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When most people think of hot tubs, exercise is probably the last thing that comes to mind. A hot tub should be a place where you can clear your head after a long day and relax your aching muscles, right? Yes, a hot tub is definitely a place to relieve your stress, but, believe it or not, a spa can also be used as a healthy medium for exercise!
When you soak in the hot tub, you are burning calories without even thinking about it. Your body will start burning calories to avoid overheating and to maintain its’ normal temperature of 98.6˚F. When you soak in a hot tub at 102˚F, your blood vessels dilate allowing for better blood flow of oxygen rich blood to the muscles. This promotes muscle recovery and helps to relax those muscles causing you pain and stiffness. When you work out in the spa, you are utilizing the natural properties of water on the human body. The buoyancy of the human body in water creates an environment encouraging better joint and muscle movement, which is ideal for those who suffer from arthritic pains. One of the problems with working out in a gym is that your muscles get tight after a workout. The advantage to exercise in your hot tub is that the warm water and therapeutic effect of jets on your body keep your muscles from getting stiff while you exercise, thus allowing you to get out of your spa after your workout more relaxed than when you entered it.
Using heavy weight for your lower body is tough in the hot tub and is not recommended due to safety issues of slipping in your hot tub. We recommend that you focus on your upper body and core exercises. Water naturally causes resistance so you can start without dumbbells or any additional weight. If that is too easy for you then try wet bells, because they are safe to use in the hot tub. If you drop the wet bells, they will not damage the interior of your spa, and they are suitable for people of all ages!
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