Yes Hot Tubbing Counts As Exercise…And So Much More

Anne Kruse

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 by  Anne Kruse





Tell the truth. When you hear about a study that may allow you to compromise (aka cheat) your fitness routine do your ears perk? A recent study found that spending time in the warm water of a hot tub lowers blood pressure and inflammation, increases metabolism, and burns 140 calories in 30 minutes, which is the equivalent of a 30-minute walk. These results do not constitute a cheat. Instead, this is affirmative evidence that your hot tub delivers so much more when it comes to physical fitness.

“This is affirmative evidence that your hot tub delivers when it comes to physical fitness.”

Recently, there has been an increase in the amount of research being done exploring the health benefits of spending time in a hot tub. The nutshell-results show that asking the body to change temperatures is extremely beneficial to your health. Exercise does just that, and so does immersion in your hot tub.

There’s no reason to keep the two separate. Instead combine the passive and active forms of exercise in your hot tub for even more health benefits. Here are a few ways you can do it.

How can jogging in my hot tub help meet my exercise goals?

Not only will you get your mileage in, you’ll benefit from the effects of warm water as well. Consider this type of jogging an extremely low-impact way of getting your exercise. As you go through the motions of jogging the warm water dilates your blood vessels allowing oxygen to feed your muscles. This may allow you to perform at a higher level for a longer period of time. Research indicates that after six weeks of aqua-jogging participants experienced reduced waist circumference, body fat reduction and improved aerobic fitness. All this could be yours in the comfort of your hot tub.


a lady practices yoga with her Caldera hot tub in the background demonstrating that using a hot tub has the same benefits as exercise
Stretching in your hot tub avoids pressure being placed on joints



“There’s nothing stopping you from bringing in water-safe equipment to increase weight resistance.”

Can doing exercises in my hot tub help meet my exercise goals?

This includes performing exercises such as stretching in your hot tub, arm lifts, push-ups against the side of your hot tub, and the jumping jack space permitting. There’s nothing stopping you from bringing in water-safe equipment to increase weight resistance. Doing exercises in this manner may be an excellent alternative to doing them on land. This is especially the case for those who have a high risk for falling, may be less physically confident, or have painful joints. A great example of stretching is included in the video below.


How does performing floating exercises in my hot tub benefit me?

There’s a reason why floating in warm water makes you feel good. It’s good for you. Water buoyancy reduces the weight your entire body has to bear. Practice floating in your hot tub while moving your arms and legs. Or, just float ‘til your heart’s content. Immersion in warm water will lower blood pressure so your heart really will be content. Floating creates a sort of sensory deprivation effect that allows you to release stress and tension. It really does float away.

“Floating creates a sort of sensory deprivation effect that allows you to release stress and tension.”


a man burns calories by using his hot tub
Continue your exercise routine in your hot tub after a long bike ride



How simply sitting and enjoying your hot tub counts as exercise.

The passive approach to exercise is effective for adding health benefits to your day. The warmth of the water and pressure created by water jets reduces swelling, and the load on painful joints, and promotes muscle relaxation. Additionally, research shows that patients recovering from injury or illness may become more active and improve their quality of life as a result of spending 30 minutes per week in a therapeutic water environment.

“Research allows us to open doors to show the world the benefits of hot tub use.”

Research allows us to open doors to show the world the benefits of hot tub use. The next time you’re negotiating with yourself about your fitness routine remember just a quick 20-30-minute dip counts as exercise…and so much more. Have confidence – scientific confidence, knowing that a hot tub can proudly take its place as part of any legitimate exercise plan. It’s time to conduct your own research study. Jump in and get busy today.

If you’re already an owner we would love to hear how you are using your hot tub in your exercise routine.

We are passionate hot tub enthusiasts and appreciate your interest in learning. Read more about the benefits of hot tub use in our hot tub resource library. We are your source for reliable information.

Download a brochure to learn more. At Caldera® Spas we take pride in helping you find ways to “Come to Life®.” We know you’re worth it. Feel good. Live well. We’re all in this together.

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