More than 35 percent of U.S. adults don’t get enough sleep . Eight in 10 Americans deal with life-impacting stress . As many as 100 million Americans experience chronic pain . For those seeking relief, consider how much hot tubs can do for your overall wellbeing.
According to a survey by Hot Spring Spas , hot tub owners reported the following benefits:
Better sleep (33.3 percent); Improved recovery from exercise (49 percent); and Recuperating from injury (22.4 percent).Here are 8 ways the heat, buoyancy and massage of hot tubs promote better all-around health:
Hot Tubs Soothe Arthritis Pain
Forty-three million Americans suffer from the pain and inflammation of Arthritis. One of the recommended ways to manage arthritis is moderate exercise. The heat of a hot tub and the buoyancy of the body in water allow for freer movement of the joints, according to the Arthritis Foundation.
Hot Tubs Improve Sleep
One fifth of Americans suffer from some form of sleep disorder, but a study in the scientific journal Sleep found that soaking in a hot tub for 15 minutes prior to bedtime can facilitate deeper, more restorative sleep. The heat and gentle massage are thought to relax the body and signal time to rest. Refreshing sleep is vital to human health.
Hot Tubs Reduce Stress
Speaking of relaxation, soaking in a hot tub is the ultimate stress reliever. The therapeutic massage kneads out muscle soreness and the heat stimulates the release of endorphins – the body’s calming hormone. The body’s buoyancy in the water eases pressure off the muscles and joints. Together, these effects add up to physical stress relief. Additionally, lounging in a hot tub allows the mental and emotional stressors to wash away. Customers tell Jennifer Catterson, relaxation wellness specialist at Hanson HotSpring Spas in Colorado Springs, that they suffer fewer stress headaches and migraines since purchasing a hot tub.
Hot Tubs and Heart Health
The heat and massage in a hot tub boost heart rate and circulation. Regular use can even improve heart health without exertion. And because hot tubs loosen up muscles, they allow for more and better exercise outside the spa. That’s a win-win for the heart.
Hot Tubs Warm Up Muscles for Stretching and Exercising
Muscles and joints love hot tubs for a variety of reasons, one of which is that a hot tub helps warm them up before exercise. That’s why professional athletes soak in hot tubs before and after competing.
Hot Tubs Can Help with Weight Loss
A hot tub isn’t diet and exercise, but it can help with weight loss by heating your body and forcing it to expend energy for cooling. If you do eat right and engage in physical activity, soaking in a hot tub adds a nice bonus.
Hot Tubs Promote Skin Health
It’s true! The heat from hot tubs allow blood to deliver nutrients to your largest organ – your skin. It also causes perspiration, which flushes toxins out through the skin, improving its function and appearance. It can also remove excess oil from hair and give it a lustrous shine.
And So Much More!
Hot tubs have been linked to diabetes management, reduction of chronic muscle and joint pain and a host of other ailments. In short, regular use of a hot tub just makes us feel better.
To learn more about the benefits of hot tub use, visit Hanson HotSpring Spas’ showroom at 1835 Dublin Blvd, under the big blue roof, in Colorado Springs or see them online at HansonSpa.com .