However, you are doing yourself a disservice if you do have access to a tub and you don't regularly soak in a hot one. Aside from helping you relax, it turns out that spending time in a hot tub may provide other benefits, too. The potential benefits of using a hot tub vary from person to person, but here is what you may be missing:
Amazing mental, physical health benefits of soaking in hot tub
You can count yourself lucky if you often get time to regularly fill your tub with warm water and actually sit in it to relax. Some times one can feel that they never have time off for me-time because of the nature of our modern/urban lives that are too busy.
One of the most relaxing benefits of soaking in a hot tub is that it helps you de-stress. Warm water has amazing effects on the body and the massaging action from a hot tub will help relieve all your emotional, physical and mental stress. You can even enhance the sensation by using scented candle and soft music.
Hot tubs have tub jets that has a massaging action on the body. This will not only help you unwind mentally but also help relax your muscles. It can heal body pains and aches. Soaking in a hot tub right before exercising can also reduce risks of getting injured.
According to research, the simple relaxation gained from a soak in the hot tub may be enough to help you drift off into a more peaceful sleep. An older study evaluated passive body heating as a treatment for insomnia in older adults. The study was small and subjective but found that hot baths promoted significantly deeper and more restful sleep. A 2012 study looked at the effects of hydrotherapy on physical function and sleep quality for people with fibromyalgia.
Along with healing muscle pains and aches in the body, soaking in a hot tub can also help with diseases like arthritis. The massaging action of the water and the heat helps ease the inflammation and stiffness that causes pain. Water also makes the body feel lighter and takes 0ff the pressure from the joints. This can improve rang of motion and flexibility too. Similar effects can be felt if you take a simple warm bath in a bath tub.
Better Cardiovascular Health
Relaxing in a hot tub can raise your heart rate and lower your blood pressure. According to a 2016 study, hot water immersion may have "robust" effects on vascular function and blood pressure. The authors of the study suggested that passive heat therapy may help reduce cardiovascular risk and mortality, especially among those with limited ability to exercise. Earlier research found that immersion in a hot tub for 10 minutes may lower blood pressure and is likely safe for most people with treated high blood pressure.
In a small 2016 study, participants soaked in a waist-high hot bath for an hour and burned about the same number of calories as a 30-minute walk. That's not to say that it should take the place of exercise, but it might help metabolism, particularly for those who find it hard to exercise.
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