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Who Needs a Hot Tub and Why? The Benefits of Hot Tub Ownership

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People have different reasons for wanting a hot tub. Some look forward to physical health benefits, others are more interested in improving quality family time, and then there are those just seeking relaxation and escape from life stressors. So how can these basic benefits serve distinct people with different lifestyles, different needs, and different expectations?

 

Regardless of your age or lifestyle, hot tubs can actually improve life in many ways. For athletes, soaking in a hot tub after a workout can support fitness goals by helping to reduce swelling and loosen stiff joints. Older couples may find the effects of hydrotherapy comforting to relieve pain associated with arthritis and improve flexibility. And this is only the beginning.

 

Check out what other hot tub owners are saying about how spending time in a hot tub serves as a solution to individual life issues and ultimately boosts their overall well being.

 

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Fitness Enthusiasts & Athletes Empty Nesters & Retirees
Busy Parents & Families High-Octane Professionals

 

 

 

Fitness Enthusiasts & Athletes

Relaxing your muscles and joints is an integral part of an active and healthy lifestyle; skipping this step opens the door to injuries that can prevent you from engaging in any activity at all. Whether you run marathons, practice yoga, weight lift, ski, or swim laps, hydrotherapy will relieve your discomfort after a hard workout.

 

Studies published in peer-reviewed medical science journals have consistently identified that hot water immersion and hydromassage improve health outcomes, especially when it comes to sore muscle relief. Experts state that one of the best ways people can find sore muscle relief is through hot and cold therapy. This practice uses both warm and cold applications to an injured or strained muscle group to help alleviate and soothe muscle pain and tension without medication.

 

According to Gatorade Sports Science Institute, recent research has even shown “that hydrotherapy, compression, and massage can enhance acute performance when utilised appropriately.” The article goes on to talk about how hydrotherapy, post-exercise, helps aid in muscle recovery due to the positive effects of water immersion, i.e., increased circulation and reduced inflammation.

 

In fact, one report demonstrated that hot water immersion offers “an increase in blood flow, HR (heart rate), and cardiac output, and a decrease in peripheral resistance. Benefits such as decreased muscle spasm, stiffness, and increased range of motion have also been reported following the application of heat.” In another study, findings showed, “circulation to deep muscle structures is also increased significantly in water immersion, improving oxygen flow to tissues and potentially facilitating healing of muscle, bone, and joint injuries.”

 

What Hot Tub Owners Are Saying

 

“As a biker here in Michigan, I really need and enjoy the benefits of your product. Nothing takes away the aches and pains of a 100-mile ride better than my spa!”
– Rex L.

 

“Your back gets so beat up during a long winter…There’s nothing better than knowing I’m coming home knowing that now is my therapy time. I can heal my body, I can get back into my normal sleeping patterns…and my back is relaxed.”
– Justin L.

 

“I have [my favorite jets] in the deepest seat and absolutely love how it beats my back into submission. Thank you.”
– Kevin S.

 

“Nothing better than a hot tub after a day on the slopes. Love each of the [massages] we chose.”
– Brent J.

 

“We love the different size options and massage features. Having a professional sales dealer help us find the perfect fit really made all the difference. The spa is the perfect size for me, as I am a petite person and the jetpack recommendations for the model right for us were perfect for all my aches and pains, especially after a day at the gym. Best purchase decision we ever made.”
– Marcos G.

 

 

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Empty Nesters & Retirees

They don’t call it the Golden Years for nothing. So why do only three in ten adults age 75 and older consider their lives today to be better than they were 10 years ago? If you’re looking to feel young again, hot tubs are an excellent place to start.

 

Hydrotherapy can be a great resource for easing the aches of chronic back pain and arthritis. A study by Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases (ARD) found that “hydrotherapy is often recommended to patients with arthritis as water provides a range of benefits, including the reduction of edema, pain relief, and reduced loading on damaged arthritic joints.”

 

It can also relieve the symptoms of a variety of other ailments including high blood pressure, diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, fibromyalgia, gastrointestinal distress, and a lowered immunity. By soaking in warm water, the heat helps reduce the force of gravity which can place additional stress on joints, decrease swelling, and increase blood circulation.

