Your hot tub is the ultimate space for unwinding after a long day, but did you know that it’s also a great place to get in shape? There are several health benefits associated with working out in your hot tub, including reduced stress of your joints and improved circulation. Here are a few low-impact exercises that you can perform while soaking in your cozy oasis.
If you’re looking for sculpted calves, it’s time to start doing heel lifts! Go ahead and stand up in the center of your spa. Depending on how good your balance is, you can hold onto either side of your hot tub or try balancing without the use of your hands. It’s important to listen to your body so if you find yourself losing your footing, grab hold of the sides so you do not potentially injure yourself. For this exercise, all you’ll need to do is slowly raise and lower your heels, while focusing on engaging your calf muscles. You should try to complete this move for a few sets of 10 repetitions.
For many of us, the abdominal area is our biggest problem area. If you fall into this category (welcome to the club), try completing a few sets of modified crunches the next time you’re in your spa. In a seated position, grip the sides of your hot tub for balance. Next, bring both of your knees in towards your chest and then in a swift movement, extend your legs while pressing them together. Make sure not to arch your back or use your shoulders to complete the movement as this will lessen the effect on your core muscles. Try doing this move for a few sets of 20 repetitions and you’ll be amazed at how much of a burn you feel. Each week, try working yourself up to more sets so that you can start sculpting your 6-pack.
Kick Your Feet
An easy exercise that you can do is to kick your feet while in a seated position. Simply sit down with your legs extended straight toward the center of your spa, brace your arms on the sides of the hot tub, and start kicking up and down like you’re swimming. Try to complete this move for a few sets of 15 to 30 repetitions. As your physical ability improves, you can increase the number of sets and repetitions you do. This exercise will help to tone your legs, loosen your hip flexors, and improve your overall cardiovascular health.
The Beauty of a Hot Tub
A hot tub is so much more than a fun place to spend time: It’s also a personal gym! If you don’t already have one but you’d like to change that, make sure to reach out to us today.