In addition to being beneficial for your health, exercising in a hot tub can be fun and relaxing. As with any new exercise routine, you should consult your physician before you begin to work out. Here is a look at five of the most popular hot tub exercises.
The Shoulder Shrug
Stand or sit in your hot tub. Raise your shoulders as high as you can and hold the position for three seconds. Initially, you’ll want to perform this exercise three times, building up to ten in a row. This exercise strengthens your upper shoulder muscles. Although you can perform this exercise in a standing or sitting position, you might enjoy it more fully if you are immersed in the water.
The Toe Raise
For this exercise, you’ll need to stand in your hot tub. Move your feet into a position in which you are standing on your toes. Hold this stance for three seconds, slowly returning to a flat-footed position. You’ll want to begin this exercise with a set of three toe raises, building up until you can perform ten of them with ease. The Toe Raise is designed to help strengthen calf muscles.
Start with a kneeling position. Move your arms forward in a fluid motion and clap. Repeat for a set of three, building up until you can complete a set of ten. This exercise tightens the forearms.
You can stand or sit for this exercise, so choose the position that is most comfortable. Begin with palms facing downward and extend your arms forward. Quickly move your right hand over the left one and then reverse the action for a set of three movements. Build up to three sets of three. The Arms Crossover strengthens the forearms.
Stand or sit, depending upon personal preference. Once you are in position, pull in your stomach as much as you can for a count of three seconds. Slowly allow your stomach to return to its normal position and relax for a couple of seconds. Repeat the Abdominal Squeeze for a count of five times, building up to a set of ten. This exercise targets the abdominal muscles.