Investing in a hot tub means investing in your own physical and mental health, as well as your home life. It can be used to relieve stress and relax your muscles after a long day. A hot tub can also give you a new way to bring your family closer together, or have a good time with your friends. It can also be a good way to make your kids spend more time with the family and leave the electronics for some time.
There are many benefits from having a pool and spa combination. Besides being your personal haven from the pressures of your life and promoting your overall well-being, it can also add to the value of your house, giving it a new luxurious and aesthetic feature. If you are renting or selling a house, this can be the key thing to convince someone to choose your property.
Physical and Mental Health Benefits
People have known about the healing powers of soaking in hot water for millennia. The first two factors that attest to the value of investing in a hot tub are heat and buoyancy. Both of these play an important role in the relaxation property of immersing your body in water. The heat raises your body temperature and the buoyancy reduces your body weight by 90%.
The mere immersion in hot water betters blood circulation. Good blood flow means more nutrients to your cells, helping them regenerate and speed up healing processes. It also means more oxygen to your brain, which helps it to realise its full potential and protect you from mental health issues.
The weightlessness provided by the buoyant force of the water will almost immediately take off the pressure on your joints and muscles. Apart from promoting full-body relaxation, this will act as a strong pain-reliever. So, it’s not a surprise that there’s evidence for soaking tubs ever since the 4th century in Greece, and centuries later in ancient Rome, and Japan.
The hot tubs got the hydrotherapy pumps in the 1940s, which gave them yet another health-promoting and stress-relieving feature. And the best thing about all that is that people can now have these happiness instruments right in their homes!
Another reason to buy a hot tub is to fight off anxiety and depression. We all know how relaxing soaking in hot water is, and along with the massage provided by a hydrotherapy hot tub, this relaxation becomes a full-on luxurious and enjoyable mental health treatment. The pleasure of a massage will make your body release more endorphins and serotonin (the happy hormones), and will also reduce the production of the stress hormone called cortisol.
But the physical and mental health benefits of being able to get in a pool and spa after stressful day, don’t end there. The muscle relaxation, and the improvement of your sleep can reduce the frequency of headaches, as well as other stress-induced aches. Both soaking in hot water and massages are also proven to lower blood pressure and improve heart health.
Physical Appearance Benefits
Apart from its healing powers, hydrotherapy also has beatifying powers. Not only will it better your posture because of the muscle and joints pain relief, but it will also help with slowing down your skin’s aging, and with overall skin health improvement, all of which will positively affect your physical appearance.
By opening the skin pores, the hot water and the steam from the spa pool help your body to get rid of oil and dirt and to detox. The sweating will draw the toxins of your skin to the surface and the water minerals will destroy them. This, in turn, will allow your skincare products to do their job better, since they will be absorbed easier. The blood flow, improved by the hot water and the massage, will make sure that the positive effects to your skin are long-lasting.
Things You Should Know Before Buying a Hot Tub
Investing in a hot tub is worth it, whether you’re planning to do it for its relaxation benefits, for your health, to connect with your partner, your family or your friends, or to add value to your house. But not all hot tubs are with equal quality. Good quality hot tubs are designed to be easy to maintain, and to be cost-efficient. You don’t want something that’s supposed to make your life easier, more comfortable and luxurious to turn out to take a lot of time and effort on cleaning. Additionally, the better the quality of the spa pool, the smaller the ongoing costs. High quality hot tubs will spend less electricity on running the jets and pumps and heating up the water.
How to Maintain a Hot Tub and Keep it Safe
Hot tubs with good quality won’t take up too much of your time. By following the instructions given by the manufacturer you and your family will be able to fully enjoy the benefits of the hot tub for a very long time. The two main things for maintaining it that are common to all hot tubs, are cleaning the filters and the spa itself. Depending on the usage, the filters should be cleaned every 4-8 weeks, and you will need to change them every 1 or 2 years. The water should be drained and refiled every 3-4 months, and every time you drain it, you should clean all the surfaces.
Another important thing is to find out as much as you can about hot tub safety before using it. Find out all the possible physical hazards of the hot tub, and learn about proper care for the water and the possible health hazards. Also, if you have a health condition, you should check with your doctor, since people with some health conditions may have to limit the use of hot tubs, or shouldn’t be using them at all.