Soaking in a hot tub doesn’t just relax you, though it definitely does do that! It has a real, physically positive impact on your body. The fact is, if you want to be a healthier person, your hot tub can help! From pain relief to weight loss to mental health, the benefits of regular hot tub use are amazing. Here are five of the biggest ways hot tubs make you a healthier person.
Everyone fights stress sometimes. But, did you know that chronic stress takes a big toll on the body? For instance, stress has been shown to kill brain cells and increase the risk of mental illness. So it’s no surprise that mitigating stress can go a long way to improving your health.
But how does a hot tub help? For one thing, it can provide a quiet refuge and the chance for some self-care. When you slip into the warm water, there’s no work or distractions demanding your attention. That daily quiet time is a great opportunity to rest, unwind, and recharge. Secondly, we’ve all heard about the adverse effects of high cortisol levels (the stress hormone). Regularly soaking in your warm hot tub can lower cortisol.
If you have trouble sleeping or always feel fatigued, try soaking in a hot tub for 20 minutes before bedtime. The warm water raises your core temperature. Then, as your temperature cools to normal, it triggers your body’s natural sleep rhythm. This will help you fall asleep easier and rest more deeply.
You know that old saying, “use it or lose it”? There’s a lot of truth to that. As we age, we have to keep stretching and using our joints and muscles or they can become stiff or even locked. This is why a lifetime of stretching is vital. But, if you want your stretching to be safer and more effective, incorporate your hot tub! The heated water will warm up your muscles and ligaments, limber you up, and increase blood flow throughout your body. Then, after your hot tub soak, or even during your soak, stretch. You’ll notice you feel more pliable and can stretch easier.
Chronic Pain Relief
Do you deal with the painful symptoms of arthritis, fibromyalgia, spinal stenosis, or another condition? Hydrotherapy in your hot tub could help! The water’s buoyancy takes body weight off your joints and muscles, while the heat relaxes your body and eases pain. Your circulation increases, carrying a boost of oxygen throughout your body, which also helps with pain. Plus, the massaging jets can go to work just where you need them most.
Soaking in your hot tub is incredible for heart health. Warm water hydrotherapy increases your heart rate and lowers your blood pressure. In fact, soaking in your hot tub has a similar effect as aerobic exercise for your body.
Not only will using a hot tub improve your health, but you’ll enjoy every moment! If you want to experience all these health benefits for yourself, visit one of our showrooms and we’ll help you find your ideal spa. Let this be the year that your health is better than ever before.