8 Hot Tub Exercises for a Perfect Workout!
The gym isn’t the only place you can workout – Hot tubs are actually a great area to build muscle, strength and endurance.
Why? Well, there are a few reasons: The buoyancy of the water unloads your joints, making any activity a low-impact one. The warm water also increases blood flow, reducing toxins in your body, which contributes to overall better cardiovascular health. Exercising in water even provides added resistance, giving you an extra layer of challenge to your workout.
So grab your towel and water bottle, because we’ve got 8 hot tub exercises for a perfect workout:
- Roll with it: We’ll start off with this easy way to release tension in your shoulders and upper back. Sitting in your hot tub, slowly roll your right shoulder upward and back towards your ear, then forward and down. Alternate between the left and right shoulders a few times, until you start to feel loose around your neck and throat.
- Squat it Out: Pretend to sit down in the water taking a big inhale, leaning back over your heels, with your arms stretched straight out in front of you, engaging your core. Hold for 2 to 3 seconds, then exhale and slowly stand, keeping your arms straight. (Kind of fun in water, right?)
- Flutter: Hold onto the edge of your hot tub and quickly kick your feet as fast as your can. Try and build up to 30 seconds (or even 60 seconds)! This will really get your blood pumping.
- Do the Twist: In a seated position, cross your arms over your chest. Engage your core, then slowly turn to the left. Hold for 3 to 5 seconds, slowly turn back to middle. Then turn right, holding again for 3 to 5 seconds. Alternate sides as many times as needed.
- Glute Time: Stand with your legs just far enough apart that they are out past your hips. Place your hands on your hips. Squeeze your glutes and slowly lower yourself down into the water, bending your knees and engaging your core, then as you slowly come back up, continue squeezing your glute muscles the entire time. Make sure to keep your back straight on this one.
- Pump It Up: Sit back with your legs extended out, forming a slight V shape with your body. Quickly pump your arms up and down and see how long you can hold your legs up. Hint: You’re trying to use your core muscles to hold this position, rather than your quads.
- Tiptoes: Slowly lift yourself onto your toes from a standing position. The key is to move slowly and quietly. Hold for 2 to 3 seconds. Then lower back down.
- Stretch it Out: Sit or stand in your hot tub and place your hands overhead, interlacing the fingers. Slowly bend to the left side, you should feel a slight stretch in your core. Then bend to the right side, alternating as needed. Next, stand in your hot tub and bend your right leg back, holding your right ankle in your right hand. Hold until you feel a stretch in your quad. Alternate legs. Each stretch can be held for 10 to 30 seconds, but of course, listen to what feels good to your body.
One of the benefits of working out in a hot tub, is you might not notice how much of a workout you’re actually getting (since you’re in water). Because of this, you’ll want to make sure to drink plenty of water during and after these hot tub workouts.
Now the next time you’re considering going to the gym, just remember there are a few hot tub exercises you can do all in the comfort of your own backyard!
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