 

A spa’s rehabilitation and physical therapy uses for older adults are endless. While doing strength and cardio exercises in the aquatic environment, mobility and muscle mass increase while providing less chance for injury. For those who suffer from joint and muscle pain, there are some easy, yet effective, aquatic exercises you can start doing in the comfort of your own backyard.

 

An added bonus? Your grandkids will love coming over to grandma and grandpa’s house!

 

What Hot Tub Owners Are Saying

 

“I have back and leg pain that doctors want to perform surgery. But I choose water therapy. Get in everyday 10 to 15 minutes everyday at age of 60 I outwork my younger coworkers.”
– David S.

 

“We are in our late 60’s and we wanted to spoil ourselves in our senior years. Our Spa does just that. The jet therapy does wonders for our aching old bodies. We use it almost every day.”
– Joel H.

 

“The different jet[s] allow me to soak where I need to based on my back pain at the time. The lights and waterfall feature are very relaxing.”
– Dave B.

 

“We love our [hot tub]. It is such a beautiful spa and we love the different jet[s]. We use our spa just about every day and do not go 2 days in a row without using it. We have the larger spa that seats 6-8 people, is very spacious, and has a great sound system. We have a large family, many kids and grandkids, and they love to use our spa.”
– Albert B.

 

“We love vacations wherever there is sand, warm weather, and a beach. But when we aren’t vacationing away from home, we have our Spa and it is like taking a vacation at home. I just close my eyes and my [hot tub] takes me away in my mind to some exotic location. Wow! It is like magic and it is right there in my own backyard!”
– William T.

 

“Love Love LOVE this spa. Have had it a year now and absolutely no problems. Very easy to maintain and keep all water parameters within normal limits!”
– Catherine H.

 

 

 

 

Busy Parents & Families

In today’s world of technology, school, work, and activities, finding quality time together as a family can be more than a little hard. One UK study found that families are on average spending little over half an hour quality time together during the week. And even when families do get together, seven in ten parents say that time is spent in silence watching TV, on a mobile device, or simply too tired to talk.

 

Studies have shown that families who spend time together have children who are happier, healthier, and perform better in school. Quality family time also fosters positive emotional health in children, which in turn correlates to less likelihood of risky behavior (and poor choices) such as drug and alcohol use.

 

For families who are are looking for ways to unplug and reconnect with each other, a hot tub is a wonderful option everyone is sure to approve of. For kids, there is nothing more fun than playing around in the water. And for teenagers, hot tubs take away the distraction of social media and technology. Make it a family night with games, laughter, and great conversation. Or just relish in some couples time without the kids.

 

Need some family-friendly game ideas? Check some of these out addicting hot tub games everyone is sure to enjoy.

 

If you’re worried about the maintenance and expense of a spa, don’t be. Hot tub maintenance is simple when you keep up on it and leading spa brands aim for optimal energy efficiency to compete. The key is to look for quality hot tub design and materials that create less friction and prevent excess heat from escaping.

 

What Hot Tub Owners Are Saying

 

“The best way to ‘turn off’ our kids’ devices! It’s given our family the opportunity to come together and communicate since we can’t use our electronic devices in or near the water.”
Rob

 

“Everything we wanted it to be and more! We’re in love with our new Spa! It’s one of the best investments we’ve made in our health and well-being. So relaxing, so soothing, so efficient and economical. I almost can’t believe how little power it consumes, even operating around the clock.”
– The Lemanskis

 

“Easy to maintain and has worked great for us. The kids have loved it and it has been great for relaxation therapy for sore, achy bodies. Very happy with our purchase.”
– Jaden M.

 

“We have been loving our new spa!…We have been spending almost every evening we are home relaxing in it. I love the jet[s] and how they are different. I was a little nervous to have a spa just because of the maintenance but the chemical packs that came with the spa are so simple to use. We absolutely love it!”
– April O.

 

“We have really enjoyed this hot tub and it has been great to sit in there with our kids and have conversations without cell phones involved. We have been able to use it year round.”
– Mike N.

