How a Beachcomber Hot Tub Supports Your Fitness Goals
It’s officially January and that means a new year, a new decade and a new you. Many people start off the new year with resolutions to get fit and reinvest in their personal health and wellbeing. Whether that means eating better, exercising more, meditating or reconnecting with nature, the new year is a great time to develop healthier habits. A new exercise routine is a great way to meet your fitness goals and de-stress after the holidays. With an at-home hot tub, you can add soaking into your regular fitness routine either pre- or post-workout. If you’ve ever been slowed down by sore or tired muscles, a hot tub may help you recover faster and return to training sooner. In this blog post, we will discuss the benefits of soaking as part of a fitness and recovery routine, and provide some helpful tips for making the most of your hot tub this winter.
Benefits of Soaking in the Hot Tub Before Your Workout
Before a workout, soaking in a hot tub can help improve blood flow and loosen muscles. This is enormously beneficial, especially when combined with 10-30 minutes of stretching before your workout. One of the best ways to prevent athletic injury is to consistently follow a warm-up routine that allows your body to ease into exercise. Begin your warm-up with a short soak in your hot tub, about 10-20 minutes depending on your preference. Following your hot tub soak, you’ll find your muscles feeling warmed up and more pliable, allowing you to have a more effective pre-workout stretch and cardio warm up. With your muscles warm and ready to go, you’ll be able to have a more fulfilling workout, while preventing injuries at the same time.
Benefits of Soaking in the Hot Tub After Your Workout
Following a workout, it is important for both your athletic goals and the recovery process that you can relax your mind and muscles. Soaking in a hot tub following your workout can help promote circulation and loosen tight muscles. It is also a great opportunity to drink some water and reflect on your workout.
One of the best advantages of soaking in your hot tub after a gruelling workout is a chance to relax and reflect, focusing on recovering your mental health. Many athletes choose to write in a journal or meditate after a workout to identify what went well and what may require improvement. A post-workout hot tub soak is a great opportunity to reflect and set specific short- and long-term goals related to your fitness journey, and help you identify areas of improvement.
Exercises to Do in the Hot Tub
While relaxing during your pre- or post-workout soak, or anytime you are using your hot tub, you might choose to incorporate some easy exercises into the experience. We recommend some basic stretches such as shoulder rolls and arm rolls or some light core exercises such as bicycle kicks or torso rotations. You can even incorporate more strength-oriented exercises such as thigh presses by pressing knees together and applying resistance to your knees using your hands. In sets of three, you can then push through this resistance to strengthen your inner and outer thigh muscles.
Some of our most important advice when it comes to hot tub soaking before or after workouts is to listen to your body. If you are feeling especially sore, tired, inflamed or hot, you can always defer your after-workout soak until the next day. The recovery process is as unique as your fitness journey, so try a few different soaking methods in order to figure out what works best with your body.
If you’re interested in investing in a Beachcomber hot tub this winter or are looking to upgrade or service an existing tub, look no further than Seaway Pools & Hot Tubs. As a certified Beachcomber hot tub dealer, Seaway’s friendly team of experts is always prepared to help with any at-home hot tub needs. We can help you find the perfect hot tub for your home or cottage, whether you are shopping for you and your spouse or the entire family. We currently have two showrooms in Markham and Newmarket where you can look at all our available Beachcomber models, perform a free water quality test or browse parts and accessories. For more information on Beachcomber hot tubs and to get started purchasing a new hot tub, contact our team today at 905-294-8030 (Markham) or 905-853-8500 (Newmarket).