What are the health benefits of hot tubs? There is nothing better than relaxing in a hot tub after a long, stressful day at work. Whilst adding a hot tub to your home can add a touch of luxury, they also have a whole range of health benefits.
There aren’t many people that need the extra excuse to buy a hot tub, however, those added extra health benefits can really help with the decision. So what are the benefits?
Are Hot Tubs Good for Your Health?
Hot tubs are incredibly beneficial for your physical and mental health. They can improve your mental health whilst easing the pain from physical symptoms. Hot tubs can also improve circulation and speed up the body’s natural healing process by relaxing muscles and relieving pressure on nerves.
Mental Health Benefits
Soaking in a hot tub has a whole range of mental and psychological health benefits. It can balance your hormones, reduce stress and anxiety, as well as enhance sleep, which all have positive effects on emotional and mental wellbeing.
Balance your hormones: When you indulge in a hot tub session “happy hormones” are released. These hormones are due to the fact that your blood flow is increasing and relaxes your breathing, which results in an increase of serotonin and dopamine in your body whilst decreasing the cortisol and epinephrine levels. Hot tubs can help re-balance these hormones which are helpful in fighting against stress, depression and anxiety.
Reduce stress: Stress is an inevitable part of life, but it’s how we bounce back and deal with stress that plays a huge role in our quality of life. While some people find having a glass of wine at the end of their day takes the edge off, hot tubs are a natural healing method.
The sounds from the swirling water evoke feelings of relaxation and can help reduce anxiety. Making yourself the number one priority and enjoying some breathing time can do wonders for mental health.
Helps enhance sleep: There will be no more counting sheep or tossing and turning in bed; relax in your hot tub before bedtime and it could help you have the best night’s sleep you’ve had in a long time. You will have a deeper and much more restful sleep whilst your body cools from soaking in the hot tub.
Research has shown that regularly increasing a human’s body temperature improves one’s cardiac rhythm, which improves the quality of heart health and sleep. We all know how important sleep is for our mental and physical health.
Physical Health Benefits
Soaking in a hot tub can help ease a whole range of physical problems. The steam from the hot water can help to open breathing passages in the sinus and lungs to help respiratory health. It also improves heart health, as it puts pressure on your body, making it work harder whilst decreasing your blood pressure.
Water buoyancy relaxes muscles, while water temperature decreases tension and improves flexibility, this helps ease the pain from aches and pains. Soaking in a hot tub can help to ease headaches because it dilates your blood vessels, which decreases the pressure on your head.
You can also do exercise in your hot tub which puts a lot less pressure on your joints, and minimises your risk of getting any joint-related problems. If you opt for a swim spa (a bigger version of a hot tub), you can canoe, kayak and paddleboard in your swim spa due to the powerful jets. They are a perfect length for swimming and aqua aerobics.
If you are interested in purchasing or renting a hot tub or swim spa, speak to the experts at 1 Stop Spas.