Did you know that there is a way to exercise while enjoying the water? If you are someone who has a pool, swim spa or hot tub at home, you can utilize the water both to unwind and to become more physically fit. Exercising in the water by floating, stretching, or walking is also known as hydrotherapy—a great way to move many muscles and joints simultaneously and radically improve your health.
Hydrotherapy, also called water physical therapy, is a form of exercise that uses water to exercise while being able to change the intensity and force of the movement. This ability is one that is not possible outside of the water because the body is buoyant. Hydrotherapy is therefore considered to be a full body workout for people of any age, and has a variety of benefits and uses.
Benefits of Hydrotherapy
If you decide to practice hydrotherapy in your hot tub at home, the water will provide a natural resistance that encourages muscle building. Once you submerge your body, you can begin stretching and develop an exercise routine that relaxes you. Before long, you will notice the routine improving upon your balance, coordination, and posture—along with boosting your self-confidence and well-being.
Other benefits include increasing your mobility and stimulating circulation. Hydrotherapy is especially useful for elderly people, as you can easily adjust your exercises based on your range of motion and needs. This form of exercise is also said to reduce pain, muscle spasms, and symptoms of arthritis.
For people who are looking to generally improve their fitness, this is a great option that can be done at home and won’t feel like an exhausting workout. And, with the addition of salt-based spa crystals, you can even turn your exercising into a full body, mind, and spirit rejuvenation with aromatherapy. The combination of hydrotherapy and aromatherapy can stimulate all of the senses and muscles in harmony, resulting in a positive mindset and strengthened body.
Common Hydrotherapy Uses
Besides soaking up all of the benefits of hydrotherapy for personal exercise, this activity is also used for a number of different injuries. For people who have recently undergone surgery, hydrotherapy is useful for the early stages of rehabilitation. By being in the water, patients are able to move certain muscles much sooner than they would’ve out of water.
Hydrotherapy is also useful for people suffering from sports injuries or needing to quickly recover from an intense workout. The water exerts pressure on the submerged areas of the body, causing a compression effect and reducing the body’s inflammatory responses. This means that people who own hot tubs can utilize the water for all sorts of recovery needs.
Using your hot tub for hydrotherapy can allow your body to feel refreshed, rejuvenated, and repaired, and it can be a great source of exercise for anyone looking for an invigorating at-home fitness routine.
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