There are many reasons that you wanted to get a hot tub. You may have imagined entertaining friends, getting closer to your family, and relaxing after a long day at work. But did you know that regular soaks in your hot tub can actually promote certain health benefits? We all know how important a good diet and regular exercise are to achieving a healthy lifestyle. However, there are tremendous additional health benefits to be gained from a daily 20-minute session in your backyard hot tub. Yes, you can absolutely boost your wellness using your hot tub. Let’s find out how.
The American Sleep Association tells us that 70% of Americans suffer from some sort of sleep disorder. Lack of sleep affects all areas of our lives: mood, focus, energy, and even weight. A soak in your hot tub before bedtime can be a great aid to a better night’s sleep. Your muscles relax and your body temperature is reset, making falling asleep easier, and helping you stay asleep longer.
Improved Mental Health
Soaking in your hot tub relaxes your muscles and melts away tension. The combination of the warm water and the massaging action of the jets is a great anecdote to the anxiety our modern lifestyle creates in us. Being mentally “in the moment” for a 20-minute soak in the hot tub can take your mind off your worries most effectively.
Soothed Aches and Pains
Hydrotherapy or water therapy has been used for centuries to soothe aches and pains. Spa therapy has been shown to significantly reduce the discomfort of arthritis, back pain, and knee issues. The warmth and buoyancy of the water decreases stress on joints and even alleviates muscle spasms.
Regular use of a hot tub can have an effect on hypertension. One particular study found that a ten-minute soak in a hot tub actually lowered patients’ blood pressure readings. The heat of the water increases heart rate and improves circulation. Studies in Japan have shown that daily hot baths decrease the chance of stroke as well. If you have cardiovascular issues, always check with your doctor before using a hot tub.
Workout Routine Aid
Athletes have found that a soak in the hot tub before exercise loosens muscles and improves flexibility. In addition, a soak in the hot tub after a workout session relaxes overworked muscles and promotes muscle repair.
Cure For the Common Cold?
Well, we won’t go that far. However, there is a theory that hot tub soaks can indeed boost your immune system. It has been shown that immersion in the warm water of a hot tub improves your blood circulation and may raise your body temperature. If you have a virus coming on, this rise of temperature is somewhat akin to having a fever. Fevers are how the body kills off viruses. This rise in body temperature from a hot tub soak may hinder viruses from reproducing, thereby staving off the illness the virus would cause.
There are so many ways you can boost wellness using your hot tub! You may only have thought initially that your hot tub would be a source of fun and entertainment, but it can be so much more. We hope these suggestions for total wellness will encourage you to use your hot tub even more. The professionals at Fronheiser Pools are always here to answer your hot tub-related questions. Give us a call or stop by anytime.