When most people think of hot tubs, they think of sitting back with their eyes closed while resting and relaxing in bubbling, warm water. Unfortunately, weight loss usually isn’t the first thing that springs to mind when most people envision using a hot tub. However, there may be ways to use your hot tub to help you shed a few pounds. In this article, we’ll go over various hot tub uses and their ability to help you lose weight.
The Hot Water Soak
It stands to reason that immersing your body in hot water will increase your body temperature. And an increase in body temperature should lead to burning more calories. So does that mean by relaxing in your hot tub, you’ll be able to lose weight? There has been researching into this phenomenon, but unfortunately, it appears the amount of calories burned by simply sitting in a warm hot tub is relatively nominal. The fact is that with even the most liberal estimates, sitting in a hot tub for 20 minutes will burn as many calories as walking slowly for a similar amount of time. So yes, by sitting in a hot tub, you’ll be burning calories, but not enough to make much difference on the weight scales.
The Pre Dinner Soak
It’s said that soaking in the hot tub before dinner will decrease your appetite. Accompanied by drinking a large glass of water, a soak in the hot tub 20 minutes before eating can reduce your appetite and make you eat less once you sit down at the dinner table. It sounds reasonable enough. And even if it doesn’t lower your appetite, at least you’ll be well relaxed at supper time!
The Pre Bedtime Soak
By having a relaxing soak in the hot tub before bedtime, you’ll improve your chances of deeper and longer sleep. And being well-rested has been said to decrease the chances of weight gain. Some studies indicate people with poor sleeping habits or who receive less than five hours of sleep a night are more prone to weight gain. So once again, even anecdotally, the idea that a relaxing soak in the hot tub before you go to bed will result in a better sleep sounds quite reasonable!
Hot Tub Exercise
Of course, it’s well known that the scientifically proven way to lose weight is to eat less and exercise more. Earlier, we spoke about using the hot tub to bring down your appetite. Here we’ll talk about using the hot tub as an area to perform the exercise. Although initial thoughts may not consider a hot tub as a place for exercise, the fact is that it can be the perfect place for a workout routine. Not only does the warm water increase your blood circulation and warm up your muscles which lowers your chances of injury, but you also have the perfect relaxing spot once you’re done with your workout! Water’s natural resistance can turn simple movements into excellent workout programs. Actions performed underwater, such as arm circles, clapping your hands, or doing bicycle kicks, all become much more of a workout when compared to the same actions done out of the water. Water’s buoyancy also provides a great medium for low-impact exercise people with joint or bone issues need. Exercises such as running on the spot can be performed much more safely if one is worried about the effects of heavy impact on knee joints or ankles. Water buoyancy can also increase the safety of overweight people with mobility issues.
Tips For Choosing The Right Hot Tub
Indeed, soaking in a hot tub may help you lose weight over time. However, it’s important to know that the success of your weight loss journey may also depend on the hot tub you have in your house. In most cases, a low-quality or uncomfortable hot tub doesn’t make for a better soaking experience, thereby affecting your ability and opportunity to lose weight.
Because of this, choosing the appropriate hot tub is important. To help you purchase a hot tub from a reliable provider, consider some tips below:
- Pick a provider that uses durable materials for the hot tub construction.
- Know whether the product you consider has proper insulation to avoid leaks.
- Check the warranty since it’s an essential indicator of how long a hot tub should last.
- Know how to identify good hot tub parts, such as jets, heaters, controls, and temperature sensors.
- Consider how you’re going to install the hot tub to ensure it’s in the right location. Think about the plumbing and filtration requirements to avoid water-related problems.
- Make sure you’ll get adequate support from the provider of your hot tub. This is especially true for first-time hot tub owners looking to lose weight from exercising in warm water.
Perhaps if you were seeking another reason to purchase a hot tub, how it can help you shed a pound or two might be the encouragement you need to take the plunge and become a hot tub owner. Lastly, by keeping the information mentioned above in mind, you’ll realize how using a hot tub becomes beneficial in your weight loss journey.