There’s almost no better feeling than coming home to a relaxing soak in your backyard hot tub.  The cares of the day slip away as you let the hot water envelop your body.  Safe and secure in your own yard, you can finally let go of the baggage you’ve carried through the day. But did you know that the benefits of a hot tub go far beyond simple relaxation?

Surprising Hot Tub Health Benefits

For thousands of years, people have harnessed the power of hot springs for their benefit. In modern time, hot tubs were introduced to make those same ancient practices accessible to anyone. While most people don’t need convincing to relax in a hot tub, here are 5 ways hot tubs can improve your health:

1) Reduces Stress

Stress has long been known as a silent killer. Prolonged exposure to stress can cause headaches, high blood pressure, heart problems, diabetes, skin conditions, asthma, arthritis, and depression. Just a few minutes a day in a hot tub can dramatically decrease stress and ease tension.

2) Helps You Sleep

Soaking in a hot tub prior to bedtime has been shown to help people fall asleep faster, and stay asleep longer. While in the hot tub your body temperature rises, followed by a dramatic decrease when you get out.  This shift produces a rush of endorphins, followed by drowsiness.

3) Lowers Blood Pressure

As the temperature rises in your hot tub, your heart pumps faster, which causes blood vessels to dilate. This in turn increases circulation and blood flow.  Used in tandem with a sensible diet and low-impact exercise (such as a short workout in a swim spa ), you’ll see lasting improvements in blood pressure and overall health.

4) Clears Skin

The heat from a hot tub causes increased perspiration, which in turn can help to rid your skin of toxins. Skin tone is improved and blemishes are quickly dried out.

5) Eases Pain

A combination of warmth and buoyancy makes your spa the perfect place to relieve paint. Because you are nearly weightless in the water, there is minimal stress on joints and muscles. This is especially helpful for lower back pain, arthritis, and muscle soreness.  

Self-Care Basics

In this busy and digitally-driven age, free time has started to shrink in importance. As the pressure to be productive and connected at all times increases, it’s more important than ever to practice self-care. Just 20 minutes a day in a hot tub with no cell phones and no shop talk allowed can greatly improve your mood and your health.

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