Hot Tub Health Benefits

Why a Hot Tub Might Be as Good for Your Health as Exercise

Spending some time in a hot tub is highly pleasant experience and something that we all can enjoy.  If you have a hot tub in your home then this is a very fortunate luxury and you are likely to be the envy of the neighborhood.

Though a hot tub is a relaxing and pleasant way to start or end your day, there are many other benefits researchers are finding as side benefits. Many reports are out there, but let us share some key points from one of the most recent research opinions out there from a British researcher, Steve Faulkner, who recently published an article titled: “Why Taking a Hot Bath Might Be as Good for Your Health as Exercise”.

Mental Health                                                           

Getting to come home and relax in a hot tub every day is a great way to take some time out for some ‘ you’ time.  This way you can get away from the daily stresses of work, family matters which can help you to reduce the number of stress hormones and give yourself time to physically and mentally recover from the day.  Our psychological and physical health is closely tied together. Faulkner wrote that hot water immersion has proven significant neurological benefits including the ability to fight depression and reduce the effects of PTSD (aqmag.co/brainbenefits17)!

 

Circulation   

The heat from a hot tub can help to increase your heart rate and circulation.  If you use this regularly enough you will find it can also strengthen your heart through the increased exertion. But for those less athletic, chronic inflammation is associated with a reduced ability to fight off diseases. Faulkner says research shows the increased circulation from hot water immersion reduces chronic inflammation associated with arthritis, Type 2 diabetes and fibromyalgia!

 

Weight Loss

Heat helps to increase our body’s energy expenditure as our body attempts to keep us cool and this can help us to increase weight loss.  Don’t be fooled into thinking that relaxing in a hot tub is going to be anywhere near like working out but you will burn a few extra calories which is a nice bonus when you’re really just relaxing and not doing anything. In Faulkner’s study, 14 men were assigned either a hour-long soak in a hot bath (@104 deg F) or an hour of cycling; both designed to raise the core body temperature over time. Calories and blood sugar were measured for 24 hours afterwards. RESULTS: Soaking burned the same 140 calories that a half hour walk provided. Blood sugar response was similar in both cases, but peak blood sugar after eating was about 10% lower for those who were in hot water immersion!

Muscle Health

The warmth from the hot tub combined with the massage that you get from the hydrotherapy jets can help to relax the muscles in much the same way that a massage can to a degree.  This is a great way to relax after a workout to improve muscle recovery and at the same time it will generally help you avoid pulled muscles and other injuries.

 

 

Skin and Hair

The heat from a hot tub causes us to perspire and this in turn can be enough to help us to rid our skin of toxins and thereby improve our skin tone and appearance.  Also, the increased reduction of oils can help us to improve the glossiness our hair.

 

As always you should contact your physician when making any health related purchase.

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