At Bullfrog Spas, we’ve found that a little education about hot tubs can go a long way when trying to find the perfect hot tub for you. This is why we constantly make guides such as ​our guide to above-ground spas​ and o​ur guide to buying a hot tub​.

Something we always try to make clear is that the best portable hot tub isn’t so much about what kind of features it has, but whether it meets your needs.

Many people only view hot tubs as a place to sit down and relax. While this is true, above ground hot tubs 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.

Sitting straight up in your hot tub, begin with light shoulder rolls, both forwards and backwards. With the heat and water resistance of your hot tub, this simple exercise can help with your joint mobility and boost circulation throughout your neck, shoulders, and torso.

Try doing sets of 3 for 30 repetitions.

Work Your Core

In a seated position or gripping the wall with both hands, face inwards towards the center of your above ground hot tub. Bring both knees to your chest and then fully extend your legs slowly.

In order to get the most out of this exercise, you should make sure to keep your back straight and ensure that you don’t bring your shoulders towards your ears.

Try this exercise in sets of 3 for 30 repetitions.

Knee Bends

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.

Torso Crunches

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.

Learn More

Above ground hot tubs are a great place to relax and exercise simultaneously. If you wish to learn more about how to get the most out of your hot tub, be sure to check out our blog post on the best hot tub ​features and accessories​.

Note: In addition, you will find our Best Hot Tubs’ showroom staff expert at helping you choose the best spa for you. They can also give you information on our Back-to-School, End of Summer, sale. Up to $1,000 in rebates, etc. If you don’t have a hot tub, or want to upgrade, it’s a terrific opportunity.

Contact Best Hot Tubs here.