How Does a Hot Tub Help Your Body?
To some people, a hot tub is a place to host social events. To others, it’s a place to rejuvenate the mind and body. While there are a time and place for having social events in your hot tub, you’ll get the most benefits from your hot tub by using it in a therapeutic way.
If you’ve been thinking about buying a hot tub and looking for a list of all the ways one can help your body, you’ve come to the right place!
There’s something about being cocooned in warmth that relaxes us. Just as cocooning yourself in a blanket reduces stress, so does sitting in a hot tub. The warm water envelops your body and creates the perfect environment for you to untangle your thoughts or practice mindfulness.
When you reduce your stress levels, it’s easier to sleep. In addition to reducing stress, a hot tub also physically relaxes your body. The warm water eases the tension held in your muscles, making it easier for you to unwind at night and fall asleep faster.
Soaking in a hot tub can also improve your confidence. This one sounds weird, but hear us out. When you’re less stressed and fully relaxed, you feel better about yourself and what’s going on. That can lead to you having better self-esteem and feeling more confident in yourself.
Improve Cardiovascular Health
Most people are surprised to find out that regularly soaking in a hot tub can improve their cardiovascular health. It works like this: when your body is put under pressure (i.e. put under water up to the neck), your heart has to work harder to regulate your body temperature. This would be dangerous if you maintained this position for hours but doing so for just 15 minutes gives your heart an additional cardio workout.
Alleviate Aches and Pains
The warm water from a hot tub creates the perfect environment for your muscles to loosen and release any tension they’ve been carrying. The buoyancy of the hot tub can also help relieve aches and pains, especially for arthritic users. The warm water eases pain while floating in the water takes pressure off joints that normally get a lot of wear and tear.
Lower Blood Pressure
A hot tub not only heats your body’s exterior. If you sit in the tub for long enough, the warmed blood that was in the exterior capillaries of your skin are pumped back into the body and redistributed to your organs and tissues. The increased temperature helps relax your inner body and reduce your blood pressure. Of course, if you have cardiovascular issues or high blood pressure, consult with your doctor before sitting in a hot tub.
When you increase your cardio activity, you have the potential to lose weight if your caloric intake is below your daily caloric burn. One small study conducted several years ago showed that sitting in a hot tub for 30 minutes for most days of the week helped participants lose 4 lbs over the course of the month. That was without any changes in diet or exercise. While a vigorous exercise regiment and change in your diet will get you the fastest weight loss results, knowing you can soak in the tub for a bit is always beneficial to know.
There are many more benefits associated with having a hot tub but these are our top benefits. You can find many more benefits that are associated with having arthritis, anxiety, or sports injuries, too. To learn more about why a hot tub is a wonderful investment for your health, click here to download a hot tub buyer’s guide from our main page.