Did you know that you can exercise in your hot tub?
That’s right! Hot tubs are about so much more than just relaxation. You can create an entire fitness regimen based on your fitness goals and capabilities. Hot tub exercises can be particularly helpful for those who have suffered muscle and joint injuries, have low-mobility, suffer from various physical conditions, are elderly, or are simply looking for a more comfortable way to stay active. Find out more about the benefits of hot tub exercises and read on to learn about six of our favorite hot tub exercises!
The Benefits of Water-Based Exercise
Hot tub users love to take the opportunity to develop regular exercise routines in their hot tubs. They can reap the many benefits of water-based exercise, and stay healthier throughout the year. Practicing physical exercises in the water is particularly beneficial because it allows people to enjoy the natural properties of the water, in addition to the usual benefits of physical activities.
When practicing exercises in a hot tub, people can benefit from the combination of buoyancy, massage, and temperature. Not only does the water help lift pressure from sore muscles and joints, but the temperature and massaging action of the water can help the body to warm-up naturally and perform low-impact exercises in a comfortable environment.
Let’s take a look at six of the most popular hot tub exercises. These exercises are perfect for beginners and experts alike!
- Flutter Kicks
Flutter kicks are simple, easy to perform, and extremely effective. Lean your back against the edge of your hot tub, lift your legs, and kick repeatedly. This exercise will boost the strength of your legs and core while improving your cardio.
- Torso Twists
Ideal to enhance your muscle flexibility and stretching excellence, torso twists are easy to perform and extremely low-impact. Simply sit straight and turn your torso from left to right, while tightening your core.
- Reverse Crunches
Reverse crunches are perhaps one of the most popular physical exercises to include in your regimen if you are trying to strengthen your core and lower abdomen. Sit down in the hot tub and stretch your legs outwards. Bring your knees to your chest in one smooth movement, hold, and then stretch back outwards.
Squats are simple to perform, but highly effective, as they can target a wide range of areas, as well as contribute to strengthening your muscles and enhance their flexibility. Stand up in the middle of your hot tub, and bend your knees and reach your rear outwards as if you’re trying to sit in a chair that’s too far away. Hold for a moment, and then return to standing.
- Tricep Dips
Effective, direct, and relatively easy to perform, tricep dips are the way to go to add some strength to that core and improve those triceps. While in a seated position, move your body to the edge of the seating and place your hands on either side of you. Straighten your arms, lock your elbows, and move your body into the center of the hot tub, so that your shoulders are directly above your hands. Slowly, bend your elbows and lower your body into the water. Hold for a moment, and then lift back up.
- Yoga & Stretching
Relaxing, low-impact, and soothing, yoga and stretching are essential components to any physical activity or another routine. Try some of the following poses for a well-balanced yoga routine:
- Lotus Pose
- Mountain Pose
- Tree Pose
- Warrior Pose
When performing any type of physical activity, remember that safety always comes first. You should always consult a physician before partaking in any demanding physical activity. Particularly, if you’re recovering from injuries, if you experience any chronic pain, or suffer from various health issues. There are also other forms of safety precautions you can take around the pool, as the use of slip mats to prevent falls and keeping water handy to stay hydrated as much as you can.
Looking for additional information or other exciting suggestions concerning the best ways you can enjoy your hot tubs and improve your life? Feel free to get in touch with us at All Seasons Pools and Spas. You will be able to find us at one of our many locations in Granite Bay, Grass Valley, North Auburn, Roseville, and Shingle Springs, California.