Hot tubs have many health benefits, but did you know you can also use your hot tub for fitness? With the help of a hot tub, you can reach your weight loss and fitness goals with more comfort and less risk of injury. Hot tub exercises gently work and stretch your muscles without the bodily stress of hard exercise.
High impact exercises like jogging can result in shin splints, making it difficult to run without pain. Other exercises such as weight lifting can lead to joint and muscle pain, with more problems as you age. Fortunately, exercising in a hot tub helps you lose weight, is easy on joints, and builds muscle effectively.
Here’s a sampling of some types of exercise that your hot tub is ideal for.
Hot Tub Yoga
As the name suggests, the concept is all about ways you can combine the benefits of hot water therapy with the ancient art of yoga. Essentially, hot tub yoga is the art of performing yoga poses within the comfort of a warm Jacuzzi-like spa, and the practice is gaining in popularity worldwide. You don’t need to be an athlete to enjoy the benefits of yoga—although the practice is widely popular with athletes (like Michael Phelps!) on both amateur and professional levels.
People of all shapes, sizes and ages can easily master some basic yoga moves and stretches, and it’s a fun activity to do with a friend or family member. Whether you simply want to wind down after a long day, relax stiff muscles or boost your health, this type of water and exercise therapy may be perfect for you.
Stretching and Low Impact Fitness
The buoyancy of the water takes stress off of joints for low-impact fitness, and the heated water increases blood circulation. You can use your hot tub to increase flexibility, muscle strength, and weight loss with some simple exercises and stretches such as:
Quad, Calf, Hamstring, and Shoulder stretches
Trunk twists and Knee Hugs
Bicycle kicks, Jack Knife, and Leg Extensions
Other Hot Tub Exercises
As well as being great for stretching out your hot tub can also be used to strengthen your core and other muscle groups while reducing muscle stress. Some examples are:
Torso Crunches – You can do this exercise while kneeling or sitting
Up and Downs – Squats can be awkward, but if you’re in a hot tub they’re a lot more fun. The low-impact water resistance keeps your knees from hurting and gives you more support.
Core Workout – This can be done seated by simply bringing both knees to your chest, then extend your legs straight out, making sure to keep them together. This move focuses on your core muscles.
Knee Bends – This exercise helps work out your abs and legs. It’s essentially a high-knee run in slow motion since you’re working against the resistance of the water.
Yes, you can enjoy the luxury of a swimming pool and spa in the comfort and privacy of your own home! Spa manufacturers today are building hot tub/swimming combination spas as well as swimming-specific spas. In them, you can swim against the current created by the jets. You stay in one place as you swim while the water moves around you.
Swimming is great exercise for all of your body’s muscle groups, improved blood flow, and cardio health. And what could be better than swimming in pool that’s always 85 degrees? Perfect for any level of workout intensity, water provides the perfect environment and when you need a rest just have a seat and let the powerful massage jets sooth your body and rejuvenate your energy.
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You can take advantage of the health benefits of your spa by implementing hot tub exercises into your workout routine. The beauty of exercising in water is that it supports a good deal of the body’s weight, which eases strain on muscles and limbs. And best of all, you won’t feel like you’re working out! Spa exercises really are the best of both worlds – in your own back yard.