Take a Look at These 8 Hot Tub Health Benefits
It’s a new year, and that means it’s time to focus on your health. Many ads tell you these days to strive for a new you in the new year. While it sounds like a lot of work to work toward a completely new you, we suggest working toward a better you.
How is this possible? It’s possible in your own hot tub. It’s so much more than a soak. A hot tub is a place to relax outside, relieve stress, soothe aching muscles, ease symptoms of diabetes and fibromyalgia, and sleep better.
Did you know that hot water soaks have multiple therapeutic effects? Hydrotherapy is amazing and can work wonders for many people.
In this article, we take a look at these eight hot tub health benefits.
#1: Hot Tubs Reduce Stress and Anxiety
You probably already know hot tubs are relaxing, but did you know they can help you stress less and reduce anxiety? In fact, there’s a lot of research to back it up. The National Swimming Pool Foundation says that after a person soaks for 25 minutes in a 102 degree hot tub, their autonomic nervous system changes during warm water immersion. This then produces changes like those people encounter when they relax. Hot water immersion also reduces anxiety.
What’s the secret to these hot tub health benefits?
- Hot water and massage jets reduce muscle tension and ease physical stress.
- Hot water increases body temperature which causes blood vessels to dilate which increases circulation and then lowers blood pressure. This helps people relax.
What’s more, a warm water soak releases endorphins which in turn reduce anxiety and stress. Endorphins lift our mood and make us happier.
#2: Hot Tubs Improve Sleep
If you ask most adults, they’ll tell you they wish they slept better. Well, there is a natural answer, and you can find it in your hot tub.
How does a hot tub improve sleep? When you soak about an hour and a half before bedtime, you relax your body. You relieve muscle and joint pain. This gets you ready for sleep.
In addition, your body temperature raises in the hot tub, and when you get out, your body temperature lowers. This gets your body ready for a good night’s sleep because it’s a natural sleep aid.
#3: Hot Tubs Reduce Pain
Many adults suffer from back pain. This can be caused by sore ligaments and strained muscles. When you soak in a hot tub, the buoyancy of the water can help relieve the pain in your joints and ligaments because the water supports most of your body weight.
Plus, the adjustable massage jets target your muscles along with any release built-up tension so you can again relieve pain.
#4: Hot Tubs Reduce Arthritis Pain
In the United States 24% of all adults, or 58.5 million people suffer from arthritis. The symptoms of arthritis are pain, stiff joints, ligaments, and tendons, and inflammation.
You’ll find that hot water reduces inflammation and increases the blood flow to your muscles. The water temperature can also help prevent painful muscle contractions. Also, because of the buoyancy of the water, your joints will feel less pressure, and you may feel less pain..
#5: Hot Tubs Relieve Fibromyalgia Pain
The symptoms of fibromyalgia are widespread muscle pain and tenderness. A hot tub can help stimulate circulation because of the hot tub jets. This can in turn reduce pain because as your blood flow increases, your muscles start to relax.
#6: Hot Tubs Improve Heart Health
Another benefit of hot tubs is that when you are immersed in hot water, your heart works more efficiently. Your blood may end up flowing more easily through your body which enhances circulation because your arteries and veins dilate to carry more blood.
Hot water immersion improves blood flow which may in turn improve heart health.
#7: Hot Tubs May Lower Blood Sugar
For people who have diabetes, hot tubs can help. This is because the heat in the spa water can help dilate your blood vessels. This improves the flow of your blood and in turn reduces your blood sugar levels.
It has been found that regular hot tub use can reduce blood sugar levels for some people.
#8: Hot Tubs are Well Rounded
For athletes, soaking in a hot tub both before and after exercise can help improve your workout and make you feel better afterwards.
Soaking before a workout loosens muscles and gets them ready for a workout. You can even stretch while in the hot tub which also preps your muscles for a workout.
After a workout, soaking in the hot tub provides hot water therapy that increases your blood flow, relaxes muscles, and stimulates your healing.
Hot tubs are a win-win for athletes both novice and professional.
Now that you’ve seen these eight hot tub health benefits, it’s time to either use your own spa more, or if you don’t have a spa, get your own.
Stop by any of our three locations today or contact us below! We’d love to tell you more about hot tubs, walk you around our showroom, and even introduce you to your test soak.