Hot tubs aren’t just for those who like to take a luxurious soak; they also offer several health benefits that are especially helpful during one’s golden years. These could include reductions in joint and muscle pain, the promotion of weight loss, better control of diabetic blood sugar levels, and more. It’s important to take care of all these things as you age to ensure your health and comfort. Best of all, it really doesn’t require much effort to sit in a hot tub and let the “magic” happen!
A hot tub has several key qualities that provide these benefits. One is the temperature of the water, which is typically significantly higher than that of a regular tub bath. Another is the amount of buoyancy provided by the depth of the water. Finally, the massaging action of the water jets provides direct relief to sore muscles and joints.
Hot Tubs and Weight Loss
The hot tub benefits for weight loss stem from the increase in body temperature provided by the water. Apparently, sitting in one for an hour will burn as many calories as an hour of moderate activity. Experts do warn that you should be sure to do actual exercise as well, and suggest that the hot tub soak be used after a cardiovascular movement, such as a walk, to relax the muscles and use up even more calories. However, if walking is a chore due to arthritis or injuries, a hot tub soak is a good way to burn up some energy. Of course, you should always be careful to listen to your body and not stay in the hot water longer than is comfortable.
Help for Arthritis
The Arthritis Foundation reports that warm water “works wonders on pain,” thanks to buoyancy providing 360-degree support for joints, and the warmth of the water helping with inflammation, circulation, and swelling. It says that 20-minute soaks provide the maximum benefit. For this purpose, the whirlpool should be set to a temperature that is warm rather than outright hot – between 92 and 100 degrees Fahrenheit.
To maximize hot tub benefits for arthritis, the Foundation adds that you should do gentle stretching while in the water. The warmth will have loosened your joints and stiff muscles, making it easier to do these exercises without pain.
Other Hot Tub Benefits
A variety of studies have found that there are even more hot tub health benefits. In a nutshell, using one simulates some of the effects of exercise. Blood pressure lowers, stress is reduced, and for diabetics, blood sugar tends to be reduced. All of these benefits can improve your quality of life, your longevity, or both.
If you soak in a whirlpool about an hour before bedtime, you also may sleep better. This is because you will begin to cool down once you get out of the hot tub. Your core temperature drops over time, indicating to your body and brain that it is time to rest. Combined with the stress reduction and pain relief provided by soaking, your body is ready for a good night of sleep.
Getting a Hot Tub
There are several varieties of hot tubs available, ranging from small ones for the bathroom all the way to large outdoor units. We work with spas from American Whirlpool because we believe that their above-ground units are the best option. These units provide the depth needed to get a therapeutic amount of buoyancy, are made in a wide range of sizes, are easy to care for compared to other styles, and have water jets that are set up specifically to help relieve pain points.
- Hot tubs help with health problems through a combination of buoyancy, water heat, and massage
- Weight loss, blood pressure reduction, and lowered blood sugar are some of the top hot tub benefits
- Above-ground whirlpools provide plenty of space and are easy to care for
To learn more about our many hot tub options, just contact us here at Aqua Spas and Pools in Gig Harbor or Kitsap, WA. We’ll be glad to help you find the perfect solution to improve your enjoyment of your golden years.