If you’re not keen on exercise, but do enjoy your hot tub, why not use it to bring a little extra fitness to your life? Exercising in your hot tub protects your joints from the impact of traditional exercises while increasing your range of motion and helping you to stretch more effectively. The water offers increased resistance, increasing the intensity of every move. And this means you don’t have to work out for as long to see and feel the results.
If you’re ready to get in better shape and improve your health from the comfort of your hot tub, give some of these exercises a try.
Relax in Your Spa
Warming up is essential before beginning any workout. You can start by soaking in your hot tub for a minute or two. As your muscles warm, they’ll be better prepared for activity.
March in Place
You can continue to loosen up by marching in place. This will elevate your heart rate.
Next, start doing lateral steps. As you step side-to-side, make the moves big, bending your knees slightly to use your thigh muscles.
Now that your body is warmed up, you can safely begin some stretching. Shoulder rolls are a great way to loosen up your shoulders and neck. Roll forward 10 times and backward for another 10.
Upper Back Stretch
Stretch your arms out to the side at shoulder level and bring your palms together, interlacing your fingers. This gives your upper back a nice stretch.
With one foot in front of the other and your front knee slightly bent, lean toward the side of your spa, keeping both feet planted firmly on the floor. Keep your back knee straight. Hold for 20-30 seconds on each side.
Standing with your feet shoulder-width apart, step forward with one leg. Use your glutes and lower your hips until both knees are bent at a 90-degree angle. Make sure your front knee does not go out past your ankle and your back knee doesn’t touch the floor. Keep the weight in your heels as you push back up to the starting position. Do 8-10 reps before switching to the other side.
Choose a seat in your hot tub and stretch your legs out in front of you, arms at your sides. With your hands resting on the spa seat, bring your knees in to your chest and use your stomach muscles to push your legs back out in front of you. Do a few sets of 10 reps without letting your legs touch the bottom of the spa.
With your hands holding either side of your seat, extend your legs in front of you, placing your feet on the bottom of your spa. Now, lower your upper body by bending your elbows. Go down as far as you can before raising yourself back to the starting position. Begin by doing five or six reps at a time and build on the move as your arms strengthen.
Jogging in Place
One of the best ways to burn calories, jogging underwater is great for improving your cardiovascular health. If your goal is to burn calories, implementing intervals of varying intensity can help. Start by marching for a minute or two and then jog with high knees for 30-60 seconds. Repeat intervals at least four or five times.
Sit with your back straight and legs out in front of you. Kick your legs up and down as if you were swimming laps. Do five 30-45 second intervals.
Stand in the middle of your spa with your legs close together. Using your arms for balance, jump side-to-side. Do the move at your own speed because it does take a lot of effort.
Holding the side of your spa for balance, reach back and grab your right foot with your right hand. Pull it up toward your butt and hold for 20-30 seconds. Repeat the move on your left leg.
Toes on Wall Stretch
Holding a wall for balance, place the heel of your foot a few inches from the wall of your spa. Put your toes an inch or two above on the wall and lean forward. This stretches your lower leg and ankle.
Sitting on a spa seat, bend your knee toward your torso, holding it with one or both hands. Bring it close to your chest for a relaxing hip stretch. Hold for 20 seconds and repeat on the other side.
Cool-Down & Relaxation
Now that your stretching is finished, sit back and unwind. It’s the perfect time to use the jet massage to loosen tight muscles and relax.
Jacuzzi Hot Tubs of Manitoba
If you’re ready to enjoy the health benefits a home spa can offer, get in touch with us at Jacuzzi Hot Tubs of Manitoba. As the No. 1 provider of new and used hot tubs and hot tub covers in Manitoba, our experts can help you find the spa that’s right for you. Visit us at either of our showrooms in Brandon or Winnipeg to learn more about our hot tub pricing or to discuss an installation.