Hot Tub Health Benefits – Why Soaking In The Tub is Good For You
If you’re like most people, the image of people smiling and relaxing in a hot tub (usually in some beautiful location) brings feelings of relaxation and contentment. There’s no denying that soaking in a hot tub or spa pool will bring a smile to your face in the short term. But the benefits of owning a hot tub go beyond the physical pleasure of relaxing in warm water in the comfort of your own backyard. There are long-term physical and mental benefits associated with hot tub use. Here are just some of the reasons hot tub therapy should be on your top 10 healthy habits list.
A hot bath, or dip in a hot tub, will cause your body temperature to rise. Now, if you’ve read about optimal sleep you’ll know that a cool environment will lower your body temperature, and that this aids sleep. Taking a hot bath might seem counterintuitive then, right? Not quite. This initial rise in body temperature, thanks to the hot water, causes a drop in temperature shortly after. This drop signals to the body it's time for sleep.
Hot tubs can help with insomnia thanks not only to the effects on body temperature but also through the relaxing effects of simply dipping in hot water. It’s easier to sleep when you’re relaxed. Soaking in hot water is a great way to help your body get into a relaxed state. If you don't believe us, give it a try.
A knock-on effect of the improvement in sleep quality is a reduction in stress. Anyone that has had a peaceful 8-9 hours sleep can attest to the fact that deep, rejuvenating sleep lowers stress levels. But there are other ways a hot tub can help reduce stress. The warm water and jets create a pleasant massage experience which works in a similar way to a relaxation massage. Muscles loosen up, headaches go away, and stress levels reduce.
Muscle pain and tension can cause your body to tense up in response. The soothing effect of the hot water and jets can ease muscle pain, thus reducing stress levels. This is a form of hydrotherapy – a treatment for various conditions such as arthritis. Your body releases dopamine, a chemical associated with feelings of pleasure and relaxation when you submerge yourself in warm water. And it doesn’t take long. After a few minutes, you should feel the full effect.
Many people feel more comfortable and relaxed in their own homes than anywhere else. Having a hot tub or spa pool in your own back garden or yard is a perfect way to unwind, switch off, and forget about the busy world outside your door. Imagine having to prepare yourself, get in your car and drive to your local (or not so local) hot pools, pay for the privilege of entering the premises, and possibly wait for your turn? Does that sound a little stressful or even just inconvenient? It could be, and that defeats the purpose of dipping in hot water. This is where having your own hot tub is priceless.
Arthritis is the number one cause of disability in NZ. Around 1 in every 8 New Zealanders will feel the effects of arthritic joints at some stage in their lives. And the condition is becoming more common among all age groups worldwide
According to a study by the British Journal of Rheumatology, hydrotherapy has a prolonged and beneficial effect on osteoarthritis.
Traditional medication for arthritis, which includes prescription drugs can be effective but presents it’s own side effects. In contrast, hot tub therapy is effective for pain relief and has no side effects. It’s a completely safe way to relieve arthritic joint pain.
Improved circulation thanks to the warm water brings oxygen-rich blood to sore and damaged muscles and joints.
Removing toxins from the body is an important part of injury recovery. The lymphatic system interacts with the blood circulatory system to drain fluids (and toxins) from cells. The lymph system assists with injury recovery through waste elimination when circulation is flowing in the body. Hot water therapy can help improve lymph functions in the body.
Soaking in a hot tub is also an effective method for recovering from exercise fatigue, especially cardiovascular exercise. Cyclists and runners could find that relaxing in a hot tub after working out can help speed up recovery time.
Hot Tub Health Risks
As with any body of water, there are health risks associated with hot tubs but as long as you take proper precaution there is nothing to worry about. Small children should not be permitted to go near a hot tub unsupervised. The same goes for people with disabilities or illnesses.
Alpine Tubs Hot Tubs use chemical-free water that’s safe for other uses after use in the tub. For example, you can use the same water on your garden plants and not have to worry about any negative effects.
Clean your hot tub frequently. Change the water and maintain the tub in correct working order. There are fewer risks from personal hot tub usage than public swimming pools.
Some people might consider buying a hot tub to be a large investment. It can be, but when you look at some of the obvious advantages for your health, it should be clear that the cost of a hot tub offsets spending on health therapies, pills, and treatments for disorders such as insomnia, lack of energy, sore muscles, high blood pressure, mobility, and inflammation. Are hot tubs good for your health? We think so.
What’s Too Hot In The Hot Tub?
Setting the temperature of the water in your tub or spa is a matter of common sense. 40 degrees Celsius is the recommended maximum temperature. This happens to be around 3 degrees above normal body temperature. 37/38C is the recommended temperature for most people.