Hot Tub Use and High Blood Pressure

Did you know that a hot tub can actually help with high blood pressure? According to American Heart Association, the heat generated in a hot tub causes blood vessels to open (a process called vasodilation), lowering blood pressure. If you have high blood pressure and aren't experiencing a hypertensive crisis, a hot tub might be the perfect addition to your home. Many doctors suggest limiting soaking time to 15 minutes or less at a water temperature no hotter than 104 degrees. So if you have a hot tub, use it! And if you don't have a hot tub yet, what are you waiting for? Stop by one of our 3 hot tub showrooms or visit our Virtual Hot Tub Showroom online February is American Heart Month! Take a moment for your heart & watch this great video by actress Elizabeth Banks called "Just a Little Heart Attack"

Hot Tub Health Benefits

Stress is all around us. A National Health Interview Survey showed that 75% of the general population experiences at least "some stress" every two weeks. It's a proven fact that stress also affects the immune system, which protects us from many serious diseases. Some estimates show that medical community agrees that 80% of all disease is stress-related. We are overworked & overrun, and we don't allow our bodies the chance to heal before we move on to the next thing. When is the last time you let yourself relax?  Have you ever told yourself "I don't have time to relax?" or "If I relax now X,Y & Z won't get done." I do. All the time! But what if you committed to just 15 minutes a day to allow yourself to be rejuvenated for the stressful tasks ahead? What if in that 15 minutes you could encourage circulation, release healing endorphins, give your joints stress & pain relief and even over time, reduce your blood sugar levels? You know where I"m going with this-- you can do all that! In just 15 minutes a day when you soak in your hot tub, you'll allow your body to heal & relax so that you can have the energy for the next task. Remember that your hot tub isn't just an appliance in your backyard-- it's a very powerful means to a healthier lifestyle! Go ahead- love your hot tub for 15 minutes today! And let us know when you feel better! Read more about the Hot tub Health Benefits including:
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*Before beginning any new health routine, make sure you consult your Doctor, especially if you have a preexisting medical condition!

Simple Hot Tub Exercises

The Health Benefits of hot tubs are numerous, and the the warmth & buoyancy of the hot tub water makes it a very inviting place to exercise! Read about some other reasons why it's good to exercise in a hot tub. And then get to exercising! Here are a few hot tub exercises we like: Warm Ups Do three to five repetitions of each warm up: Side bends: Put hands on hips. Bend from the waist on one side, then come back up. Repeat on the other side. Shoulder shrugs: Raise one or both shoulders up toward the ears. Lower and repeat. Arm circles: Extend arms out at both sides. Rotate arms forward, then in reverse. Torso rotations: Stand with feet shoulder-width apart and toes turned slightly out. Rotate to your left side. Then rotate to your right side. Exercises
Next, try these exercises: Bicycle: Sit on the edge of a hot tub seat and support yourself by a grab bar holding on to the seat. Lift up your legs & rotate them in slow bicylce movements, keeping your stomach taught. Start at a slow pace- try 20 to begin- and add more and more repitions each time you soak Jack-knifes: Again sit on the edge of the hot tub seat & support yourself. Keeping your stomach taught, bend your legs and bring them up to your chest almost making a ball. Next extend your legs opposite side of the tub, arching your back a bit. Make sure you are using your stomach muscles & not your back muscles Start with 2 sets of 25 and increase each time you soak! Side Leg Extensions: Sitting in the same position of the tub and supporting yourself slightly, extend my legs straight out. With a taught stomach, spread both legs out with pointed toes. As you bring your legs back together, flex your feet. The resistance of the water works to strengthen and tone the muscles. Start small, with 2 sets of 25 Remember that you can become overheated in a hot tub, especially when you're exercising, so stay hydrated & don't work out for very long! What exercises have you tried in your hot tub? Share in the comments! Source 1 and Source 2

Exercise in a hot tub?

You bought your hot tub to relax, right? Have you ever considered that your hot tub might also be a great place for a work out!? It is! Here are a few reasons why:
  • The Warmth & buoyancy of hot tub water make it a safe ideal environment for relieving pain & stiffness in your muscles & joints, even pain from arthritis!*
  • When you immerse yourself in warm water, your body temperature rises, increasing circulation in and dilating your blood vessels
  • As compared to running or other traditional exercises, excercising in a hot tub is a very gentle way to work your joints & muscles
  • Water can act as resistance to help build muscle strength.
There are so many Health Benefits of Hot Tubs. We love the relaxing part about hot tubs, but why not consider incorporating your hot tub in your exercise routine?

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*According to the Arthritis Foundation

Hot Tub Benefits: INFOGRAPHIC

We found this really cool Infographic about the benefits of a hot tub and wanted to share it with you all!

It really surprised me to learn that 80% of American suffer from chronic back or knee pain! (If the infographic is too small for you to read, view the graphic in your browser by clicking here)
benefits of a hot tub infographic
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Infographic developed by Swimtown Pool Supplies