The health benefits of hot tubs and spas

Women relaxing in a beauty farmSoaking in a hot tub or spa can provide many health benefits, including stress relief, improved sleep and pain relief.

Stress relief

The temperature of the water in hot tubs and spas improves blood circulation and increases body temperature which helps your body and mind relax. Dr. Bruce Becker of Washington State University found that “the autonomic nervous system alters during warm water immersion, producing changes that are parallel to those seen during relaxation.”

Becker’s research also indicated that warm water immersion may have positive effects on memory and performance of cognitive tasks.

In addition, hot tubs are place where you are less likely to have daily distractions such as your iPhone or TV, allowing for true down time.  

Improved sleep

Medical experts recommend soaking in a hot tub or warm bath before bedtime to help the body relax into deep sleep more quickly and easily. The added relaxation and stress relief benefits also help to improve sleep quality.

Physical benefits

When you submerge your body in hotter water, it increases blood flow and causes your blood vessels to dilate. The hot water also heats deep muscle tissues, which helps to relax muscles, relieving tight muscles. Joint pain and soreness is also relieved due to the buoyancy of the water. Since 90 percent of your body weight is supported by the water, your joints are allowed to rest.

Do your research

While hot tubs can offer health benefits, if you are pregnant or have high blood pressure or heart problems, check with your doctor before you go for a soak. In addition, research how the hot tub is sanitized. Many hot tubs use chemicals like chlorine or bromine that can cause skin and lung irritation. If the hot tub isn’t properly sanitized, you can expose yourself to hot tub rash and other unpleasant bacteria.

Today, you can have a chlorine- or bromine-free hot tub using an advanced oxidation system like Clear Comfort’s LifeGuard Technology. This technology sanitizes the water more effectively than chlorine or bromine, enhancing your tub’s health benefits and lowering your impact on the environment by reducing your chemical use in your home.

 

 

 

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Claire McDaniel

Claire is a swimming and nutrition expert who loves to educate and motivate others to healthier living. She swam competitively for 18 years, is a five time All-American, a Division I National Champion, was co-captain of Team USA at the 2007 World University Games and was named a finalist for the NCAA Woman of the Year Award. She also has a master’s degree in nutrition and is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. After swimming, Claire started coaching and has coached all over the US and even in Switzerland! Her experience and expertise about both swimming and health fuel her passion for Clear Comfort’s mission – to make swimming a 100 percent healthy activity for swimmers, coaches, lifeguards and pool staff.


Categories: Health, Home Pools, Hot tubs, Spas, Swimming

One comment on “The health benefits of hot tubs and spas

  • Adam Bockler says:

    I train for triathlons, and do some really hard workouts. I really wish I had a hot tub in my home. The physical benefits you mention about helping to relieve tights muscles and joints would be fantastic for me. I’ll have to start looking into their price points and cost of ownership.

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