Use your Hot Tub to Stay Flexible After 50
Adopting a healthier lifestyle as we grow older is essential to keeping our mobility and flexibility at its peak. Most people will agree that somehow everything seems to take a downward spiral once we reach our 30’s, including how flexible we are. We become caught up in our careers and families, which means the attention we pay to our bodies often takes a back seat. As we round the bend to the big “5-0” we start recognizing that our flexibility is not as good as it used to be.
The question becomes: Is it too late to regain the flexibility of our twenties when we are in our fifties? The answer is: Absolutely not! The great news is that you can use your hot tub to help improve your flexibility.
Warm-up in your hot tub
Getting ready to exercise? Great! Now, don’t think that we’re trying to sound like your football coach from your high school days – but warming up before you start is just as essential for you now as it was back then. Maybe even more so. Taking the time to warm up before exercise isn’t an option – it is the first step to exercising – and your hot tub is the perfect place to make this happen. A quick soak in your hot tub before you begin to exercise will loosen and warm up your muscles, along with increasing your blood flow. This will only take a few minutes and will increase your likelihood of not hurting yourself during a workout.
Exercising in your hot tub
If you are just using your hot tub to relax in and take away aches and pains … you are only using it to half its full potential! Doing Tai Chi and yoga in your hot tub are not just great ways to use your spa. They’re great ways to help improve your core strength and balance, ad help increase your flexibility!
Stretch, stretch and stretch some more
Now that you have gotten a good workout, grab a towel and dry off. It’s time to finish up your session with a good, long stretch. Stretching, much like warming up, is very important in order to increase your limberness and prevent injuries. Take a few minutes to stretch out your body. You won’t regret it.
Try these stretches to help improve your flexibility:
- Arm opener stretches
- Chin drop stretches
- Hula hHoop stretches
- Overhead tricep stretches
Be consistent and watch as your body becomes more responsive and limber with time. Remember, “Rome was not built in a day.” Continue to strive forward and enjoy the body you have been given. It is stronger than you could ever imagine!