Eight Reasons Why You Need a Hot Tub in Your Life
While the words ‘hot tub’ might conjure images of hedonistic fun, they are used more and more nowadays to relieve stress, treat a variety of ailments and facilitate bonding within families and intimate relationships. It’s no wonder that hot tubs have become a hot topic in the wellness world. If you’re on the fence about installing a hot tub in your home, here are some key benefits you can expect, as well as some tips to help you get the most out of your soak.
Ease Tension in Body And Mind
Do you feel wound up after your day at work? If so, you are certainly not alone. If like many others out there, you’re looking for an effective form of stress relief without having to go out to the yoga studio, the gym or the massage therapist, consider a 10 to 20 minute soak in a hot tub. Even if ten minutes is all you have for your soak, taking this time to pamper yourself regularly is going to reduce your stress levels. It won’t be long before you start seeing positive effects in other areas of your life, as you’re more able to manage the day-to-day challenges your busy life throws at you.
Relieve Aches and Pains
If you are one of the millions of people in the world who struggle with chronic aches and pains, a hot tub might be a worthwhile investment. Ever heard of hydrotherapy? Physiotherapists recommend hydrotherapy for relieving muscle tension and chronic muscular pain. But you don’t need a physiotherapist if you have your own hot tub. A soothing half hour or so relaxing in the warm bubbly water is a perfect way to give yourself a break from chronic pain. The jets massage the muscles, and the warm water helps loosen stiffness by dilating your blood vessels, improving blood flow and the delivery of nutrients and oxygen to your tired muscles. And your body is buoyant while submerged in water, so sit back and let the hot tub literally take the weight off your shoulders.
Improve Your Sleep
Falling asleep can be almost impossible if you go to bed feeling stressed and tense. If you’re an insomnia sufferer, the hot tub is quickly going to become your best friend. Take some time in the hot tub to wind down and enjoy the muscle-relaxing effects of those jets, and you’ll be sleeping like a baby in no time.
If you’re a city dweller, noise is a part of life. Your tranquility is likely to be shattered on a daily basis by traffic noise, the din of road works or construction, not to mention the frantic chatter of people out and about. Noise that you do not wish to be subjected to can wreak havoc on your anxiety levels. But even if you live in a noisy city, you can sooth the effects of constant noise by taking a soak in a hot tub and listening to the water. When you switch on the bubbles and your massage-jets begin to ease the physical tension in your body, you’ll notice the sound, a hushed, peaceful, continuous bubbling, almost white noise, which is soothing to the mind. Lie back and listen, and you’ll soon notice that your head is clear after your soothing time in the hot tub.
Whether you plan to enjoy a soak every evening before bed, or just at the weekends with family, investing in a hot tub is a sound way to invest in your health. However, to see the most profound effects on your quality of life, you need to take regular soaks, daily if possible. Regular cleaning and maintenance is crucial if you intend to make your soak a priority for your day. Be prepared to clean your hot tub filter regularly, and have an expert on standby for pump repairs if need be. Making time in your day for your soak may be a challenge at first (who has twenty minutes a day for themselves these days?) but if you manage to carve out a daily soak time and to stick to your intention, you’ll soon start to crave your therapeutic soak on days when you don’t manage to fit it in.
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These days, as stress levels rise, our emotional health is at an all-time low, with more and more people suffering from depression, anxiety and a whole host of other psychological issues. There are countless inter-relating factors that trigger conditions such as depression, many of which are related to life stress, such as work and family strife. Whether you’re having a difficult time at work, or you’re going through a rough patch in your relationship, a regular self-care ritual is a great way to show yourself that you need to be cared for, too. A hot tub provides a great opportunity for creating a ritual that is just for you.
Quality Time With Your Family
It can be difficult to make time for family, especially in a household in which both parents work full time. One of the great benefits of a hot tub is that it provides a focal point for the whole family. What could be better for fostering family bonding than a relaxing activity that can be enjoyed by people of all ages in the comfort of your family home? Likewise, it’s a great way for intimate couples to spend time with each other away from distractions. And the top family-friendly feature of a hot tub? It’s full of water, which makes it not the best place to use a mobile phone (or a T.V, laptop or iPad…) That means that everybody (parents and children) who want to jump in will have to take some much-needed time away from technology. These days being connected to the outside world via all the technology options available to us means we’re less connected to the people who matter. While some technology-free time in the hot tub might not be the most popular event on the family calendar at first, once the lack of distraction starts to pay off in terms of family connection, it might quickly become everyone’s favourite thing to do.
Whether you’re new to exercise or a veteran athlete, the hot tub will offer you plenty of opportunities to perform a range of health-promoting exercises. The shallow water makes the hot tub safe to move and stretch your limbs underwater, and the warmth will ensure that your muscles are supple enough for activity, so you won’t need to ‘warm up’ in the traditional sense. While you’re in there relaxing, why not stretch your hamstrings, limber up those stiff hips, or even practice some water yoga? You’ll soon discover what works for your body.
Whether you’re already a hot tub fanatic or are just starting to look into potentially installing one, you’ll enjoy many benefits of this luxurious addition to your home.
Deborah Hunter Kells
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