In part one of this multi-part blog series, we went over some basics on the use of hot tubs for stretching and exercise themes. Hot tubs are often ideal complements for those who are regularly active, assisting with not only preparation and cool-down, but even actual exercise itself in many cases.
At Dolphin Pools & Spas, we’re a proud Bullfrog Spas dealer offering a variety of new hot tub options for a variety of needs, from basic relaxation and stress reduction to those who want to utilize various hydrotherapy features in the spa for exercise benefits. In today’s part two of our series, we’ll look at some more specific areas where hot tubs help with exercise themes, while in part three we’ll go over some specific stretches and exercises that can be done in the hot tub.
Did you realize that, even if you’re doing nothing but sitting idly in the hot tub, this is a form of passive exercise? This is because warm water immersion is known to accelerate calorie burn, especially among those who have been working out previously or will begin doing so soon.
In addition, many choose to actually begin their aerobic exercise program – or even complete the entire thing – in the hot tub itself. Exercises like jogging underwater, spa yoga or various buoyancy activities are great for getting the blood flowing in low-impact ways that don’t strain the joints or muscles, especially if your body is aching from a heavy workout the prior day.
Down related lines, those who work out regularly will often experience aches and pains. These are the result of the body attempting to recover from a previous workout, which may cause forms of inflammation and swelling that are parts of this process.
Hot tubs are ideal for recovery promotion here. They contain jets that are ideal hydrotherapy features, allowing for massage and pressure in tight areas. There are numerous pieces of research connecting hot water soaking and related themes with exercise recovery, allowing muscles and joints to properly relax and regenerate.
Finally, while stress reduction is a well-known benefit of hot tub ownership, many don’t connect this area with exercise and physical well-being – but they should. Limiting mental, physical and emotional stress allows for much greater focus on the workout at hand, and you might be surprised by just how great an impact this focus and attention can have on the quality of your exercise. Combine this with endorphins released during the workout and how this will combine with the relaxation of a hot tub soak, and it’s easy to see why this combination is so popular.
For more on how hot tubs benefit you in terms of exercise and stretching themes, or to learn about any of our new hot tubs or swimming pools, speak to the staff at Dolphin Pools & Spas today.