Many of us desire to make improvements to our health or our exercise habits, but struggle with personal challenges like joint pain or injuries. Fortunately, one of the many hot tub health benefits associated with regular use is that there are exercises that can be performed right in the water. The heat of the water helps your muscles to stretch and work more easily, plus hot tub exercises eliminate the impact that comes with many other workouts. Try these moves in your hot tub workout for effective strength-building without stressing out your joints—and to impress anyone who happens to wander by!
Lower BodyMany traditional lower-body moves can also be used during a hot tub workout, including squats and calf raises. Perform several repetitions of each exercise or rotate through them and repeat.
SquatsThis move is popular for its beneficial effects on the thighs and glutes. Stand with feet about shoulder-width apart and extend your arms straight out in front of you. Keep your back straight and your knees above your feet (not in front of them) while you squat down until the back of your thighs are parallel to the water or ground beneath you.
Calf RaisesFor gorgeous calves, stand with feet shoulder-width apart and lift yourself up until your weight is distributed among your toes. Spread your toes apart and focus on a point straight in front of you for better balance. Make this move even more difficult by putting your weight on one foot at a time.
Leg ExtensionsBegin in a seated position with your feet flat on the floor. Slowly raise one leg at a time until it is extended straight in front of you. Use the water resistance and flex your quadriceps as you raise your leg, as if you are lifting a heavy weight.
Upper BodyHot tub exercises are great for your upper body and don’t require weights or any additional equipment. Repeat each move several times.
ArmsSit low enough in the water for your torso to submerge all the way up to your neck. Begin with your arms down at your sides, palms facing upward. Cup your hands to provide more water resistance and slowly raise your arms toward your chest, bending at the elbow. Once your hands have reached your shoulders or chest, turn your palms to face downward and push against the water as your arms return to your sides. This will work both your biceps and triceps.
AbdominalsSit forward on the edge of the seat and cross your arms over your chest. Lift your legs, bent at the knee, and bring them toward your chest. Find your balance using the water to help you, then rock slowly backward and forward, using your core to stabilize your body.
You can also do Russian Twists as part of your hot tub workout. Begin in the position described above, but instead of rocking back and forth, alternate turning your torso to each side. Touch the seat on your left side with your right hand, then touch the seat on your right side with your left hand, and so on.
Chest Extend your arms straight out in front of you with the palms facing each other. Bring them together as if you are clapping, but use the water to provide resistance.
Hot Tub Workout LengthThe length of your hot tub workout does not only depend on physical ability. You should take into consideration the temperature of the water, whether you are adequately hydrated, and how long your entire body is submerged. Learn more about how long you should stay in a hot tub for a safe workout with these tips from Bullfrog Spas.
Hot tubs are a great way to relax and unwind after a stressful day and to massage and soothe your aching muscles. Much less relaxing is deciding which hot tub to bring home! There’s a lot of options out there, and Rocky Mountain Hot Tub Co is here to help you figure out everything you need to know so you can make a fair portable hot tub comparison. Make the buying process simpler by considering the factors listed in this hot tub buying guide.
First to consider in this hot tub buying guide is where you will place your new hot tub. This will help you answer a few questions: Will the hot tub be outdoors or indoors? An outdoor hot tub needs to be sturdy enough to withstand temperatures and weather all year long. Will the hot tub be in the ground or portable? In-ground spas are built into the deck or landscaping of a backyard, and are considered aesthetically pleasing. Many people prefer portable hot tubs because of the lower prices, easy installation, and functional design. Portable hot tubs need to be placed on a sturdy, level area, such as a deck, and near an electrical outlet.
When doing a portable hot tub comparison, you’ll notice that the spas are built to comfortably fit a specific number of people. Before shopping for a hot tub, consider how many people will be using the hot tub on a regular basis—and add a few more. Chances are, once you install a new hot tub, you’ll see more of your friends. Everybody loves relaxing in the hot tub, so make sure there’s plenty of space to go around.
For some people, jets are the best part of a hot tub. The location, number, and power of the jets control the massage power of a portable hot tub. Your sore muscles will thank you for prioritizing jets. But remember more jets means more energy is needed, as well as a more powerful pump. Look for a hot tub with adjustable jets that allow you to customize the direction and strength of the jets.
4. Cost and Efficiency
How much does a portable hot tub cost? That depends on a number of factors, including materials, size, pump power, heating system, and insulation. Choosing features that maximize efficiency and heat retention, such as a quality heating system and solid foam insulation, will be more expensive now but will pay off in the long run. Efficiency means you’ll spend less on heating costs throughout the lifetime of your hot tub.
Ready to buy a hot tub? No one knows more about helping you find the best portable spa hot tub than Rocky Mountain Hot Tub Co. Give us a call today!