There have been many life-changing inventions—think the picnic cooler, 5G networks, grilled cheese sandwiches, and streaming services—but they’ll simply never compare to the hot tub. While the other products can keep you connected to relatives and your drinks cold, the hot tub boasts numerous life-changing benefits.
Those lucky enough to own a hot tub can reap all of the amazing benefits of hydrotherapy, right from their backyard. At Idaho Spas, we strongly believe that everyone should get to experience the stress-releasing, serotonin-inducing powers of a hot tub. This is why we work tirelessly to ensure that our customers find the hot tub of their dreams at the best price possible.
To demonstrate just how life-changing owning a hot tub can be, we’ve compiled a list of seven benefits that go hand-in-hand with hot tubs and swim spas.
Health and Lifestyle Benefits of a Hot Tub
1. Eased Aches and Pains
If you spend eight hours a day hunched over a keyboard or completing tasks through manual labor, there’s a good chance you’re experiencing some aches and pains. Life is simply too short to spend it in pain, which is why investing in a hot tub is a seriously superb idea. Not only will you be able to reduce some of your muscle and joint pain by relaxing in the hot tub but you can also experience the other benefits that are included in hydrotherapy.
Hydrotherapy is the use of water to treat a specific condition or disease or to improve overall health. While it’s not often considered part of western medicine, it is very popular in the fields of occupational therapy and physiotherapy. Relaxing in your hot tub or swim spa for 15 to 20 minutes per day is all it takes for you to start feeling better.
Along with providing muscle relaxation, hydrotherapy can also reduce arthritis symptoms and improve your posture, range of motion, circulation, sleep quality, and mental health. By performing certain stretches and exercises in your hot tub or swim spa, you can also improve your muscle tone, endurance, and cardiovascular health.
Hydrotherapy is also very helpful for those who are recovering from bone and joint injuries. It can be used as a form of rehabilitation from the comfort of your own home.
There are few things better than coming home after a long day at work, changing into your swimsuit, and sliding into your hot tub that’s tucked away in your backyard oasis. If you have difficulty relaxing or unwinding, we suggest listening to a podcast or reading from the hot tub. This way you’ll gain the benefits of hydrotherapy without feeling bored.
2. Improved Sleep Patterns
If there’s one thing they never told us about aging, it’s that it feels like your sleep quality is rapidly declining each year after you turn 30. What we wouldn’t give to go back to our teenage years when we were able to sleep solidly throughout the night, all the way to 11 a.m. Thankfully, there are several things you can do to improve your sleep patterns and the quality of sleep that you get every night.
Even a short soak in your hot tub before bed each night can make a huge difference. There have also been studies that suggest relaxing in your hot tub can promote a deeper, more restful sleep. Those who experience insomnia may also benefit greatly from spending time in a hot tub before turning in for the night.
To improve your sleep patterns even further, purchase an essential oil diffuser that can be plugged in near your hot tub. Essential oils like lavender and chamomile can promote sleep and help you relax. In addition to the oils, consider playing meditation music that contains nature and ocean sounds. When relaxing in your hot tub, it’s important to let others know where you are and what you’re doing in case you accidentally drift off to sleep.
Along with relaxing in your hot tub or swim spa, you should also avoid exposure to blue light one to two hours before going to bed. Reducing your daily caffeine intake and increasing your water intake throughout the day will also help you sleep better at night.
3. More Relaxation and Less Stress
Life can be stressful, to say the least. Between juggling a full-time job, social commitments, and maybe even a family, there’s often limited time to unwind. However, finding the time to relax should always be a priority as it’s important to your mental health.
The warm water, jet bubbles, and soothing sounds from a hot tub will have you forgetting about your troubles in no time. Sitting in your hot tub for 15 to 20 minutes each day will reverse the negative side effects from stress and tension. For optimal results, practice meditation, standing stretches, or deep breathing exercises in your hot tub.
4. More Versatile Backyard Space
Most backyards have a patio or deck, garden, and grassy area for activities. Adding a hot tub or swim spa will take your backyard space up a few notches, making your home the go-to for events with your family members and friends. Without a doubt, your friends will be secretly packing their bathing suit each time they visit your home, in hopes that they can sneak in a quick soak with a glass of wine in hand.
A hot tub adds a sense of versatility to any space and your backyard can be designed around it. Consider installing a gazebo or Covana cover over the hot tub if you live somewhere where it often rains or snows. If you live somewhere with dry weather, install some fancy lighting around the hot tub. For those who enjoy hosting guests and entertaining, perhaps build a bar with bar stools steps away from the hot tub.
Spend More Time with Family
Isn’t more family time exactly what everyone really wants?
Children and teenagers tend to have schedules jam-packed with activities and sports but a hot tub acts as a place where the whole family can meet, share stories, and unwind. A hot tub or swim spa provides fun for the entire family, plus, everyone in the family can shed their daily stresses together.
There are also tons of games that can be played with your children in the hot tub. To play Ping Pong Panic, all you’ll need is five ping pong balls. The objective of the game is to let the ping pong balls loose in the hot tub and everyone has to avoid getting hit or touched by one as it gets pushed around by the jets. Once someone gets touched by a ping pong ball, they are considered out of the game.
Families with children can also play Pass the Bottle. For this game, you’ll need a plastic bottle filled with water and then capped. Family members must pass the bottle around from person to person in a circle, without using their hands. You can’t use the same body part to pass the bottle around twice in a row. For example, if someone uses their armpit to pass the bottle, the person receiving the bottle cannot use their armpit and they must come up with another way.
These games will engage all family members, creating memories that you can cherish forever.
Invest in Your Home and Backyard
Since the beginning of the pandemic, many people have been spending more time in their homes and outdoor areas. Investing in your backyard sanctuary will add value to your property and much more enjoyment to your life. Because we’re spending more time at home and less time at restaurants or the mall, a hot tub will be a worthwhile investment. It will transform your backyard space into an oasis and provide you with hours of entertainment.
For some inspiration on how you can incorporate a hot tub into your backyard setup, click here.
Self-care is the regular practice of maintaining and promoting your physical, emotional, and mental health. Without taking the time for self-care, you can become stressed, depressed, anxious, or experience feelings of burnout. Practicing self-care can reduce feelings of stress and anxiety, improve concentration, focus, and memory, and provide you with more energy. Those who care for themselves are much more effective in caring for others.
Spending time relaxing in a hot tub or swim spa is an extremely easy way to perform self-care. When sitting in your hot tub, you can focus on yourself while removing any anxiety or stress that you’re experiencing. The magical jets, comforting warm water, and nature sounds from your backyard will replace any negative feelings with positive ones.
Hot Tub Ownership with Idaho Spas
Our professional and experienced team at Idaho Spas is always here to help. We have a fully-loaded owner resources section on our website, along with a variety of frequently asked questions. We are happy to help you navigate our selection of hot tubs for sale and brainstorm unique ways you can incorporate them within your living space. We’ll work with you and your budget to ensure that this investment is extremely worthwhile and comfortable.