Installing a spa (also known as a hot tub or jacuzzi) in your backyard maybe a great way to enter the lifestyles of the rich and famous (without spending too much money); however, did you know that this brief retreat from reality can have numerous health benefits? It is common knowledge that soaking in a spa can reduce feelings of anxiety and stress, but studies have shown that time in the spa can help individuals with specific health conditions. This article will provide information on the associated health benefits of hot tubs and discuss why you should spend more time in your spa.
Individuals suffering from arthritis or arthritic pains will find the soothing heat provided by spas highly beneficial. As the heat of the water helps to raise body temperature and increase the size of blood vessels, the warm water will act as a natural pain relief method. The opening of blood vessels will also contribute to increased blood flow; thus, improving movement in areas affected by arthritis with a particular focus on arthritic joints. Research by The Arthritis Foundation indicated that soaking in a hot tub for ten minutes each morning can loosen joints, increase movement, and reduce stress on the joints resulting in pain relief.
Believe it or not, soaking in a spa can be highly advantageous for individuals with diabetes. A study published by the American Diabetes Association found that soaking in hot water for one half hour each day for three weeks can have a positive effect on diabetic patients. The heat from the water assisted in reducing blood pressure and blood sugar levels; therefore providing positive effects on the patient’s blood sugar readings. In addition, improved sleep patterns and increased overall well-being was noted in the study participants.
3. Heart Disease
Due to its ability to lower blood pressure, soaking in a spa can be beneficial for individuals with or susceptible to heart disease. While the common argument to lower blood pressure is exercise and a well-balanced diet, there are those suffering from heart disease who cannot engage in this routine. The Mayo Clinic agrees that an individual with any cardiac condition can benefit from at least fifteen minutes in the hot tub as it will have the same impact as any workout.
4. Weight Loss
The heat from the hot tub and buoyancy of water typically simulates the same effect as an aerobics workout – think about water aerobics. One benefit of this is that it encourages weight loss with studies showing an average loss of three pounds for thirty minutes per day for one week. The thing is the weight loss aspect can be more beneficial as it will reduce the chance of severe conditions triggered by weight gain; for example, heart disease, diabetes, and obesity. In fact, weight loss can also reduce depression, anxiety and increased levels of stress.
Final Words On The Matter
As can be seen, the hot tub is a useful item to retreat from the stressors of the day; however, it can also have many health benefits. By using the information above you can easily see how important it is to enjoy your hot tub on a regular basis.
For your reference, here is a link to the article written by the Arthritis Foundation, http://www.arthritis.org/living-with-arthritis/pain-management/tips/warm-water-therapy.php.