morning water aerobics routine

A morning exercise routine to jump start the day

There can be a lot of hustle and bustle in the morning. Whether you are finishing up a last-minute report or getting kids ready for school, it might seem like there’s not even a minute to fit in something extra. Even exercise.

But making time for a morning exercise routine can make a difference in your day. A morning workout can benefit your mood, improve productivity, and reduce stress

Don’t think you are a morning person? A study published in the Journal of Physiology reported that working out at 7 am might change your body’s internal clock, making it easier to get up in the morning.

And a Michael Phelps Signature Swim Spa by Master Spas makes it easier to become a morning workout person. 

An alternative to an inground pool, a Michael Phelps Signature Swim Spa allows you to swim, exercise, and relax year-round. Using the optional WiFi module, you can set the temperature of the spa to your perfect temperature while you enjoy your morning coffee.

What’s the perfect temperature? For water exercise, it’s 82 degrees to 87 degrees.

When you’re ready, enjoy a fun, low-impact session that will jump start your day. 

morning exercise routine
There are many benefits to exercising in the morning. It has been shown to boost your mood and your metabolism.

Exercising in a Michael Phelps Signature Swim Spa

Energy efficient and able to be used in any climate, Michael Phelps Signature Swim Spas combine the hydrotherapy of a hot tub with the benefits of water exercise.

What are the benefits of aquatic exercise? An ideal training environment, the buoyancy and natural resistance of water helps support the body while challenging the muscles. With buoyancy, the effects of gravity are reduced. 

  • 50% of your body weight is carried by water when submerged up to waist level
  • 70% of your body weight is carried by water when submerged up to chest level
  • 90% of your body weight is carried by water when submerged up to neck level

And with resistance, the harder you push in the water, the harder the water pushes you back. Unlike traditional weights in a gym, your speed and effort determine the difficulty. No matter your age or fitness level, as long you are working your hardest, water will give you an amazing workout.

Looking for the best swim spa for your needs? Check out this post.

Michael phelps workout routine
A Michael Phelps Signature Swim Spa is not just for swimming. Rowing is a great exercise to incorporate into your morning workout routine.

A Morning Exercise Routine for Your Swim Spa

Looking for a morning exercise routine? Choose eight to 10 exercises and perform each for 30 seconds to 1 minute, depending on your fitness level. Rest as needed and move on to the next exercise. Take a break and then perform one to two more sets. And don’t forget: It’s important to warm up and cool down!

Neck Rotation

Seated in the swim spa, turn head slowly to look over one shoulder, then the other. Hold each position.

Neck/Upper Back Stretch

Clasp hands together in front of body with arms extended. Gently pull shoulder blades apart by slowly reaching forward while bringing chin toward chest. Hold position.

Lower Trunk Rotation

Maybe you slept in an awkward position or are holding a lot of tension. This exercise can help you loosen up your neck and put you in the right space to start your day.

Hip Abduction

Lift leg out to the side. Keep knee straight. Pull leg down to start. Repeat.

Hip March

Lift one leg toward chest with knee bent. Return to start position. Repeat.


Stand away from bench, bend both knees lowering buttocks toward bench, keeping equal pressure on balls and heels of feet and attempt to keep shins in vertical position. Return to start position. Repeat.

Ball Crunch

Sit on bench holding ball close to chest, contract the abdominal muscles while crunching forward. Return to start position. Repeat.

Walking Lunges with Flies

Stand holding bells in front of body with arms straight, lunge forward with one leg while opening arms out to sides. Walk forward. Return to starting position. Repeat sequence.


Perform rowing motion in sitting position. Use both arms equally. Repeat.

Chest Press

Stand in a staggered stance position, hold both handles. Perform chest press motion with one arm at a time. Repeat.

Standing Tricep Press

Stand in staggered stance position, hold handles in both hands with elbows bent to 90º close to body. Press arms backward to extend elbow. Return. Repeat.

Double Leg Tuck Jump

Stand with arms at sides, jump straight up bringing knees to chest. Land on both feet equally. Repeat.

Kickboard Push Down

Sit on bench with both feet flat on floor, both hands on kickboard, arms straight and shoulder width apart. Stabilize abdominals, push kickboard into water. Hold and return. Repeat.

Diagonal Kicks

Standing in the swim spa, bring your leg diagonally across your body. Keep your core and glutes tight while maintaining an upright posture. Your shoulders should stay square. Hold the side of the swim spa if needed. 

Jumping Jacks

When performing jumping jacks in the water, be sure to keep your arms below the water and move the legs through full range of motion. Land with soft knees.