Easy Exercises for Hot Tubs & Saunas: Part Two

saunaNow that we’ve covered how to exercise in a hot tub, we want to share with you good ideas for our sauna lovers as well. So if you’re still feeling the need to combine a little exercise to work off some of those holiday indulgences, why not get moving in your hot tubs and saunas?

Here are a few simple exercises you can do to improve blood flow, help your body relax and rejuvenate and earn you that long soak or steam.

Today we have tips for saunas!

Because of the heat of saunas, rigorous exercise is not recommended inside the sauna. It is important to hydrate by drinking water before entering the sauna, and to always pay attention to how you are feeling as you stretch and move while in the sauna.

Stretching is the main form of exercise that is suggested for the sauna. The heat will prevent your muscles from cooling down, and as a result all of these stretches can be done slowly and easily.

Start off with a wide open wing stretch. Start with your hands over your head and your palms facing outward. Bring each arm down to your side, as if you are drawing wings in the air. Pause while taking a deep breath, then bring your arms back above your head as you exhale.

After a brief warm up, try hamstring stretches on the sauna bench. These stretches should be down sitting down on a towel. Sit with your legs straight out in front of you, with your back upright and straight as well. Keeping your spine straight and long, lean down toward your legs. Stretch your arms out in front of you, toward your feet. Hold for fifteen to twenty seconds. Sit up, inhale and exhale and then repeat.

Neck rolls are a good way to finish a sauna stretch workout. These may be done sitting or standing, whichever is best for your comfort. Keeping your back straight, place your chin close to your chest. Roll slowly to the right. Hold your head there for five seconds. Return your chin to the center of your chest, then roll is left and hold for five seconds. You should exhale as you bring your chin back to center.

If you have questions or suggestions, please contact us. You should also check with your doctor before starting any new exercise program, including one that includes exercise done in the sauna.

Easy Exercises For Hot Tubs & Saunas: Part One

ES-4025-2TIt is the end of the year holiday season! When you think of the season you may think of lights, decorations and quality time spent with family and friends. And you may also think of cakes, candy and have visions of sugar plums dancing in your head! If you’re feeling the need to combine a little exercise to work off some of those holiday indulgences, why not get moving in your hot tubs and saunas?

Here are a few simple exercises you can do to improve blood flow, gently increase your heart rate and earn you that long soak or steam.

Today we have tips for hot tubs!

Start off with simple arm circles. Either stand or sit so that your arms dip in and out of the water as you make circles. Do five forward and then five backward, keeping your circles small and tight. Dipping in and out of the water adds a little bit of resistance, but if that isn’t necessary arm circles can also be done while sitting so that your shoulders are above the water.

Shoulder shrugs are also a great way to start off and are improved while doing them at water level. Shrug up, shrug down. Repeat!

Follow up these easy warm up exercises with something more concentrated, such as a bicycle exercise. For this you will need to sit on the edge of a hot tub seat. Be sure to steady yourself by holding onto the bar, or to the seat. Hold your stomach nice and tight, then lift your legs into a bicycle pedal position. Extend your legs as if you are pedaling, so that as one goes forward the other is drawn back.

The bicycle exercise is great for both your legs and abdominal. To focus only on the abdominal, try simple ab breathing. While seated in the hot tub, take a deep breath. While exhaling, contract your stomach muscles gently and easily. This should make you feel as though you are “forcing” out the air. This should be done slowly for best results.

Calf raises are a great way to end a hot tub workout, as they are simple and combine stretching with a bit of exercise. Stand in the center of the hot tub, or away from the seats but close enough to the edge that you can put out a steadying hand if need be. Lift yourself up to your toes, hold for one to two beats, and then lower yourself. Repeat, starting with a small number of repetitions and working your way up as you do more hot tub exercise.

Please remember that these are suggestions, only and that you should always speak with your doctor about your exercise choices before starting a new routine.

We’d love to hear from you. Are there exercises we should know about? Please contact us!

Jacuzzi Hot Tubs Can Enhance Tendonitis Exercises

Our hands–we use them every day for so many things, yet we often take them for granted. An injury such as tendonitis in the fingers is all it takes to remind us just how important our fingers and hands are. Fortunately, Jacuzzi hot tubs can play a healing role for just about any injury, including tendonitis of the fingers.

As this article from Livestrong.com explains, tendonitis is a condition marked by swelling tendons, which are connective tissues that attach muscles to bones. Finger tendonitis can result from a variety of causes, including being jammed while playing sports, or overuse from typing or texting.

After a period of rest and treatment, light exercises can help loosen your tendons and ease some of your pain. By performing these exercises and stretches in your hot tub, you can benefit even more as the heat and moisture will help speed your healing. Of course, you should check with your doctor first to see if the exercises are appropriate for your situation.

  • Curl your fingers to touch the tips on the top of your palm. Then loosen your fingers slightly to bring the fingertips to touch the middle of your palms. Make a straight fist by touching your fingers to the bottom of your palm.
  • Pull your thumb back into a hitchhiking position, away from your palm. Move your thumb across your palm and try to touch the tip of your thumb to the bottom of your small finger. Repeat with the other hand.
  • Spread your fingers wide apart, then bring them back together.
  • Straighten out your fingers and pull them back with the other hand. Then pull your fingers forward. Repeat on the other hand.
  • Use one hand to pull your other thumb back into a hitchhike position. Pull from the base of the thumb and you will feel a stretch throughout your thumb muscles.

For more information about our hot tubs and how they can soothe your aching tendons, muscles and joints, contact us.