A Look at the Many Benefits of Using an Outdoor Hot Tub in Winter
As the summer comes to an end, only one thing comes to mind—cold weather. So what better way to make it through this frigid season than by heating things up outside?
Instead of closing your hot tub for winter, you can make the most of your hot tub in the colder months.
With an outdoor hot tub, you can still venture outside and get fresh air, all while relaxing in warm, soothing water.
Cold weather doesn’t have to be dreaded this winter. And you can reap many benefits to using a hot tub in winter.
Here’s a look at the many reasons why you should take full advantage of your hot tub this winter.
Escaping the Cold
Hot tubs allow you to enjoy the outdoors in winter without freezing and without the need for layers of winter outerwear. You can soak in warm water while enjoying the view of the snow falling and not have to worry about shivering in the cold.
This warmth and relaxation will give you an excuse to venture outside and get some fresh air in the winter, instead of staying cooped up indoors all winter long.
The heat of hot tubs helps to boost your immune system by elevating your body’s core temperature, sweating out toxins, and increasing blood circulation.
It can also help to fight cold symptoms by relieving congestion in your chest, nose, and sinuses, which will help you to breathe better. Just be careful to avoid the hot tub if you have a fever since your core temperature will already be elevated.
Hot Tub Exercise
In winter, it’s much easier to stay in, hibernate, and reduce activity levels since it’s often too cold and slippery to be active outdoors. But with a hot tub in your backyard, you can still get the exercise you need to stay healthy and in shape all winter long.
Hot tub water provides enough resistance to get in an excellent calorie-burning workout from the comfort of your own hot tub. Consider water aerobics and callisthenics in your hot tub for a low-impact workout at any time.
Warm up your muscles and joints with light activity to start, such as light cardiovascular exercises like kicking your feet or treading water.
Other light activities you can include in your water exercise routine include:
- Abdominal holds
- Arm crossovers
- Bicycle kicks
- Flutter kicks
- Leg extensions
- Leg lifts
- Resistance training
- Reverse crunches
- Shoulder rolls
- Torso rotations
- Walking in place
Stressed out about work or the upcoming holidays? Whatever your stresses may be, you can take a moment to clear your mind and relax in the hot tub.
Set some time aside to unwind after work or during the busy holiday season. And use this time in the hot tub to meditate or let your mind wander off while your worries drift away with the rising steam.
Giving yourself a break from life’s stresses and technology while soaking in a hot tub can help boost your mood, improve your mental health and overall health, and help you sleep better at night.
Soothe Sore Muscles
Cold winter weather leads to stiff joints and muscles, as does shovelling snow, winter activities, and working out when your muscles are cold.
But a soak in your hot tub before physical activity will warm up your muscles and make them less prone to injury. And a soak afterwards with the massaging jets turned on (especially after shovelling snow off your hot tub cover) will help relax your muscles and relieve any post-workout aches and pains.
This spa therapy of muscles and joints is also known as hydrotherapy and is used by athletes to help speed up recovery for injuries.
Regular soaks in your hot tub can do wonders for the health of your skin. The heat helps you sweat out toxins, and the steam opens and unclogs pores.
As a result, regular hot tub use can lead to clearer, healthier-looking skin. But don’t forget to moisturize daily, especially after a soak in winter since the dry winter weather tends to dry out the skin.
Quality Time with Loved Ones
Whether you spend romantic evenings in the hot tub with your significant other, you invite friends over for a soak, or you have some family fun with the kids, hot tubs are a great excuse to spend uninterrupted quality time with loved ones.
You can have backyard parties year-round with a hot tub. And without the distraction of phones and screens, you can enjoy meaningful conversations and relaxation with those you cherish most. Also, having a hot tub to soak during the winter holidays makes these moments with loved ones even more enjoyable.
Winter is the best time of year to take advantage of your outdoor hot tub. Your hot tub will keep you warm in frigid weather, improve your health and well-being, and provide opportunities to spend quality time with your favourite people.
Just because summer is over and the cold weather is here to stay doesn’t mean you have to be stuck indoors all season long. Instead, you can relax, unwind, and enjoy the beautiful winter wonderland in your outdoor hot tub.