Are Hot Tubs Good For Your Health?

The hot tub is my best friend - Charles Woodson 

We could beat around the bush, but instead, we’ll just follow former Oakland Raiders and Pittsburgh Steelers legend Charles Woodson’s lead and tell you the same thing that he would.

Your hot tub is your best friend, and if you’re looking for a way to subtly improve your health and physical wellbeing without wearing out pair after pair of sneakers or pushing yourself to the point of collapse at the gym, then a hot tub could be the answer to all of your prayers.

Getting healthy doesn’t have to be hard, and you can relax your way to physical happiness. 

While a hot tub won’t transform you into the sort of physical specimen who feels at home taking a stroll on Muscle Beach, it can help you to embrace a healthier version of yourself. 

The warm, relaxing water and the constant stream of bubbles that are part and parcel of any hot tub experience have been proven to ease and reduce physical and mental stress, which can help to lower your blood pressure, and significantly lower the chances that you’ll suffer a stroke or any other stress-related illnesses.

If you’re looking for a way to dispel those nagging aches and pains, then jumping into a hot tub after a hard day at work might be the solution that you’ve been searching for.

The heat and massaging effect that the bubbles have on your muscles can help them to relax and relieve tension, both of which can speed up the healing process and provide the much-needed relief that you’ve been looking for.  

Are Hot Tubs Good For Your Health

And if you’re more relaxed, you’re more likely to get a good night’s sleep, and there are very few things in life that are as beneficial to your mental and physical well-being as sleep is. 

Then there’s the hot tub health secret that nobody ever mentions, the one that’s guaranteed to put a spring back in your step and a smile on anyone’s face.

Soaking in the tub can help to improve your metabolism, and an hour spent in the tub every day can burn almost as many calories as a brisk two-mile walk can.

Even though you shouldn’t look at a hot tub as an alternative to exercise, if you submerge yourself in one after you’ve spent an afternoon hiking, it can help you burn off the extra calories that you couldn’t shift before your walk came to an end. 

You might not emerge from a hot tub with a body like Arnold Schwarzenegger, but you’ll feel relaxed, reinvigorated, and ready to take on the world again.

A hot tub can help you to make the small changes that you desperately need to, and that could end up having a long-term positive impact on your mental and physical health.

The road to wellness isn’t always about sculpting the perfect version of yourself, sometimes it’s about knowing when to take your foot off the gas and learning how to relax. 

Does A Hot Tub Detox You? 

Spending a couple of hours in the warm, bubbling water of a hot tub can be just as beneficial as spending the same amount of time in a sauna.  

The water in almost every modern tub can reach temperatures between one hundred and one hundred and four degrees Celsius, and that’s more than enough to make anyone sweat.

And when you sweat, your body releases all of the toxins that are locked inside, and the more your sweat, the more toxins your body releases.

So the more time you spend in your hot tub, the more time you’ll spend detoxing and the more you detox, the better you’ll feel. It’s an ideal way to relax and sweat your way to health and happiness. 

Do Hot Tubs Help Fibromyalgia?

If you suffer from fibromyalgia, you’ll already know how the chronic pain that it can cause can make you feel constantly miserable and as though there’s a black cloud hanging over your head.  

And you’ll also be painfully aware that the worst thing about fibromyalgia, is that there is no known cure.

The only way to deal with the distress, pain, and anxiety fibromyalgia causes, is by learning to effectively control and negate the symptoms when they do appear. 

Switching a hot tub on and climbing in for a couple of hours when the symptoms do rear their ugly head, can help to ease them and bring them under control.

The massaging bubbles and constant warmth of the water can help to alleviate the stiffness and soreness that fibromyalgia sparks in every muscle and joint and can help to relax you, making it easier to sleep and reduce the persistent fatigue that fills every part of your body.

A hot tub won’t cure your fibromyalgia, but it can make it a lot easier to live with the symptoms and the distress that it causes. 

Why Are Hot Tubs Bad For Diabetics? 

It’s a popular misconception, wrapped in an element of truth, that diabetics can’t enjoy, and should avoid hot tubs at all costs.

As we’ve said, there’s an element of truth to the urban myth, as diabetics can sometimes be more prone to the sort of infections that wouldn’t normally trouble someone who wasn’t insulin-dependent.

If you do suffer from diabetes and spend too long soaking in a tub, small cracks and fissures can open in your skin and any germs that are present and breeding in the warm water can enter your bloodstream and cause all sorts of problems.

However, it’s also been medically proven that a brief, half-hour soak a day in a hot tub can help to reduce the blood sugar levels of diabetics, and again, while it is a cure for the condition it can help to reduce the amount of insulin that anyone dependent in it needs to take in order to live a long, healthy and happy life. 

You may not be able to spend all day soaking in the tub if you suffer from diabetes, but that thirty minutes or so that you can enjoy can change your life.