5 Hot Tub Exercises
5 Hot Tub Exercises
Relaxing and unwinding in a hot tub can offer some benefits similar to actual exercise but did you know you can exercise in a hot tub?
The buoyancy of the water makes a hot tub an ideal place to exercise for anyone with mobility issues or in recovery from muscle or joint strain. Low‑impact hot tub exercise helps with cardiovascular health, flexibility, weight loss, muscle tone, flexibility, and injury prevention.
Each of the following hot tub exercises should be done for 3 sets of 60 seconds.
Whilst sitting and keeping your shoulders submerged under water, extend your arms outwards in a T shape with palms facing down. Cross your arms over your chest, one arm over the other, then extend them outwards again. Repeat this, alternating arms each time.
Sit facing the centre, with your back against the side of your hot tub, gripping the sides with both hands. Slowly raise your knees to your chest then fully extend them away from you. Make sure you keep your back straight and shoulders down.
Stand in the centre of your hot tub with your feet in line with your shoulders and arms stretched out in front of you for balance. Bend your knees, whilst shifting hips backwards, and lower yourself as far as is comfortable then stand up again. The buoyancy of the water can help alleviate the pressure from your muscles and joints, making squats more comfortable.
Sit with your shoulders submerged and your arms crossed in front of your torso. Keeping your shoulders relaxed and head facing forward, tense your abs and twist to the left breathing out, and return to the center breathing in. Repeat this and twist to the right.
Stand up straight in your hot tub and focus on something in front of you for balance or hold on to the side with one or both arms for support. Slowly raise your heels until you're standing on your toes and let your calves control the movement. For more of a challenge stand on alternate legs and do one at a time.
Please note the following when doing hot tub exercises:
- Always ensure someone is nearby when exercising in water.
- Keep hydrated before and after.
- Start off slow and get to know your abilities.
- If you feel unwell, faint, or out of breath - stop immediately