You’ve probably heard since your very first gym class in grade school that stretching is vital to preventing injury during physical activity. And it’s true. It’s an extremely important thing to do not just before physical activity but during every day as a way to promote lasting physical benefits. Stretching is an important part of the overall health of your body, though it seems like such a small step.
There are ways that your at-home swim spa or hot tub can help you achieve better flexibility and overall better health.
There’s a lot of benefits to stretching and while some are obvious or common sense, you may not know many others, which are among the most important benefits. While you can see physical results in flexibility and strength when it comes to stretching, a lot more is happening under the surface to provide your body with lasting benefits.
Below are some benefits of stretching you may have already known about or may be news to you.
Flexibility and Injury Prevention
One of the most important parts of stretching and the reason most of us do it daily or before exercise is for flexibility and, by extension, injury prevention. By moving and stretching your muscles, they become elongated and warmed up, making you flexible and decreasing the likelihood of injury. This is because movement becomes easier and more fluid with stretching.
You may not realize what a positive effect stretching can have on your posture. Daily stretching can help you reverse the development of poor posture and heal parts of your body that become weak or injured as a result of poor posture practices. Stretching will work towards this goal best when other methods of posture intervention are implemented but stretching is an important part of the process.
One major benefit of stretching is the way in which it increases blood supply and overall cardiovascular flow throughout your body. This allows your muscles and other tissue better access to nutrients in your blood. This can provide dozens of benefits for your body but can also help prevent soreness from exercise as one obvious and immediately accessible benefit.
How does my spa help with stretching?
Your swim spa can be a great tool in stretching for a few reasons. First, the low impact of water allows you to avoid potential injury from overwork as you begin stretching routines. The heat from your spa or hot tub is also incredibly beneficial to your muscles and tissue as it warms them and makes them more fluid for stretching.
What are some hot tub stretches I can employ?
Some examples of great stretches include knee hugs, opposite knee to chest stretches, and using IT bands to assist in stretching. Ultimately your spa is going to be best for stretching your lower body, completely submerged in the water.
Talk to fitness professionals about stretching, its benefits, and any questions you have and learn how to use your swim spa to improve your stretching habits!
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