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After a busy day, most people want to just relax a bit, and sinking into your hot tub may be exactly what you need to help you unwind. Soaking not only helps you relax, but hot tubs have many health benefits beyond just chilling at the end of the day. Here's what you need to know about how owning a hot tub can benefit you.
The benefits of a hot tub vary, depending on how often you use the hot tub and on your overall health, but there are plenty of both mental and physical benefits that these steam baths can give you when using them regularly. Here are a few of the main benefits that people feel.
One of the biggest benefits of sitting in a hot tub is relieving stress at the end of a long day. As you sit in the water, tensions ease, your mind clears, and you feel the stress slip away. The hydro massage jets help to relieve mental and emotional stress and calm your fears and your mind. By adding aromatherapy or relaxing music , you can enhance the effects of the hot tub.
Soaking in the warm waters of a hot tub can ease the pain from tight muscles. It can also help with joint and tendon pain or relieve soreness from overexertion. The heat from the water and the hydromassage can also ease stiffness in your joints from arthritis, as the water takes the weight off your joints. This easing of your joints can also help with range of motion and flexibility.
For centuries, steam has been used to open up the pores of your skin, washing away impurities that may be trapped. Steam from a hot tub is no different and may help to open pores and clear up acne treatment. Another advantage of the hot tub is that the perspiration also helps with detoxifying your skin, and the increased circulation may aid in making your skin more elastic.
Research has shown that another benefit of having a hot tub is that the relaxation achieved may help you fall asleep faster and have a more restful sleep. As you sit in the hot tub, your body temperature rises slightly, and that extra body heat can help with more restful, better-quality sleep.
The benefits of a hot tub spa are twofold when it comes to muscle relaxation. The warm water can help you relax and unwind. The hydromassage action can ease aches and pains, alleviate tight, sore muscles, and keep your body loose and limber to help prevent additional soreness or injury.
Beyond the medical benefits of a hot tub, the spa can also give you more energy. Your more relaxed state helps you let your guard down and get better rest. This, in turn, lets you wake up feeling refreshed and ready to face each day.
Sitting in a hot tub for an extended period of time can increase your metabolism and may help you lose weight. For those that have a tough time exercising, this may be a way for you to get an added boost to rev your metabolism a bit.
Overall, hot tubs are very good for you, and the health benefits of having a hot tub at home are well worth the investment. Numerous people benefit from being in hot tubs every day. But because relaxing in a hot tub may increase your core temperature slightly, it is worth having a conversation with your doctor if any of the following conditions apply to you.
Heart Disease. If you have a history of heart disease, consult with your doctor before using one. The hot tub may affect your heart rate and blood pressure. With certain heart conditions, this may be beneficial, but it may cause concerns with others. It's always better to err on the side of caution.
Pregnancy. It's easy to overheat in a hot tub, and even more so when you're pregnant. This may be harmful to your baby and you.
Low Blood Pressure. The warm water in hot tubs can lower your blood pressure as it relaxes you. If you are already prone to lightheadedness, dizziness, or fainting, it may lower your blood pressure further.
Skin Injuries. To reduce the chances of infection, wait until any open wounds have healed before entering the hot tub.
Any of these conditions do not automatically exclude you from using a hot tub, but to prevent any exacerbation of your current conditions, checking with your healthcare provider can help keep you safe and give you an enjoyable hot tub experience.
When using a hot tub for its numerous health benefits, it's always best to follow a few simple guidelines to keep you safe.
Keep Up On Maintenance. Before entering a hot tub, make sure it is clean and free of debris. Get the water tested regularly to keep it safe from bacteria, and disinfect your hot tub with a bromine solution or oxygen shock products every couple of months - or more often if you use your hot tub frequently.
Avoid HOT Water. There's no denying that sinking into that hot, steamy water feels amazing. But the absolute maximum temperature your water should be at is 104 degrees. Anything else becomes unsafe.
Drink Water. Keep your water bottle handy. As you sweat, you become dehydrated, and replenishing fluids is a must.
Limit Your Time. When first getting used to soaking in a hot tub, set your limit at 10 to 15 minutes, so your body can adjust to being in the water. As you use the hot tub more and see how your body reacts to the heat, you can stay in longer at lower water temperatures. Learn how your body reacts to the hot tub and get out immediately if you feel lightheaded, dizzy, nauseous, or have shortness of breath.
Buy a Quality Hot Tub. Regularly soaking in a hot tub can provide numerous health benefits, but if you're going to spend that much time in the hot tub, quality really does matter. Some hot tubs can crack, chip, or break, leaving you with a less-than-favorable experience. To enjoy the benefits of the hot tub for years to come, check out Aquatica's line of hot tubs that can be customized for any home.
Hot tubs can be a wonderful addition to the exterior (or interior) of your home. With sleek, stylish designs in many different colors, our hot tubs blend seamlessly into the decor of your property and create a stunning gathering place for family and friends. Many of our hot tubs have hidden jets to keep the clean lines flowing through your landscaping, and you can opt for external panels to help your hot tub fit your decor.