The addition of a Jacuzzi® Hot Tub to your backyard can have a significant impact on your lifestyle. It can provide you with the opportunity and motivation to completely transform your property. With a personal retreat right in the comfort of your own home, you just might be more motivated to head outside for some rest and relaxation. Lucky for you, a spa creates a great opportunity for a variety of activities, including exercise! Here are five great water-based, low-intensity exercises that you can try.
1. Flutter Kicks
Target area: Cardiovascular, Abdominals
After allowing your body to warm up naturally in the comfortable spa water, it’s time for a little cardio. Flutter kicks are a simple, low-intensity exercise that can help improve your cardiovascular health while helping you warm-up for your workout. First, sit comfortably in one of the seats and extend your legs outwards. Tighten your core for additional balance, as you begin to kick your feet. Continue kicking and alternating your feet for roughly 30 – 60 seconds, depending on your fitness level. Repeat for three sets of flutter kicks throughout your workout!
2. Reverse Crunches
Target area: Abdominals
Sit comfortably in one of the seats of your Jacuzzi® Hot Tub. You can begin by extending your legs outwards and tightening your core for additional balance. Simply bring your legs inwards, with your knees pulled close to your chest. Stretch your legs back outwards and repeat for three sets of 10-15 repetitions. Remember, only complete as much as you comfortably can while still challenging yourself.
Target area: Legs, Glutes
The buoyancy of the water can help relieve pressure from your muscles and joints, making squats more comfortable. Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart in the middle of your hot tub, stretching your arms out in front of you for additional balance. Start to bend your knees and shift your hips backward, while slowly lowering yourself down as though you are going to sit. When you reach about halfway, or your rear is getting close to touching the seat, pause and then stand back up. Complete three sets of 8-12 repetitions.
4. Arm Crossovers
Target area: Arms
Begin by sitting down comfortably and upright in one of the seats. Stretch your arms out in front of you with your palms facing downwards, preferably in the water. Continuously cross them over one another, alternating each time. You can go at a pace that’s comfortable yet challenging for you. Aim to keep your arms steady as you increase the speed throughout the exercise. You should try to complete three sets of arm crossovers for 45 – 60 seconds each.
5. Stretching and Hot Tub Yoga
This low-intensity, water-based exercises can help you maintain good health, tone your body, and utilize the environment of your hot tub. The best part? Once you’ve completed your workout, you can begin to relax! What better way to cool down than with some light stretching, and even a few yoga poses! You should always stretch slowly and carefully while giving each area of your body a comfortable release. Afterward, take a seat and let the powerful spa jets work away at any muscle tension or sore joints.
Always remember to bring a bottle of water for extra hydration throughout your workout exercises. Before you begin any exercise regiment, you always should consult your physician. Learn more about the health benefits of hot tubs from our experts at Jacuzzi Hot Tubs of Surrey. We’re happy to help you explore everything that our products have to offer.