Throughout history, people have been bathing in hot water to relax, and soaking in a hot tub is a great way for us to continue this tradition. However, many people don’t realize that there are genuine health benefits to using hot tubs. Have a look at 6 of the ways that soaking in a hot tub everyday will improve your wellbeing.
1. Better Sleep
Almost 80 million Americans suffer from insomnia and other sleep disorders, but a hot tub can help you achieve better sleep. A recent study found that people who relaxed in a hot tub set at 102 degrees before bedtime experienced deeper, more restful sleep.
2. Ease Back Pain
So many of us visit our physicians to help ease lower back pain without realizing that a hot tub can help. Several studies have found that soaking in a hot tub has both short and long term effects. One study separated participants into two groups – one group treated their pain with only medication, while the other used medication and spa therapy. After three weeks, the spa therapy group had less pain, and more flexibility compared to the medication only group. After six months, the spa therapy group had significant improvement and had reduced the number of medications they needed to use.
3. Ease Arthritis Pain
Hot tubs have been proven to help sufferers of arthritis improve flexibility and protect joints from further damage. Exercising in the hot tub can help improve coordination, build strength, and some arthritis sufferers have said that they feel they can perform daily tasks better after using a hot tub. This is because the hot tub offers heat, massage, and buoyancy so your body is supported, and there is less stress on your joints and muscles.
4. Ease Knee Pain
Hot tubs can significantly help ease knee pain. A recent study examined patients who had knee replacement surgery. This study found that those who used spa therapy had less pain and had a faster recovery time than those who didn’t use spa therapy. This study also found that spa therapy patients improved range of motion at a faster rate and didn’t use the same levels of pain relief medications.
5. Relieves Stress
Stress is a major health concern, and it can impact every aspect of our health. A hot tub can encourage the body to release endorphins, increase the blood flow, and massage sore and tired muscles. It can help ease the tension in the muscles, fewer headaches, and improve fatigue. The buoyancy of the water gives relief for joints, and the feelings of relaxation can improve mood.
6. Play Better Sports
Tennis Magazine published an article which showed that players who enjoyed a hot tub session after play felt positive benefits the following day. These players had less muscle and joint pain as the hot encourages blood flow, and decreases a lactic acid build up.
About the Author
Ann Kaknon has been in the fitness industry for over 10 years including work as a dietician, personal trainer, and athletic trainer. She now spends her time at home with her kids and writing about her fitness experiences on the side. If you want to contact her you can do so on her LinkedIn or blog.