Some might believe that hot tubs are only meant to kick back and relax, but there’s a lot more to it than that! While hot tubs are certainly great for relaxation and rejuvenation, you can also use them to improve your exercise regimen! There are many exercises that can be adapted for the hot tub that can help you to improve your overall health, all while strengthening and toning your body.
Let’s take a closer look at how a hot tub makes for a perfect opportunity to stay more active in your own home.
The Benefits of Water-Based Exercise
There are many health benefits that come from water-based exercises. The warm temperature of the water can help reduce your risk of injury, while the buoyancy of the water can help relieve the pressure and weight from sore muscles and joints.
This means that exercising in the water is a low-impact activity. Low-impact activities offer many amazing health benefits. Not only do they relieve pressure from your body, but they can also enable those with mobility issues, arthritis, aches and pains to exercise comfortably.
There are many different types of exercises that you can perform in the water, whether you’re a young adult or senior. Read on to learn about some of our favourite ones!
1. Flutter Kicks
This dynamic, low-impact and fun exercise is perfect to help you strengthen your legs and core. The pressure of the water will offer some resistance, allowing the exercise to become even more effective.
2. Torso Twists
Torso twists are perfect for stretching, but they also target your abdominals. This exercise could be practiced while either sitting down or standing up in the water. Make sure that you keep your core tight and perform each twist in a controlled, swift motion.
3. Reverse Crunches
Way easier on your body than regular crunches, this fun variation of this iconic exercises offers similar health benefits, but in a much more accessible and hot tub-friendly way.
Squats are probably some of the most popular and effective exercises to tone your legs and improve mobility, while helping strengthen your core.
5. Yoga & Stretching
Stretching should always be performed before and after any workout, as it can help you decrease the risk of injury, enhance mobility and improve flexibility. In saying that, there are many yoga positions that can easily be adapted to the hot tub. Practicing yoga can help you relax, unwind, connect with nature, and focus on your breathing techniques, all while strengthening and stretching your body.
Your safety should always be a top priority. Before starting any fitness regimen, you should speak with a physician first.
When exercising in your hot tub, you should always take extra safety measures. To prevent injuries, don’t start training right away. Take a couple of minutes to allow your body to adjust to the temperature of the water, and perform some light stretches. This will help you increase your flexibility and reduce the risk of injuries further.
Always remember to avoid overdoing it and don’t spend too much time training in hot water to avoid fatigue. Keep drinking water close-by to prevent dehydration, and remember to always install anti-slip surfaces in and around your pool/tub area to prevent accidents or falls.
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