Many hot tub owners love their hot tub because they can use it for plenty of activities.
Want to have fun with your family and friends, listen to music, read a book, or take your time to unwind after a long, hard day at work?
It’s no secret that a hot tub can take your relaxation to a whole new level. But did you know that you can also use it for exercise?
Turn your Jacuzzi hot tub into an aquatic gym with these hot tub exercises and let hydrotherapy jets tend to your muscles afterward!
1. Roll your shoulders
This easy hot tub exercise is a great way to start your workout routine. Sit in your hot tub or spa and slowly roll your shoulder forward, hold for a couple of seconds, and then roll backward.
Although simple, this movement can increase your joint mobility, improve the blood flow in your torso and toward the neck. The secret lies in the heat and water resistance.
Your first set may be somewhere around five repetitions. In time, you can increase the number of repetitions and do three sets of 30 reps.
2. Work your core
Boosting your core strength will contribute to better posture, balance, and coordination. Sit facing the center of your Jacuzzi and grip the wall of the tub with both hands for additional support. Raise your knees and bring them toward your chest. Then fully extend your legs, keeping them together all the time. Do three sets of 20 to 30 reps.
Just make sure that you tighten your ab muscles, keep your back straight and your neck relaxed throughout this hot tub exercise. Do not arch your lower back and avoid bringing the shoulders toward your ears.
3. Work your quadriceps
Sit on the edge of a hot tub’s seat and hold on to the wall of the spa. Extend your legs toward the center of your Jacuzzi and start pedaling as if you are riding a bicycle. Keep on bending your knees and rotating your feet and legs against the resistance of the water for 30 seconds. Work your way up to a full minute.
We all know that cycling is an amazing workout for building strength and endurance without putting too much strain on the joints. Why not try cycling underwater to get a whole new perspective of these benefits? With this fantastic combination of cardio and strength you will get in shape in no time!
4. Tone your calves
Stand flat-footed in the center of your Jacuzzi and raise your heels, stretching your legs as much as possible. Challenge yourself to remain on your tiptoes as long as you can for maximum results.
If you need support to stay balanced, feel free to place your hand on the wall of your tub until you get used to the exercise. Repeat the movement 15 to 30 times for three sets.
Raising your calves works great for improving balance, stability and your core strength. It will also boost your blood circulation and strengthen your legs, especially the calves, which can be difficult muscles to tone or build.
5. Tone your arms with arm circles
Keep your arms partly submerged and extend them completely out just like airplane wings. Now lift the arms out of the water at a slow pace and then rotate them forward. After you do five of these rotations, do another five in the opposite direction.
Perform three sets of this simple and fun hot tub exercise and you will feel your biceps, triceps, shoulders and chest getting stronger day by day!
6. Rotate your torso
Now it’s time to tone your abs! You can either sit on a seat of the tub or kneel on the floor, making sure your back is straight. Place your hands on your sides and tighten your abdominal muscles.
First rotate slowly to your left and then to your right side, exhaling as you twist and inhaling as you come back to center. Do 20 to 30 of these twists for three sets.
7. Do thigh presses
You don’t need a resistance band to keep your inner thighs in shape! Use the water’s resistance to build power and strength instead! Sit in the corner of your Jacuzzi and hold on to the edge with both hands.
Push the hands to apply resistance to your knees as you extend your legs in front of you, slowly opening them to work inner and outer muscles of your thighs. Then close your legs and bring them together. Start with two sets of 20 repetitions.
8. Sit and stand
Use the seat of your hot tub instead of a chair and increase your squat max without putting a strain on your knees! Tilt your hips back and extend both of your arms for balance. Then slowly sit back but make sure that you pause halfway down.
Contract your abs and press your hips forward while returning to a standing position. Do not lock your knees to avoid putting stress on the joints. Do three sets of 15-20 repetitions.
Stretch It Out
After you finish your hot tub workout routine, don’t forget to stretch! A good stretch after a workout increases flexibility and range of motion and helps reduce muscle fatigue. Start in a standing position and bend one knee to grab the foot behind you.
For a deep quadriceps stretch, keep the bent knee as close as you can to your standing leg. Hold onto the wall of your tub with one hand for support. Stay in that position for 30-45 seconds and then repeat it with the other leg.
To stretch your shoulders, back and torso, grip the wall with both of your feet and bring your hips as far as possible from your hands toward the center of your tub.
Contract your core and flatten your back as you reach through your shoulder blade and arms with your face toward the water.
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