Did you know that soaking in a hot tub regularly can be good for your health? I kind of guessed that it did as I always feel better after I have been in. So, I thought that in this post I would explore the benefits to your health of using a Hot Tub regularly. There were actually more than I thought! Some were quite surprising.
Life in general, work, home, all can be stressful and we all know that stress can have a detrimental effect on our overall health. Side effects of this can include including low energy; headaches and poor digestion. It’s something that is hard to avoid in the modern world. Learning to combat and manage any acute of chronic life stresses is extremely important and did you know that a Hot Tub can help? Really I hear you ask?
Envisage yourself lounging in a Hot Tub. I bet you can feel your cortisol levels drop as you are reading. So just imagine what the actual experience can do for stress levels. Soaking in a hot tub at the end of the day, nice cold drink, is a guaranteed stress buster. Lie back, relax and watch the world go by (and your cortisol go down).
Eases Aches & Pains, Promotes Healing
Hydrotherapy is the use of warm water in pain relief and health treatment. It encompasses a large range of therapeutic approaches that manipulate the physical properties of water such as temperature and pressure for remedial purposes. Sounds like a Hot Tub? Well, sort of. The heat of hot tubs can help to alleviate the pain and inflammation cause my arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
I bet you didn’t even realise that Hot tubs and swim spas can also be great for allowing suffers of arthritis to do low impact exercise that can improve blood flow and muscle strength.
It Can Lower your Blood Pressure
Here comes the science bit. Mayo Clinic researcher Thomas Allison, M.P.H., PhD did a study that shows that sitting in a spa bath can lower your blood pressure. This is great for those who are at risk for heart disease or suffer from hypertension. Of course, if you suffer from those problems you should consult your doctor but the research of Dr. Allison have showed that hot water like in spa baths increase your heart rate while lowering your blood pressure which helps reinforce our earlier fact that it can help your cardiovascular health.
In researching for this article, I read that couples find that when they spend time together in a hot tub, they talk more and therefore improve the communication in their relationship. What I read followed with Kids also love to join their parents in the hot tub which becomes a great family time for communication. Could not agree more with this. My kids love coming in the Hot Tub and it is some quality family time – especially when the basket ball and games come out. My kids aren’t competitive honest! I’m sure many would see this as a welcome break from the screens that our kids like to glue themselves too!
Hot Tub makes you sleep better? My wife would certainly agree – she always says how tired she is after being in the but. However, did you know that soaking in warm water for approximately 90 minutes before your bedtime can lower your body’s internal thermostat. This helps you achieve the magic 8-10 hours sleep. No way!
How’s that true?
More science. The hot tub raises your body temperature. This is followed by a drop in body temperature when you leave the hot tub. Which, results in the release of sleep catalysing endorphins, that induce a deeper and more peaceful sleep. There we go – so there is some science in my wife’s “complaint” she is always tired when she gets out of the tub!
Its actually Exercise
According to Bruce Becker, M.D., immersing yourself in water in general up to your neck gives you a cardiac workout. This is because water puts more pressure on your body which increases your cardiac volume. In other words, when you’re soaking in water, your heart works harder and that helps it stay healthy. I guess this is true, but I wouldn’t be replacing my Gym session with a Hot Tub – although it would be much easier and relaxing!
Just for Athletes
Did you know, soaking in a hot tub before and after you work out helps loosen your muscles and can reduce the risk of injury. I guess it is a bit like a warm up and down activity before a match or a race. It also prevents muscle soreness and stiffness, helps treat existing injury and improves your sleep quality, especially after extreme exercise. I can definitely agree with the latter – sore legs from the gym feel so much better after a soak.
So there you have it – actual health benefits to owning a Hot Tub!
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