If you want to reap the ultimate benefits from exercise, why not take your workout to the hot tub? While it’s a great place to kick back and relax, it can also add a new level of intensity to your fitness sessions.
Read on to learn about five amazing exercises that will enhance your time in your spa.
Jogging is a great way to burn calories. In fact, you can burn as much as eight calories per minute jogging on land. But, did you know that aqua jogging typically burns 11 calories per minute? That’s three extra calories every minute, thanks to the resistance provided by the water.
To jog in your spa, stand in the center and begin jogging slowly in place. For added calorie and fat burn, use intervals of marching and running. Known as high-intensity interval training (HIIT), you alternate periods of working hard with a slow recovery pace. This style of exercise has been found to increase metabolism and help you burn calories even after the workout is over.
2. Leg Raises
A strengthening exercise, this motion not only tones your legs and backside but elevates your heart rate as well. Start by standing where you can hold onto the edge of your spa with both hands. Next, raise one leg up straight behind you and give your glutes a squeeze at the top. Start with one set of 10 and work up to three sets.
3. Lower Abdominal Crunches
Sit facing the center of your spa and extend your legs out in front of you. Keep your arms at your sides, hands on the bottom of the spa. Bring your knees into your chest, using your ab muscles and then push your legs back out, keeping them off the bottom of the tub.
Keep your back straight, shoulders relaxed and inhale when you bring your legs in, exhaling when you push them back out. Try to do a set of 10 and build on that as you become stronger.
4. Calf Extensions
This motion is equal parts toning and stretching, making it a great exercise for your spa. Standing with your feet flat on the floor of your hot tub and with your hands placed at your waist, slowly raise up onto your toes. By lifting your heels off of the floor, you’re working your calf muscles and stretching at the same time. If you need help with your balance, hold on to the edge of your hot tub. Start with 15 repetitions and increase that number as you progress.
5. Shoulder Rolls
This stretch is an ideal way to relieve tension in your neck and shoulders while increasing mobility. While sitting comfortably in your spa, roll your shoulders forward and back 15 times. Then switch and roll your shoulders backward.
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