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Top 8 Quick & Simple Outdoor Hot Tub Exercises You Need to Try

Top 8 Quick & Simple Outdoor Hot Tub Exercises You Need to Try

Do you wish that there was a more comfortable and convenient way to exercise?

You’re in luck! As a proud hot tub owner, the gateway to modern water-based exercise is sitting right in your own backyard. Exercising underwater, especially the hot, jet-driven water of an outdoor hot tub, can offer your body so many wonderful benefits. From reduced joint pain and inflammation to stress-relief, improved strength and more, hot tub exercise can improve your quality of life in so many ways.

We’ve gathered our top eight favorite and most effective exercises for you, so let’s take a look!

  1. Reverse Crunches

What do they target?

Abdominals.

How are they performed?

Reverse crunches are highly-effective for those who are looking to tone and strengthen their core. Get into a comfortable seated position in your hot tub and stretch both legs out. In a slow and controlled motion, retract your legs by pulling your knees to your chest. Hold for a moment, stretch your legs back out, and repeat.

How many should I do?

Three sets of 10 repetitions.

  1. Flutter Kicks

What do they target?

Cardiovascular system, abdominals and legs.

How are they performed?

Need to get your blood pumping? Flutter kicks are the way to go. Get into a comfortable seated position in your outdoor spa and stretch out your legs. Now all you have to do is kick your feet and legs up and down underwater and you’re in business! This exercise is super effective because it helps strengthen your cardiovascular system and warm your body up, all while toning your abdominals and legs.

How many should I do?

Three sets of 20 repetitions.

  1. Arm Crossovers

What do they target?

Arms and chest.

How are they performed?

Arm crossovers can help you tone and strengthen the muscles found in both your arms and chest. Submerge your entire upper body into the warm water, so that just your neck and head are above water. You may find it easiest to move to the center of the spa and kneel.

Stretch out both arms on either side of you with your palms facing downward. Keeping your elbows locked, bring both arms in front of you, crossing them over one another. Continue this movement, alternating which one goes on top.

How many should I do?

Three sets of 20 repetitions.

  1. Russian Twists

What do they target?

Abdominals.

How are they performed?

Russian twists are your one-way ticket to the six pack you’ve always wanted. Okay, maybe a six pack is a bit of a stretch, but this exercise is still quite effective! Sit in one of the lounge seats of your hot tub so that your legs are propped up on the seat, bend your knees and bring your upper body to a raised position.

Put your hands together and in a slow and controlled motion turn your body from side to side, touching the seat each time. Keep your core flexed and tight to maintain your balance.

How many should I do?

Three sets of 10 repetitions.

  1. Squats

What do they target?

Legs and glutes.

How are they performed?

Squats are one of the most popular exercises to tone and strengthen your legs and butt. Move to a standing position in the center of your hot tub and begin to bend your legs. Stretch your rear out as far as possible, like you’re trying to sit in a chair that’s just too far away. Keep your knees bent at a 90° angle and feet about shoulder-width apart. Hold for a moment and then return to a standing position.

How many should I do?

Three sets of 12 repetitions.

  1. Side Leg Extensions

What do they target?

Legs.

How are they performed?

Your legs might feel a little shaky at first, so make sure to flex your core and focus to maintain your balance. Once in a seated position, raise and stretch your legs out in front of you. Slowly and in a controlled motion, separate your legs until they are about one to two and a half feet apart. Hold for a moment, then bring your legs back together.

How many should I do?

Three sets of eight repetitions.

  1. Tricep Dips

What do they target?

Arms and chest.

How are they performed?

Although the water alleviates pressure from your body to make water-based exercise easier than dry land, it also adds resistance, which can challenge your body in a way that regular exercise can’t. Due to this, you might only be able to do a few tricep dips at first, and that’s okay. Start off with a few and slowly work your way to a longer workout as you strengthen your biceps, triceps and chest.

Grasp the edge of your hot tub seat with your hands and walk your legs out until your feet are in the center of the hot tub. Slowly, lower your upper body by bending your elbows slightly. Hold for a moment and then lift your upper body back up.

How many should I do?

Three sets of eight repetitions.

  1. Yoga

What does it target?

Whole body and cardiovascular system.

How is it performed?

Yoga is a health and wellness practice that dates back thousands of years. There are many different yoga positions and moves that can be altered to meet your needs and level of fitness. You can choose from beginner, intermediate and experienced moves to create a routine that works for you.

Some positions include:

Beginner

  • Mountain Pose
  • Warrior Pose
  • Tree Pose

Intermediate

  • Seated Twist Pose
  • Warrior II Pose
  • Cobra pose

Advanced

  • Lord of the Dance Pose
  • Lotus Pose
  • Triangle Pose

How many should I do?

Each yoga session is different. Complete a variety of moves and positions that challenge your body without leaving you feeling exhausted or lightheaded.

Stretch it Out!

With any workout, you should also make some time for stretching. You may find it most beneficial to stretch on dry land using a yoga mat. That way, you won’t risk putting your head underwater while performing stretches that require your head to be down, like touching your toes for example.

Before starting any exercise regimen, we highly recommend speaking with a physician first to ensure your best health. For more information about healthy living with a hot tub or to browse hot tubs for sale in Wyoming, contact our experts at Sundance Spas of Jackson Hole today.

 


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