Many people only view hot tubs as a place to sit down and relax. While this is a great use of a hot tub, above ground spas can also make for excellent exercise environments.
“According to a recent study, just chatting away in a hot tub can provide some of the same benefits as doing actual exercise,” says Bill Renter, owner of Best Hot Tubs. “So, if just sitting in a hot tub can be beneficial, imagine what some actual exercises can do.”
Here is a list of exercises you can use in your hot tub.
Roll Your Shoulders
This is an exercise you can perform in even small hot tubs.
Position yourself straight up in your spa, start with light shoulder rolls, both forward and backward. The heat and water resistance of your hot tub form a simple exercise that can help with joint mobility and boost circulation throughout the neck, shoulders, and torso.
Try doing sets of 3 for 30 repetitions.
Work Your Core
Again, in a seated position — and gripping the wall with both hands — face inward toward the center of your above ground spa Bring both knees to your chest and then fully extend your legs slowly.
You should make sure to keep your back straight and ensure that you don’t bring your shoulders towards your ears, in order to get the most out of this exercise.
Try this exercise in sets of 3 for 30 repetitions.
Begin by standing on one foot in your hot tub or spa. Bring one knee to your chest and back down again. Then do the same with your other leg.
For a more intense cardio workout, rapidly alternate performing this exercise with each leg in a high-knees running motion. This will allow you to use water resistance to help strengthen your abs and legs. If you need to, grab onto the sides of your hot tub for extra stability.
Try for 3 sets of 30 – 60 repetitions.
These exercises can be performed while kneeling or sitting.
Submerge your shoulders and cross your arms in front of your torso. Contract your abs and then begin twisting left to right slowly. Proper breathing can help you get the most out of this exercise. Breathe out while twisting to your side and breathe in when you are returning to your starting position.
Try for 3 sets of 20-30 crunches.
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