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Exercising for the older, more experienced or retired crowd
Exercising doesn’t have to be just for the young! You can stay active with your Jacuzzi hot tub, even if you’re “over the hill” or a bit on the round side. Most traditional forms of exercise such as running and weight-lifting can be very hard on the (old) joints. One of the best things about exercising in water is that it alleviates much of the joint strain that can cause pain and injury. Not only is exercising in a hot tub less strenuous but it can also help to ease stiffness and increase your flexibility.
Here are a few exercises you can do to help you stay fit while enjoying your Jacuzzi®.
Stretching and warming up is an important part of every exercise routine. While the water will help to increase your body temperature and improve circulation, performing some simple stretching in the water will really help you to prepare for your back garden water aerobics session.
This is a great way to work on your calf muscles. All you need to do is stand in your tub then raise your toes. Hold this for three seconds, then relax and repeat. You can also work on your calves by sitting down and pushing your toes against the end of the tub.
Hot Tub Cycling
Sit down in your tub and make slow bicycle movements with your legs. Keep your stomach taught the whole time. Do this gently for as long as feels comfortable.
Sit down and extend your legs in the water with your toes pointed. Slowly bring your legs back together and flex your feet. The resistance of the water can help you to achieve amazing toning results.
While sitting down push your knees together forcibly. Pull them apart against the resistance of the water. Hold this for three seconds. This is a great way to relieve pain or tension in your thigh muscles.
Lifting weights in the water will feel much easier due to the buoyancy. Use ankle weights to shape your thighs and calves or simply take in some light dumbbells or weights to the tub. Lift these out of the water, up to your shoulder, then back down into the water.
Find a comfortable position in your tub, whether you’re standing up or sitting down. Tense your stomach muscles and hold it for three seconds. Relax and then repeat.
Pump The Arms
To work on your forearms, just extend your arms in front of you with your palms facing down. Cross your arms, alternating between your right and left arm on top, as quickly as you can through the water. You can do these sitting down with your arms below the water’s surface to reduce splashing.
Row The Boat
Rowing is a fantastic, gentle exercise and can be done from the comfort of your tub. Investing in a paddle wheel will help you not only diversify your exercise routine, but to also increase the strength of your arms and upper body.
***Exercises here are from www.mygloryride.com