Your hot tub is not only a space for you to kick back and relax - you can also use it to exercise! Aqua aerobics (also known as water aerobics) is a low-impact activity that is great for those looking to pump up their heart rate and move their body without too much pressure on their joints and muscles. Here are some easy exercises you can incorporate into your hot tub sessions.
1. Light Kicks
While sitting in the spa seat, put your legs together and lift them up in front of you. Slowly start to kick your feet, engaging your core to keep your legs off the ground. Do this for 3, 20-second intervals, with rests in between.
2. Arm Raises
With your arms and shoulders submerged, extend your arms downwards to your sides. Slowly raise one arm up until your arm is just above the height of your shoulder, keeping your palm face down and arm straight. Slowly bring it down. Repeat with your other arm, and continue to alternate until 30 arm lifts have been completed.
This one is really going to work on engaging your core. As you are seated, extend your legs outwards and off of the floor of the hot tub. Keep them straight without locking your knees. Slowly bring your knees up to your chest, keeping your legs together, and back out. Repeat up to 20 times.
Alternatively, keep your legs together, but keep your legs in the sitting position. While supporting your sides with your hands, bring your knees up to your chest, and slowly put your legs back down.
4. Torso Twist
To loosen up your back and abdominal muscles, try some torso twists. Sit up in your seat. Cross your arms across your chest, holding onto your shoulders. Slowly twist your body to the left while turning your head the same way, relying on your abs to turn you. Repeat on your right side, and alternate for another 10 times on each side.
Stretching is important to alleviating muscle tightness and remaining flexible. A great stretch to end with is a slouch (we are not kidding). While sitting in your hot tub seat, slouch completely. Remain in this position for a couple of seconds, followed by correcting your poster completely. Slightly push out your chest and curve your lower back forward. Repeat this up to 10 times to extend your back muscles and open up your chest.
Another good one to try is while remaining seated, extend your arm down and to your side until you are touching the seat beside you. Start to slowly lean your head in the opposite direction, until you feel a stretch in your neck. Hold it for 10 – 15 seconds, and repeat it on the opposite side.
Finally, finish with a hydrotherapy massage! Did you know we have two different types of jets that are interchangeable? Our directional jets have a higher-pressure stream and you can control the direction of the water by moving the ball pivot inside the jet, making it great for targeting specific pain points. On the other hand, our massage jets provide a rotating massage over a larger area but have a lower-pressure stream. Soothe your muscles and joints by adjusting the jets to your liking.
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