Ahhh. Sliding into the hot tub just feels great, doesn’t it? After pushing your body to its limits, there’s really something soothing about easing into that warm water and enjoying a hydromassage. Just look at the locker room of any professional sports organization – there’s a reason all those athletes like to take a dip, too.
But, there’s actually a little more to using a hot tub in conjunction with your workouts than you might think, if you really want to get the most benefit.
Before your Workout
You might not think of it, but using your hot tub before your exercise begins can help prep your body for what you’re about to do. The warmth of the water loosens your muscles so they’re relaxed, and it increases your circulation and blood flow. But the heat can make you dehydrated, so you’ll want to make sure you’re drinking plenty of water. Once you’re done, dry off, dress for the gym, and get busy!
After your Workout
No matter how tempting it might be to head straight to the hot tub after the gym, it’s actually not a great idea. Right after you finish exercising you’re dehydrated and your muscles are inflamed; the warm environment of your spa will only dehydrate you more and delay the recovery of your muscles. The solution? Wait 24-48 hours after your workout. Your muscles will have the time they need to recover, and then when you enjoy your spa the increase in circulation caused by the hot water will help repair them.
Now that you know the trick to safely and effectively using your hot tub to help your workouts along, give it a try! You can enjoy these benefits whether you have a traditional hot tub like those from American Whirlpool, or a portable spa like a Softub. And if you don’t have either? Come see us today!