This is one time that “getting into hot water” is good for you.
From simple relaxation and detoxification, to improved sleep, to reduced stress levels, regular hot tub use has proven health benefits. Our bodies intuitively know this, and are grateful whenever we let ourselves soak in a spa’s hot, gurgling water.
Lift off the hot tub cover, set the temperature and jets, adjust the lighting, ease yourself in, and let it all go. You might already be feeling better, just visualizing it!
There’s nothing like the combination of heat, buoyancy and massage to ease muscle soreness and joint stiffness after a long day. But there are other benefits, too.
The US National Sleep Foundation suggests relaxing in a hot tub as a great way to prepare the body for sleep. Leaving enough time to let your body cool down before bed, soaking in a hot tub can help ease the body into a deeper sleep.
Soaking in a hot tub is recognized as a great way to help reduce pain and discomfort from arthritis. It’s a great way to ease discomfort in anywhere in the body, whether in joints, spine, or elsewhere. The whole body will benefit.
Research by a team at Colorado’s McKee Medical Centre found that regular hot tub use led to reduced blood sugar levels in patients with Type 2 diabetes, along with (healthy) weight loss and improved overall sense of well being.
Of course, anyone with a chronic health condition is recommended to consult their physician before they soak. Diabetes sufferers, for example, should be extra cautious gauging water temperatures.
But as a stress-buster, hot tubs can’t be beat. Humans have long relied on the calming effect of hot water baths to reduce stress quickly and safely.
It’s comforting to know that something that feels this good is also good for you.
This time, landing in hot water feels great – and is good for you. And what better way to combine pleasure with increased physical and mental health?