The Health Benefits of hot tubs are numerous, and the the warmth & buoyancy of the hot tub water makes it a very inviting place to exercise! Read about some other reasons why it’s good to exercise in a hot tub. And then get to exercising! Here are a few hot tub exercises we like:
Do three to five repetitions of each warm up:
Side bends: Put hands on hips. Bend from the waist on one side, then come back up. Repeat on the other side.
Shoulder shrugs: Raise one or both shoulders up toward the ears. Lower and repeat.
Arm circles: Extend arms out at both sides. Rotate arms forward, then in reverse.
Torso rotations: Stand with feet shoulder-width apart and toes turned slightly out. Rotate to your left side. Then rotate to your right side.
Next, try these exercises:
Bicycle: Sit on the edge of a hot tub seat and support yourself by a grab bar holding on to the seat. Lift up your legs & rotate them in slow bicylce movements, keeping your stomach taught. Start at a slow pace- try 20 to begin- and add more and more repitions each time you soak
Jack-knifes: Again sit on the edge of the hot tub seat & support yourself. Keeping your stomach taught, bend your legs and bring them up to your chest almost making a ball. Next extend your legs opposite side of the tub, arching your back a bit. Make sure you are using your stomach muscles & not your back muscles Start with 2 sets of 25 and increase each time you soak!
Side Leg Extensions: Sitting in the same position of the tub and supporting yourself slightly, extend my legs straight out. With a taught stomach, spread both legs out with pointed toes. As you bring your legs back together, flex your feet. The resistance of the water works to strengthen and tone the muscles. Start small, with 2 sets of 25
Remember that you can become overheated in a hot tub, especially when you’re exercising, so stay hydrated & don’t work out for very long!