How a hot tub can help you keep your New Year Resolutions

If you’re like most of America, you probably made health-related new year resolutions for the new year. Studies show that 92% of people don’t keep their resolutions while 80% fail as early as January 20th!

Here are a few ways a hot tub or sauna can help you keep your New Year Resolutions to be a better & healthier YOU this year:

new year resolutions: hot tub and stressDecrease your Stress

Studies show that just 15 minutes of hot tub soaking a day can significantly decrease your stress levels. In those 15 minutes you can encourage blood circulation, release healing endorphins, give your joints stress & pain relief and even over time, reduce your blood sugar levels.

Try soaking for 15 minutes in the morning & see if your need for caffeine through the day diminishes. And if you soak for 15 minutes before bed, the National Sleep Foundation says you have a better chance of a deeper, more fulfilling and healing sleep!

new year resolutions: hot tub and blood pressureLower your Blood Pressure

According to the American Heart Association, the heat generated in a hot tub causes blood vessels to open (a process called vasodilation), lowering blood pressure.  If you have high blood pressure, be sure to clear hot tub use with your Doctor and most doctors suggest limiting soaking time to 15 minutes or less at a water temperature no hotter than 104 degrees.

sauna and weight lossWeight Loss

A 30 minute infrared sauna session can burn 200-600 calories! As the body works to cool itself while using an infrared sauna, there is a substantial increase in heart rate, cardiac output and metabolic rate.

A hot tub is a great environment to perform hot tub exercises because of the warmth and body’s buoyancy while in the water. Check out some Simple Hot Tub Exercises you could try!

hot tub health benefits

Because of a hot tub or sauna, you can be already ahead of the game for your health and wellness resolutions this year!

Download this great Hot Tub INFOGRAPHIC about all the benefits of hot-tubbing and keep it somewhere to encourage you in your resolutions!

Simple Hot Tub Exercises

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:

Warm Ups
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.

Exercises

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!

What exercises have you tried in your hot tub? Share in the comments!


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Get Fit for the Summer in Your Hot Tub

You may not think of a hot tub as a place to get fit & in-shape, but there are a ton of hydro-therapeutic exercises you can do to get in shape for this summer’s bathing suit season!

The website PoolLife recently shared some hot tub exercises that will help you get in shape, no matter the size of your hot tub!  Here is a recap of the benefits of exercising in your spa:

1. Relax muscles and increase flexibility

To help decrease muscle tightness and increase flexibility, perform standing calf raises, neck circles and shoulder shrugs for 10 seconds. Repeat each exercise three times.

2. Increase weight loss

Exercising in warm water lessens the impact on your body and relaxes the muscles around the joints.

Try modified standing jumps, seated squats, and step-ups using the spa seat to increase heart rate and burn more calories.

3. Alleviate arthritis pain

Individuals with arthritis move more easily in water than on land.

Start with a simple stretching routine, and then try balancing on one leg, side bends and the standing arm swim

4. Improve muscle tone and decrease cellulite

When you exercise in a hot tub, your body temperature rises, which causes blood vessels to dilate and promotes better circulation.

To burn more calories and improve muscle tone, try standing calf raises, marching in place and push-ups on the ledge of the spa.

Always consult your Doctor before starting any exercise program! Check out the full article on PoolLifeMag.com for more great health benefits of hot-tubbing!