You love being able to swim laps in your pool during the summer months and stay in shape in a low- to no-impact way, right? Have you ever wondered how to get fit in your hot tub or if it can even be accomplished? Well, it can! The swimming pool contractors from Seahorse Pools & Spas in Fort Worth, Texas explain there are ways to get a workout in while in your hot tub and then you can just lie back and relax afterwards!
When you’re in the hot tub, the heat of the water increases your blood flow and helps to release and remove toxins from your body and when you add exercise you are increasing blood flow and toxin release even more.
How to get fit in your hot tub
Here are some quick and easy exercises to do when you’re in the hot tub
- Sit up straight in the middle of the hot tub so you’re under water up to your neck and roll your shoulders forward then backward. This simple shoulder movement can help increase mobility and boost circulation in your neck and shoulders and release tension.
- Lie back and hold onto the sides of the hot tub and kick your feet. Imagine you were holding onto a kickboard and flutter your feet and legs. Flip over onto your belly, hold on and kick some more. This is a great leg workout.
- Work your core by sitting in the hot tub and holding onto the sides. Bring both knees up toward your chest. Hold. Then extend your legs, holding them straight with the strength of your core muscles.
- Heel raises help tone your calves. Stand in the middle of the hot tub, hold onto the side for balance if necessary, then lift yourself onto your toes, hold for two seconds, then lower yourself back down. Do this 15 to 30 times.
- You can do this sitting or standing as long as your shoulders are under water. Choose your position then twist your torso from left to right. Hold your arms out straight and use the resistance of the water to help with your torso twist. Move slowly from left to right, keep your shoulders relaxed as you do this.
- Squats are usually never fun, but when you do them in the hot tub you aren’t going to feel pain in your knees because your body will be warmed up by the heated water and the jets. Get into a position as if you were lowering yourself into a chair, lean back, extend your arms or hold onto the hot tub for balance. Sit back slowly, pause, then return to a standing position. Don’t lock your knees when you do this.
There are other exercises you can do in your hot tub but these are a few to get you started this season!