The Health Benefits of Hot Tubbing in the Winter

Using your hot tub in the cooler months, on into winter, provides you with some of the most relaxing times of the year. There is little better than getting into your spa when it is cold outside. It warms you to the very core! Enjoying your hot tub all year is the way you truly get value out of your investment.

Besides the pure enjoyment of being in the hot tub, there are health benefits to using the tub in the winter. At Custom Backyard Spaces, we know about all the positives to using your spa in every season of the year. Let’s look at four of the top health benefits of using yours during the cold months.

Custom Backyard Spaces | Health Benefits of Using Hot Tub During Winter

Soothes Aching Muscles and Joints

There is a reason why many health clubs and gyms have hot tubs and saunas. After exercising, the warmth of the water and/or air helps to relax the muscles and ease joint pain. Even after a normal day, when you haven’t exerted yourself in a pilates class or on the machines, you may experience muscle soreness and joint stiffness, especially in the winter. Let’s face it...cold makes it easier to pull or strain muscles and joints. We suggest you get in the hot tub for a relaxing, soothing soak.

Offsets Stress 

One of the best times for a dip in the hot tub is after a hard day of work. Soaking for 30 minutes helps you relax and sleep better. We experience stress all year round, but it’s undeniable that the holidays can increase our stress because schedules get busier. With shopping, entertaining, and attending events added to our already busy daily routine, we can easily slip into overload. A dip into the hot tub helps you manage stress levels. The heat of the water activates the hormones that make you feel good, providing you with a sense of calm and well-being.

Supports the Immune System

With the colder months come the cold and flu season. But, the hot water in your spa can actually help you fight against these viruses. The heat can clear your sinuses and relax your chest and lungs. Furthermore, taking regular soaks in the hot tub has been found to elevate white blood cell production. The hot water improves your circulation and accelerates the level of healing white blood cells in your blood. As a result, your chances of getting a virus can be reduced.

Provides Exposure to the Winter Sun

We have all heard the benefits of sunlight for your vitamin D levels. Vitamin D is very important in absorbing calcium, developing strong bones, and maintaining general well-being. Regular sun exposure is the most natural way to get enough vitamin D. To maintain healthy blood levels, you should get 10 to 30 minutes of midday sunlight several times per week. There are still beautiful sunny days in the winter and they are perfect for time in the hot tub. Just don’t forget that sunscreen!