There are many ways in which your hot tub is useful to you, that you may not be aware of. Other than relaxation, a hot tub can actually be an asset you can use to improve your wellness in many ways. Here’s how you can make the most of it:
After a long day at work, unwind in your hot tub as a way to relieve the stresses of the day. The warm water relaxes the body, thus providing emotional and physical advantages. This practice rejuvenates you, re-energizes your muscles, and prepares the body for a restful sleep. Spending a few minutes in the tub every day can completely eliminate the need for expensive spa treatments.
What better place to play games and have fun with your friends when they come over to visit? The hot tub can provide an environment conducive to interaction among friends and family. You might find that it is easier to relax and speak freely with others while in the hot tub than in the house. You can also relax, re-connect, and enjoy each other’s company together in the hot tub.
Relieving muscle and joint aches. The concept of hydrotherapy has been in existence for thousands of years. Utilizing the powerful combination of water, heat, and air, hydrotherapy is surprisingly effective in relieving body aches and pains, leaving you feeling refreshed and invigorated. The three basic factors in therapeutic hydrotherapy are as follows:
A mixture of water and air pushed through the jets has a massaging effect on your body and works to relax tense muscles while stimulating the release of endorphins (natural pain killers).
Heated water raises your body’s temperature, thus dilating the blood vessels and improving blood circulation. The warm water (ideally between 102 and 104°F) has the effect of relaxing tightened muscles, which often become tight as a result of injury or strenuous activity.
Your body’s weightlessness in water helps to relieve the pressure on your joints and muscles. In addition, the floating effect feels quite relaxing.
According to the National Arthritis Foundation, arthritis sufferers can benefit from the use of spas/hot tubs. The buoyancy experienced in the water eases the pressure on the muscles and joints and aids in relaxation. However, the water temperature needs to be kept at or below 104 degrees to be effective.
Take advantage of your time in your hot tub to perform a few simple exercises. One simple exercise that improves blood circulation while creating the sense of a fun activity in the water is stretching. Extend your legs and arms slowly and repeatedly. You may also wish to bring a few weights to lift in the water for strength training.
Take a soak in the water before you turn in for the night. You’ll likely experience a deeper, better sleep as a result. Sufferers of insomnia often find that a good soak in the water can reduce stress and set them up for a good sleep.
Various studies have shown other uses of the hot tub related to wellness, including the reduction of blood sugar for diabetics, promotion of cardiovascular health, and aid in weight loss.