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Everybody loves soaking in a hot tub.
Hot tubs are warm, comfortable, and relaxing. They’re a place to spend some time after a hard day of pretty much anything. They can be a wonderful start to a brand new day, too.
We’ve all encountered hot tubs in a number of places. Many resorts and spas offer them, and some gyms and fitness centers do, too. Some people have a hot tub in their homes or on their backyard deck. Perhaps you’ve even considered buying one for your own home.
Do you know that there are a number of hot tub health benefits that can help you to improve your overall health? Most people just think of hot tubs as fun or a luxury, but soaking in a hot tub can actually have a positive effect on your body.
Read on to learn more about the health benefits of using a hot tub. Once you know them, you’ll be inspired to soak more frequently, and may even decide that you can no longer go on without your own hot tub on your property.
Almost everyone has used a hot tub at some point in his or her lifetime. If asked to describe a hot tub experience, every single one of those people will at some point use the word “relaxing” to describe it.
It’s true. Sitting in bubbling, warm water, away from the stresses of everyday life is, in fact, relaxing. It’s likely the primary reason that anyone chooses to use one. This is one of the hot tub health benefits that everyone knows.
When you feel relaxed, your stress levels plummet. If you are suffering from any type of mental or emotional stress, you’ll feel better after a short time in a hot tub.
To magnify the hot tub’s benefits, you might play some soft music, light some candles, or add aromatherapy components to your experience.
If you feel great after an occasional hot tub session, imagine how you would feel if you could relax in a hot tub once or twice daily.
Spending time in a hot tub can be a big help to your physical body as well. When you sit in warm or hot water, your muscles will soon become relaxed. This is part of why so many people enjoy a good soak in a hot bathtub.
However, a hot tub takes this one step further. The massaging action of the hot tub jets will help to soothe your muscles even more. No matter where you hold tension in your body, you can help release that tension by aligning your body with the powerful jets in a hot tub.
Furthermore, if your muscles are loose and pliable, you’ll be less likely to injure yourself while doing physical labor and while exercising. Many people enjoy a soak in a hot tub both before and after they build something or move heavy objects, and also before and after a workout, a long run, or a day on the ski slopes.
When you have lower levels of stress and when your muscles feel loose and relaxed, you’ll likely sleep better, too. People who suffer from insomnia or general difficulty sleeping generally have these problems for a few identifiable reasons.
Some people can’t sleep at night because they consume too much caffeine and sugar during the day, but a hot tub won’t help with that issue. Others have trouble sleeping because they don’t have a consistent sleep schedule – hot tub soaking won’t fix that problem either.
However, if you find that you are having a hard time falling asleep because you have a lot on your mind, then the stress-relieving qualities of a hot tub may be a solution.
Others have a hard time staying asleep because of the aches and pains they experience in their bodies. If you take the time to soak in a hot tub on a regular basis, you may find that many of these pains dissolve or diminish, thereby allowing you to fall asleep faster and to stay asleep longer.
When you get a good night’s sleep, your health will improve in countless other ways, too.
You may not think that hot tubs can help you to support your heart health, but they can aid you in this area as well.
According to a 2016 study, relaxing in a hot tub on a regular basis can lower your blood pressure.
This study asked participants to soak in hot water on a regular basis over an eight-week period. The subjects of the study were young individuals who did not exercise. Researchers found that the participants in this study experienced an improvement in cardiovascular health over that period that was on par with or greater than what they would expect in individuals who received exercise training over the same time period.
Although hot tub soaking should not be viewed as a replacement for exercise, the researchers suggested that it could be beneficial to people who cannot exercise.
Even if you do exercise on a regular basis, the relaxing, heart-healthy aspects of hot tubbing are a great bonus for you.
However, on the other hand, if you suffer from low blood pressure, you should be careful when using a hot tub; if you are prone to lightheadedness and fainting due to low blood pressure, you should never use a hot tub alone.
According to another study, spending time in a hot tub can also burn calories. Again, time in a hot tub is no substitute for actual exercise. However, researchers found that subjects who sat in a hot tub for an hour burned as many calories as they would on a thirty-minute walk.
This is another bonus for anyone who enjoys a good hot tub soak. For people who are unable to exercise due to injuries or other health issues, this calorie burn can be helpful to their overall health.
These are just a few of the many hot tub health benefits available to you when you spend regular time in a hot tub. As you can see, a hot tub can change your life for the better in many ways. If you’re thinking about adding a hot tub to your home or property, we’d love to help you find the perfect one. Give us a call today; we can’t wait to hear from you.
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