Improve your muscle tone and ease your muscle tightness with hot tub exercises. The water pressure and its natural buoyancy are easy on muscles and relieve tension. Check out these great hot tub exercises.
The first thing you want to do is make note of your sore spots and use exercises that help you attend to those areas. You can also do each one of these exercises each day while you soak for a great exercise session. You’ll find that the warm, buoyant water of your hot tub is perfect for low impact exercises.
Note: Please consult your physician before beginning any exercise program. Turn your water temperature down a bit as well so you don’t over heat. Please stop immediately and get out of your hot tub if you experience pain, dizziness or feel overheated.
Relaxation is key in your upper neck, shoulders, arms, chest and upper back.
While sitting, lean your head back and look up. Move your head slowly to the left, then the right. Rotate your head gently in a full circle. Reverse sides and repeat three times on each side, building up to 10.
While sitting in your spa, clasp your hands in front of you. Your arms should be parallel to the floor, and your palms should be facing forward. Push your hands forward for the stretch. Hold three seconds and repeat three times, building up to 10.
Shoulder Roll and Shrug
Again, while sitting, roll your shoulders forward and backward. Hold each stretch for three seconds and repeat, building up to 10.
Lift your shoulders up to your ears, hold for three seconds and release. Repeat, building up to 10.
Build those abdominal muscles. Sit in your hot tub and pull your tummy muscles in. Hold three seconds, relax, repeat five times, building up to 10.
Hold your arms out in front of you with your palms down. Cross your arms back and forth quickly, alternating right arm on top, then left, etc. Repeat three times.
Spread your fingers apart and pretend to play the piano very quickly. You can even try this with your hands under water. Do this for a count of 20.
This exercise works your calf muscles.
While sitting in your spa, push against the end of your tub with your toes and hold for three seconds. Relax and then repeat three times. You can do one leg at a time, or both together if you’re in a hurry.
This exercise works your quads (front thigh muscles).
While sitting in your spa, squeeze your thigh muscles only. Hold three seconds, relax and repeat three times. Build up to 10 repetitions.
Thigh Abductor Strengthening
Sit in your hot tub with knees together. Then, forcibly push your knees apart using your hands. Hold for three seconds, relax and build up to 10.
Next, sit up in the spa, bend your knees and open them like a butterfly. Put the soles of your feet together and sit up tall. Put your fingertips on the bottom of the seat behind you and sit up even taller for a great flexor stretch.
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