 

“We have used our spa nearly every day since buying it. It is the perfect way to unwind at the end of the day! We have watched sunsets and fireworks from the spa. We also put a fire pit nearby, so it is the place everyone wants to go and relax.”
– Darlene C.

 

 

 
 

High-Octane Professionals

Hot Tubs and Your HealthYou’ve come home after a long day at the office and all you can think about is putting up your feet and unwinding from the craziness of the day. Perhaps, you’re planning on taking some quality alone time after the work day by soaking in your hot tub. After all, you know balancing your professional aspirations with your fitness goals (along with a healthy dose of fun) is key to being your best self.

 

When you can’t afford to be off your game, managing your stress is key to increasing productivity. Lounging in your very own heated spa is one of the most efficient ways to relax. After a whirlwind of a day, taking the time to decompress and reconnect with yourself, your significant other, or good friends is important to your overall wellness.  

 

Over time, elevated and rapidly shifting levels of blood pressure caused by stress can lead to damaged arteries, plaque formation, and suppressed immunity. In an article by psychologist Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D., she states how “Self-inflicted attention deficit disorder, exhaustion, lack of focus, reduced health, and burnout” result from being hounded by external pressures and information overload.

 

Those are opposite results from what you are trying to achieve. Warm water immersion, on other other hand, has been shown to decrease systolic and diastolic blood pressure by 11%. This same research found that those who soaked in a hot tub for 10 minutes had “increased feelings of well-being and decreased state anxiety.”

 

One other thing you can do to avoid burnout and relax is through the simple practice of meditation. There are various meditation techniques out there you can explore, but why not learn how to meditate in the comfort of your hot tub?

 

Again, the added expense of running and maintaining a hot tub may be a concern. However, at the end of the day, your costs of owning and operating a hot tub come in less than what you may be paying each month for the chiropractor, masseuse, or club membership.

 

What Hot Tub Owners Are Saying

 

“The spa has changed my life literally. I sleep better. I feel better. It is a stress reducer and the muscle tightness I feel in my neck and back is substantially reduced. I can’t believe I lived this long without it.
– Jean E.

 

“I have used hot tubs for years. They are, in my view, the best source of shedding daily stress and giving a person the means for immediate relaxation without any additional substances. This particular one has been really efficient and trouble free. Easy maintenance and a treasure.”
– Ralph R.

 

“My new spa is just like a little bit of Heaven on earth! It’s just like having my own private massage every day! Fabulous!”
– Irene B.

 

“I replaced another spa with this one, best decision I’ve made…It is well insulated and very quiet, I look forward to relaxing in it everyday.”
– David W.

 

“7 months in we are are just as happy as day 1! This is the rockstar spa we always wanted! After a tough day of work, this is a godsend!”
– Bob S.

 

“Spawesome! Love, love, love. Best investment ever!”
– Steve D.

 

“I have owned my [hot tub] for a month now, using it 1 hour per day, with a temp of 102 and water cycles 4 hours a day. I was surprised to get my electric bill…only an $18 increase!”
– Scott R.

 

“The stereo, the lighted drink holders, the platinum color, everything about it so far is fabulous.”
– Jeff T.

 

“I am a ‘research’ buyer and only make a choice after I have as many of the facts as possible. Construction and design are the key criteria. If you’ve ever paid for maintenance, you know how important this is. [My new spa has] impressed me.”
– Chris D.

 
 

 

Owning a hot tub is a big decision and one you want to make sure fits your lifestyle and supports your goals. Whether you’re looking to reconnect with your spouse and children, relax after a long day in the office, or want a place where you find relief from joint and muscle pain, we have a perfect hot tub for you—no matter who you are or the lifestyle you live.

 
 

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Carri Hamilton

AUTHOR - Carri Hamilton

Carri Hamilton is the Editor-in-Chief for Bullfrog Spas. With an English degree and master’s degrees in both business and health administration, she has worked in small business planning and editorial management for over 15 years. Carri travels extensively with her family and enjoys producing travel-related articles for various online and print publications in her free time.

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