There is nothing more relaxing than a good soak in a hot tub at the end of a long day. The therapeutic benefits of warm, bubbling water are well known. But did you know there were specific advantages to health too? Here we take a look at a number of health benefits of hot tubs, from stress and pain relief to confidence-boosting properties.
1. Hot tubs can help ease muscle pain
One of the best known health benefits of hot tubs and spas is muscle pain relief. Regular use can relieve tension, thanks to the combination of massage, heat and buoyancy.
Heat increases blood flow to the muscles, which can help to speed up healing. Buoyancy eases pressure in joints and muscles, whilst hot tub jets give a therapeutic massage which stimulates the release of endorphins, the body’s natural painkiller.
Whether you are suffering an athletic injury such as a strain or pulled muscle, or you have arthritis or some other chronic condition, a good soak in a hot tub should make you feel a whole lot better.
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2. Hot tubs can alleviate stress
When you spend time in a hot tub, it’s the perfect chance to relax, let down your guard and drift off to a peaceful place. If you decide to take a soak with others, then you can steal yourself away with a good chat, taking your mind off the things that have been causing you stress and anxiety.
A hot tub also provides the opportunity to escape outside, to disconnect from the rat race, take in the beauty of natural surroundings and breathe in some healthy fresh air. Watch the sunset, listen to the birds singing or indulge in the sound of the wind rustling in the trees. Considering the mental health benefits of nature, however you look at it, a hot tub is the perfect, stress-busting outside retreat.
3. Home spas can improve heart and circulatory health
It is widely reported in the medical world that immersing yourself in water up to your neck can give you a cardiac workout. This is because the water puts more pressure on your body, upping your cardiac volume.
So, when you are taking a soak, your heart works harder, which can boost its health.
4. Hot tubs can help you sleep
Warm water promotes relaxation, which can induce better sleep. The heat of the water raises your body temperature, which relaxes your muscles. This makes you feel tired and relaxed. Just be sure to exit the tub before you drift off.
5. Spa baths can help lower blood pressure
A study undertake for the Mayo Clinic has revealed that spending as little as 15 minutes soaking in a spa bath can reduce blood pressure.
So, for those who suffer from hypertension, or who are at risk from heart disease, this has to be one of the most useful benefits of hot tubs and spas. Do discuss things with your healthcare practitioner though, just to make sure it’s the right thing for you personally, bearing in mind that certain other medical conditions may make a hot tub unsuitable for you.
6. Hot tubs can assist with diabetes and weight loss
A study has shown that diabetes sufferers who take regular spa baths can reduce their blood sugar and glucose levels. The study also revealed that immersing in a hot tub for 30 minutes, six days a week can assist to some degree with weight loss.
Again, do speak to your healthcare adviser if you have a medical condition and are considering spending time in a hot tub. They will be able to confirm whether it is safe for you.
7. A spa bath can help cleanse your body
Another one of the better known health benefits of hot tubs is the fact that because heat opens the pores of the skin, which allows for cleansing. Steam is an excellent skin cleanser, helping to rid the pores of dirt, grease and toxins.
When you emerge from a hot tub, you feel cleansed and detoxified, which can make you feel generally better in yourself too.
8. Spending time in a home spa can help reduce headaches
Warm water helps to open up blood vessels, which reduces pressure around the head, potentially easing headaches.
The general relaxation properties of taking a spa bath will also help ease tension, which is a major cause of headaches. Removing the cause rather than treating the symptoms is always the better approach.
9. A spa bath can boost self-esteem and confidence
Feeling cleansed, relaxed and tension-free inspires positive thoughts, which will generally make you feel better about yourself. And when you feel good, your confidence gets a boost too.
If you’re worried about an event, perhaps an interview or a presentation or speech you have to give, a spa bath beforehand will help you relax, mentally prepare and gather the confidence you need to through it all.
Always consider the risks when using a hot tub
Whilst there are many health benefits of hot tubs, it is important to exercise caution, especially as certain health conditions could make a spa bath unsuitable for you.
If you suffer from any medical condition, be sure to consult your healthcare adviser before you start using a home spa. You should definitely avoid hot spa baths when pregnant, as hot water can be harmful to unborn babies. Also ensure when you are using a tub to stay hydrated, as the hot water can dry you out.
You may also wish to read up on our advice around hot tub temperature and health, useful advice to ensure you get the most out of your tub.
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