Hot tubs are something that almost all of us would love to own. They’re highly relaxing and a lot of fun and they will always be sure to impress guests. Justifying such a major purchase however is hard for many of us who don’t see the ‘practical’ necessity of them.
Well I have just the excuse for you – and that’s the small fact that hot tubs are also incredibly good for your health. Feeling stressed? Always under the weather? Then getting yourself a hot tub may just be a prudent decision and something that you should consider to help avoid illness and to even help you lose weight. Here we will look at some of the health benefits of hot tubs and reveal just how beneficial they are.
Psychological Well Being
Lying in a hot tub is a time to completely indulge and to really let yourself unwind. This is actually incredibly good for us psychologically, and especially what with the hectic pace of living that most of us experience these days. By getting a hot tub we are able to completely switch off, silence that inner voice, and have something to really look forward to at the end of each day. And that means that a hot tub may very well be the one thing that stops you from going crazy and murdering your boss…
Hot tubs are also great for weight loss believe it or not – and no you don’t have to tread water. The reason for this is that the heat of the hot tub forces the body to try to cool down an thus increase your heart rate, and this then means that you burn more calories. This is very much the same way that a thermogenic helps you to burn calories – except a lot less extreme and not dangerous.
Your heart is a muscle and just like any muscle it can get stronger over time if we use it enough (which is what happens when we do lots of CV). Going in the hot tub a lot means you are gently increasing your heart rate on a regular basis and as such you can strengthen your heart over time and will enjoy better fitness.
Healing and Muscle Growth
Hot water of any kind has the effect of putting us into an ‘anabolic’ state which is basically a ‘healing’ state. A hot tub, or even just a hot shower for that matter, will help us to produce more growth hormone which in turn causes us to burn more energy while at the same time rebuilding tissue and muscle. This is another reason you lose weight when you spend enough time in a hot tub, and it’s also the reason that it can help you to heal your wounds more quickly and to build muscle. At the same time, the fact that your heart rate has increased means that more nutrients and minerals will make their way around your body which will in turn will mean you have access to all of the nutrients your body needs to repair itself.
Going in a hot tub is very good for your skin as well in the same way that going in a sauna is. When you go in a hot tub you of course get a lot of steam rising up around you and this then means that your pores will open and you will sweat out a lot of toxins. This in turn means your skin will look healthier and exfoliated and it’s a great way to encourage a healthy glow.
Furthermore this steam will also help to break up mucus in your sinuses and is the perfect treatment for a cold or flu or even just hayfever. Oh and this is yet another reason it helps you to lose weight as you sweat out your excess water weight.
Robin is a freelance writer and a home improvement blogger. He writes articles on topics ranging from home improvement to health and lifestyle. He is of the opinion that hot tubs, spas and Saunas are a great way of rejuvenate after a long tiring day.