Article Benefits of Using a Hot Tub By Probuilt Staff November 14, 2022
It’s no secret that sometimes the most productive thing you can do is relax. If you have a hot tub, you are half-way there. Let’s just say that time spent in a hot tub is time well spent. After all, life should be simple. Just add water.
If you have a hot tub or have seriously been thinking about getting one, be aware it can have a positive impact on your health and well-being. In fact, there are several benefits to spending time in your hot tub. After a long and hard day, a good soak in a hot tub may be just all the therapy you need. It not only will help you unwind, relax, and rejuvenate, but it can provide a host of other appealing benefits, as well.
Top 7 Benefits of Soaking in a Hot Tub
- Muscle relaxation. Between the hot water and the massaging action of the jets, you will soon feel your tight and tense muscles relax. As a result, your aches and pains will just drift away. If you use a hot tub before working out, you may also reduce the risk of injury.
- Stress relief. There is nothing like the soothing benefits of sitting in a hot tub to ease the stress of the day. A good soak in a hot tub can melt away physical, emotional, and even mental stress.
- Pain relief. Soaking in a hot tub has the potential to relieve certain types of pain by relaxing your joints, muscles, and tendons. Further, if you suffer from arthritis, the heat and massaging action of a hot tub may help alleviate stiffness and inflammation associated with arthritis.
- Improved sleep. Current research indicates a simple soak in a hot tub has the power to provide you a more peaceful sleep. An older study even suggested that passive body heating can potentially aid insomnia in older adults. While the study was small and subjective, it did find that a soak in a hot tub can promote deeper and more restful sleep.
- Improved cardiovascular health. When you relax in a hot tub, you may raise your heart rate and reduce your blood pressure. Immersion in hot water can have positive effect on vascular function and blood pressure. Sitting in a hot tub for 10 minutes may even reduce blood pressure.
- Improved insulin sensitivity. Some researchers have suggested that routine thermal therapy through the use of a hot tub may have the potential to improve impaired insulin sensitivity. As a result, a soak in a hot tub may be beneficial for managing diabetes.
- Burn calories. Sitting in a hot tub for an hour can burn the same number of calories as a 30-minute walk. However, relaxing in hot water should not replace exercise, but it might help boost your metabolism.
When to Avoid Using a Hot Tub
Before using a hot tub – or if you have any concerns about using one – consult with your doctor first. This is of even greater importance of you suffer from heart disease and/or are pregnant. You may also want to avoid getting in a hot tub if you have open cuts, sores, and rashes; have lower blood pressure; and/or have a urinary tract infection.
When using a hot tub, be sure to stay hydrated and avoid very hot water. The absolute maximum water temperature should be 104 degrees F (40 degrees C). Additionally, you should limit the amount of time you spend in the hot tub. You should exit the tub right away if you feel dizzy, lightheaded, short of breath, nauseated, or if your skin turns red. Finally, after using a hot tub, do not go straight from the hot water to icy cold water, as this could create a spike in your blood pressure.
Regular use of a hot tub can have many wonderful health benefits. At the same time, you should keep in mind your physical issues and stick to what your doctor advises with regard to usage of a hot tub. When carefully used, hot tubs are safe for most people.
So, when you are ready to get a hot tub of your own, just let us know. You deserve the gift of improved health and well-being, and Probuilt Pool & Patio stands at the ready to deliver! Be sure to browse our collection of hot tubs and spas, all designed with your enjoyment in mind.