Get the most out of your hot tub this winter by performing simple yet effective exercises.
Relaxation and hot tubs go hand-in-hand. Yes, using your hot tub to relax, especially in the winter can be a wonderful thing. There’s not much better than stepping into a warm tub as you’re surrounded by fresh snow. But what about utilizing your hot tub as both your mental escape but also your gym?
There are a variety of exercises that can be done in a hot tub that benefit your body and make you feel good. Right off the bat, being in a hot tub will automatically increase your blood flow and help get rid of any built up toxins you have in your body. Another benefit of exercising in a hot tub is how low impact it is on your muscles and joints. There are a multitude of exercises that will get your blood pumping and increase your heart rate.
Place your arms on the edge of the hot tub as you face inward. Put your legs together and extend your legs horizontally, then bring them close to your chest. After two sets of 20, your abs will definitely feel the burn.
With the same upper body position as before, bring your knees to your chest. Slowly move your knees from side to side to work your outer obliques. If you can, do two sets of 10 to tone those unused ab muscles.
Stand up straight with your hands on your hips. Keeping your raised leg straight, slowly move it up towards your ear. Be careful not to overextend on this one. You’ll feel the burn in your hip flexor. Perform 30 raises on each side.
Standing in the same position, lift your heels from the floor. This move will slowly but surely tone your calf muscles. You can do this on both feet at once or make it even more challenging by balancing on one leg. Perform 15 raises per leg or 30 raises total.
Squats in the hot tub are the perfect way to get the most out of the exercise without hurting your joints. Sit back on your heels and slowly lower yourself as if you’re sitting on a chair. Stand up and repeat the exercise 20-30 times.
Face the outside of your hot tub with your arms placed on the edges, shoulder width apart. Slowly lower your chest toward the outside edge of the tub. These angled push ups are a great way to tone your arms. Complete two sets of 10 for optimal results.
Stand in your hot tub with your arms to your side. Slowly raise them with your palms facing down. Once your body is in a “T” position, lower your arms back to your side. Repeat this 30 times total, 15 on each side.
Don’t Forget to Stretch!
These exercises have a multitude of benefits for your joints, muscles and heart. If you want even more of a challenge, feel free to add in waterproof weights or resistance bands anywhere you see fit. After completing any or all of these exercises, make sure you stretch! This is a very important step to ensure your muscles don’t tighten up and get sore.
Sources: Blue Haven Pools & Spas