A hot tub or spa can be a great piece of equipment to help you get and stay in shape. From strengthening muscles to relieving sore ones, your hot tub or spa can be used before, during and after your workouts. Here’s how.
Before Your Workout
You’re probably well aware of the need to warm up before a workout. But did you know you can use your hot tub or spa to do so?
Soaking in the hot tub or spa can help warm up your muscles and increase blood flow, especially if you’re exercising outdoors on a cold day. It can also help you focus and mentally prepare for the job ahead.
Keep in mind these tips:
- Keep your hot tub time or spa time to a minimum. All you need is 10 minutes or so.
- Remember to stay hydrated.
- Don’t just sit, stretch while you’re in the water.
During Your Workout
Sure, swimming laps around your pool is an excellent aerobic exercise. But there are plenty of aerobic and strengthening exercises you can do in your hot tub or spa, as well.
Try a few of these, or come up with your own:
- Lift your legs up and down under the water while holding the side of the hot tub or spa.
- Twist your torso while submerged in the water.
- Try leg squats with or without using the seat for support.
- Jump in and out of the water with your arms stretched up over your head.
- Use light arm weights under the water.
After Your Workout
Hot tubs and spas are perfect for relieving the sore muscles and joints that can come from exercise. In fact, some people design their hot tubs or spas around the concept of hydrotherapy, the use of water to treat certain conditions such as sore muscles.
Before jumping in your hot tub or spa after a workout, remember a few tips:
- Wait at least an hour after exercising before getting in to allow your body to naturally cool down.
- Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water.
- Consider special seats and jets to facilitate hydrotherapy.
Are you interested in adding a hot tub or spa to your backyard to spice up your workout routine? Find a certified pro to learn more.