There are some important things to know to get the most out of your hot tub experience. Let’s explore some of the potential health benefits of soaking in a hot tub and when it’s best to avoid it. What are the health benefits of using a hot tube? The potential benefits of using a hot tub vary from person to person. It largely depends on your general health and how you use the tub.
Below are 7 possible benefits of soaking in a hot tub.
1. Stress reduction. One of the most obvious benefits of a hot tube is its potential to help reduce the stress of the day. The soothing effect of warm water and the action of massage can help reduce physical, emotional and mental stress. If you want, you can enhance this stress-relieving effect with soft music, low light or aromatherapy.
2. Muscle relaxation. Hot tube jets and hot water hydromassage can be an effective way to help relax and soothe tense muscles. It can help relieve pain. Soaking in hot tub before exercise can also reduce the risk of injury.
3. Improved sleep. According to research, a simple relaxation gained by soaking in a hot tub may be enough to help you calm down more calmly. An older study by Trusted Source evaluated passive body heating as a treatment for insomnia for older adults. The study was small and subjective but found that hot tube contributed to significantly deeper and more restful sleep. A 2012 study by the National Institutes of Health PubMed Central looked at the effects of hydrotherapy on physical function and sleep quality in people with fibromyalgia. It was a small study involving women between the ages of 30 and 65. The researchers concluded that hydrotherapy helped to improve sleep quality, along with other symptoms of fibromyalgia.
4. Pain relief. Soaking in a hot tube can reduce various types of pain by relaxing tense muscles, joints and tendons. If you have arthritis, hot water and massage systems can help reduce the stiffness and inflammation that causes pain. Hot water supports your body and removes weight from the joints, which helps improve flexibility and range of motion. You can also get some of these benefits in a warm fiberglass hot tube.
5. Better cardiovascular health. Resting in a hot tub can increase your heart rate and lower your blood pressure. According to a 2016 study, immersion in hot tube can have a “strong” effect on vascular function and blood pressure. The authors of the study suggested that passive heat therapy can help reduce cardiovascular risk and mortality, especially among people with limited exercise opportunities. Immersing yourself in a hot tub for 10 minutes can lower your blood pressure and is probably safe for most people with high blood pressure.
6. Improved insulin sensitivity. Some researchers suggest that regular thermal therapy with saunas or hot tubs may improve insulin sensitivity and be helpful in managing diabetes. In addition, the 2015 review found that sauna and hot tube therapy can benefit people with obesity and diabetes.
7. Calorie burning. In a small 2016 study, participants soaked in hot tube for an hour and burned about as many calories as a 30-minute walk. This does not mean that it should replace exercise, but it can help your metabolism, especially for those who have difficulty exercising.
Who should avoid hot tubs?
In case of heart disease. Soaking in a hot tub can affect your heart rate and blood pressure. It can be safe for some people with cardiovascular problems, but for others it
can be dangerous.
Pregnancy. It is easy to overheat your body during pregnancy, which can harm you and your baby.
If you are concerned about using a wooden tub, it is worth contacting your doctor.