Get Healthy With These 5 Effective Spa Exercises
Don't have time to work out and relax? Do both at the same time with these 5 light, healthy spa exercises.
Many people assume that the pool is for exercise and the hot tub is for relaxation. And that's how they're most often used. But doing spa exercises gives you a number of unique health and fitness advantages.
TRY THESE 5 SPA EXERCISES:
1. SHOULDER ROLL
Stand in the center of your spa and begin with an easy exercise. Simply roll your shoulders forward and back. This simple movement in the humid heat improves joint mobility and increases circulation to your torso, shoulders, and neck.
Do: 3 sets of 30 repetitions – 15 forward, 15 back.
2. CORE WORKOUT
Go ahead and sit down for this one. Grip the wall of your spa with both hands (wall to your back). Face inward, towards the center of your spa.
Now bring both knees to your chest, then extend your legs straight out, making sure to keep them together.
This move focuses on your core muscles. Make sure you're keeping your back straight, with no arching. Don't raise your shoulders – you'll avoid tension in your neck by keeping them low.
Do: 3 sets of 30 repetitions for a killer abdominal burn.
3. HAND CLAP
While standing, bend down and submerge your arms under water, then extend them out to either side. Point your thumbs up towards the sky, keeping your hands flat. Now bring your arms together for a clap. This movement works your biceps, chest, triceps, and shoulders. To get the most out of this exercise, remember to keep your shoulders relaxed.
Do: 3 sets of 30 repetitions.
4. FEET KICK
Take a seat and extend your legs out towards the center of the spa. Pedal your legs in and out, bending your knees as if you're riding a bike. To work out your quadriceps and loosen your hip flexors, try lowering and lifting your legs while keeping them straight. The water resistance will do the trick.
Do: 3 sets of 20-30 repetitions.
5. KNEE BEND
Stand on one leg in the middle of your hot tub and bring one knee up as high as possible. For a good cardio burst, quickly alternate knees. It's essentially a high-knee run in slow motion since you're working against the resistance of the water. This helps work out your abs and legs. For extra stability, keep both your hands on the wall or on a flotation device.
Do: 3 sets of 30-60 repetitions.
Exercising in your spa can be your route to better health. And best of all, you won't feel like you're working out! Spa exercises really are the best of both worlds – in your own back yard.