You might not think it, but taking a long dip in a hot tub is in fact quite good for you. We’re all used to the best things in life often being considered bad for us – but not in this case!
There are several health benefits that are associated with spending time soaking in a hot tub, so you’ve got all the reasons you need to go ahead and enjoy it.
As it turns out, weekend hot tub breaks could well be the most refreshing choice when you’re booking your next holiday. You could even get away with calling it a health trip!
So, whether you’re planning a weekend away with the girls or a romantic break with your partner, here are a few of the potential health benefits to make your case for a trip to the hot tub.
Let’s face it, we could all do with some stress relief now and then. A holiday is the perfect time to focus on relaxing and driving the stress of ordinary daily life away. And where better to get that stress relief than in the comfort of a hot tub?
The heat and massaging action of the waters can help to soothe away your stresses as you sit and unwind. If you happen to go somewhere with an outdoor hot tub, the calming effect of nature can add to the relaxing ambience.
As well as stress, some time in the hot tub can also benefit those with anxiety issues. The pressure of the warm water around your body can produce a similar feeling to a weighted blanket, a sensation that is often found to help alleviate anxiety.
It probably goes without saying, but when we’re more relaxed we tend to get better sleep. Who hasn’t spent a night tossing and turning because of everyday worries keeping them awake?
But there’s no need to fear having restless nights on your hot tub holiday, as research suggests that a nice soak in the bubbling waters can improve your sleep. Not only does it help with just getting to sleep, but people have reported getting deeper, higher-quality sleep after spending time in the hot tub.
Eases Aches and Pains
Another benefit of the relaxing nature of the hot tub jets lies in their ability to ease your aches and pains. Just like a good massage, the action of the water quickly gets to work on any of those tight muscles you’re nursing and can leave you feeling positively renewed by the time you get out.
In a way similar to hydrotherapy, the warm waters of the tub help to relieve pressure on your joints thanks to their buoyancy. If you’ve been feeling some back pain recently then this could be just the thing you need to make your getaway even better.
Burn Some Calories
Spending time relaxing in the hot tub hardly seems like exercise, does it? Don’t be fooled, though, as you can actually burn off some extra calories while you soak. And you don’t even have to do anything more than sit back and relax.
So how does sitting in a hot tub burn more calories than just lounging on a deckchair? It’s pretty simple, it’s all about the heat.
As the water is at a higher temperature than your body it will cause your heartrate to speed up as your system tries to keep your body temperature regulated. And a higher heartrate means using up more energy and calories.
Of course, that’s not quite the same as going for a jog or a surf, but in terms of an easy calorie burn it’s an open and shut case.
Really, with potential health benefits like these, there’s no excuse not to include at least one hot tub dip into your holiday plans.
Or, better yet, why not make sure that the accommodation on your next holiday comes with access to your own tub as part of the package?