa while stretching, and let the water and jets help relax your muscles even more. You’ll be grateful you didn’t skip these steps.
If you’re ready to start aquatic dance therapy in your swim spa but still need to bring one to the comfort and privacy of your backyard, head on over to The Pool People. Our team will help you find the perfect swim spa to help you meet your goals.