Whether you have a new swim spa or a luxurious hot tub, the warm water makes for an inviting place to exercise. You’ve probably already tried a few bicycles or swim kicks. Below a few more exercises to do in your hot tub.
We just love the simplicity of it. Scrunch down in the water up to your chin and lift your shoulders as if you’re shrugging. Hold the shrug position as high as possible for three breaths. Lower, relax for a breath or two, and repeat three times.
Another suggestion for exercising in your hot tub. You can do this one either sitting or standing in your hot tub. Simply tighten your ab muscles, hold for three seconds, and release. Take a deep breath before repeating the ab crunch five more times.
Self.com’s Ultimate Pool Workout has some great water exercises, some of which can be modified for exercising in the hot tub. Their “Stair Master” exercise requires a floating noodle. This one is best if you have a swim spa or if your tub is large enough for you to lay prone. Float with the noodle and place your feet against one of the walls of the tub. Use your arms, about shoulder width apart, to push the noodle down. Keep your arms straight and tighten your abs so that you’re doing a plank. Hold the plank position for 30 seconds, release and breath, and repeat for up to 10 repetitions.
Here’s another pool exercise modified for exercising in hot tubs. With your hands at your side, kneel or squat in the hot tub so that the water is above your shoulders. Bring your arms forward and clap. Move your arms behind your back and clap. We suggest repeating about 3-5 times.
Arm Curls with Water Weights
UltraModern.com suggests using water weights to do curls in the hot tub. Stand in the hot tub with your palms facing forward, grip the water weights, and place your arms by your side. You will want your palms facing up as you raise your forearms to the water level. Make sure to keep your wrists straight and your elbows close to the body. Now, you’re going to reverse the move, except you need to turn the weights over so your palms are facing down. Push down until your arms are by your side. UltraModern suggests up to 12 to 15 repetitions.
As with any exercise, check with your doctor, drink water, and take care not to overdo it.