In parts one and two of this multi-part blog series, we’ve gone over the benefits of hot tubs for various stretches and exercises. Spas are often ideal resources for these areas, allowing for a range of basic movements combined with water and jet options for increased benefits.
At Dolphin Pools & Spas, we’re proud to serve as one of Utah’s only licensed Bullfrog spa dealers, providing these high-quality hot tubs to all our clients. We’ll assist you with the design and installation of any spa you’re in need of, whether for relaxation purposes, exercise or a combination therein. Today’s part two of our series will dig into some specific stretches and exercises that are often carried out in the hot tub, plus some general tips on performing them in healthy ways.
One of the simplest and most effective basic exercises to perform in the hot tub is the calf raise, which will help with general muscle building and balance. Simply stand up in the middle of the hot tub and raise yourself up onto your toes and then back down repeatedly – you can also use stairs within the hot tub for increased resistance.
If needed, use the wall for support until you don’t need to anymore. For more help with balance, flex your buttocks and tighten your abs while lifting.
Are you the type who avoids squats and similar up-and-down exercises normally because they strain your knees or other joints? A hot tub is often a perfect compromise, allowing for better squats or drops with additional support from the water. Simply be sure you avoid locking your legs when you stand up straight, as this may cause injury.
A great exercise that can be done both sitting or standing is the arm-cross. This exercise involves your shoulders being fully submerged in the water, with your arms extended and palms facing the ground.
From here, begin to move your arms straight outward to your sides. Then cross them in front of your chest, repeating at least 20-30 times per set to increase your heart rate.
For those who prefer to kneel or sit while doing hot tub exercises, the torso crunch is simple and easy. Submerge the shoulders and cross your arms in front of your torso, then contract your abdominal muscles and twist right to left slowly, returning to center as you breathe out. Repeat this to both sides several times.
Finally, any significant workout you’re doing should include stretching, ideally both before and after. The hot tub is an ideal location for stretching, providing not only hot water and comfort themes, but also convenient holds or bars to keep yourself stable.
For more on the benefits of a hot tub for exercise and stretching, or to learn about any of our new swimming pool or spa services, speak to the staff at Dolphin Pools & Spas today.