Your hot tub is an inviting oasis for relaxation. However, it also makes a great place for an exercise session. Believe it or not, aquatic workouts can help build your muscle strength and provide cardiovascular benefits. Before you hop in the spa and do your lunges and leg lifts, ask your doctor if a water workout is right for you. Once you receive spa exercising approval, try some of these moves:

Hips

Improve the muscles around your hips by standing in the tub, using the sides for balance as needed. Lift your leg straight out to the side and push against the water for resistance. Do 10-15 repetitions on both legs. Then raise your leg and bring your knee to your chest. Do 10-15 repetitions on each leg.

Arms and Shoulders

Bicep curls are a great way to tone your arms. Begin with your arms straight at your sides and then curl one arm so your fist moves toward your bicep, perpendicular to your body. Next, work on strengthening your shoulder muscles.  Start with your arms by your sides and lift them straight out, so they’re shoulder height and parallel to ground. Begin with 10 repetitions of both workouts on each arm. For an added challenge, try these sets with light dumbbells.

Legs

Tone your calf muscles with leg lifts. Simply stand in your hot tub and rise up on to your toes for three to five seconds and then release. Repeat this five times and eventually work your way up to additional lifts. Another simple, yet effective, workout for your leg muscles is to walk around your spa for at least 10 minutes. Walk forward, sideways, and backwards for a full-leg workout. The water resistance will help to tone and strengthen your leg muscles.

After all that working out, you deserve to treat yourself. Rest, relax, and soak in your hot tub and give yourself a pat on the back for all your hard work!