A hot tub is a great place to relax and unwind from a busy day. What you may not realize is it is also a great place to exercise. When exercising in water the resistance challenges your body, increasing muscle tone as well as your heart rate for a good cardiovascular workout. Here are some exercises you can do in your hot tub:
- To raise your heart rate for cardiovascular benefits aim to walk for 10 to 15 minutes. Be sure to walk in different directions (forward, backward, diagonal, etc.) to target different muscles.
- Strengthen your hips in the hot tub by slowly moving your left leg out to the side, pushing against the water on the way out and in to tone the inner and outer abductor and adductor muscles. Then, bend your knee up toward your chest and follow with bringing your leg behind your body. Perform each of these exercises 10 times and be sure to rest before performing a second set.
- A good exercise to keep your heart rate up is jumping or hopping. Jump forward and backward in chest deep water for 30 seconds then rest, repeat 2 more times.
- To tone the triceps and biceps, use float dumbbell weights for curls. Start with your arms by your sides and bend at the elbow to bring the weights to your shoulders. Push back down against the water to return to starting position. Repeat 10-15 times for a total of 3 sets.
- To tone the shoulders lift your arms straight out to the sides at shoulder height. Push the weights down against the water to bring the weights to your sides. Return to starting position. Repeat 10 times for a total of 3 sets.
As always, be sure to consult with your doctor before starting a new exercise regimen. We hope you find these exercises useful.