Improving Your Quality of Life

Wow, somehow life has become stressful. If you’re like most, you’re living the dream running from work to family events and finding it hard to squeeze anytime in for yourself. How could we have let this happen and more importantly what are you doing to handle all the stresses of life. The last time I was flying on an airplane, I feel like the flight attendant revealed a life secret. No, it wasn’t how to buckle a simple seatbelt but it was almost as basic. The announcement stated, “In the event that the cabin loses pressure, the oxygen masks will drop,” and here’s the learning moment, “place the oxygen mask on yourself before assisting others.” Just like in life if we’re not in a good state, we’re probably not much help to others. If you can honestly say there’s just too much stress in your life and you can’t quite pinpoint what you’re doing to handle it, you may want to consider some changes.

If you are ready to make positive changes to improve your quality of life, you may want to take a step back, analyze what is important and think about what it will take to make it happen. Most people will agree they need to de-stress and unwind after a busy day, they want to spend more quality time with their family, or the aches and pains of their adventures are making it hard to recover. These are all areas that a hot tub can help change and improve your quality of life.

Let’s look at some of the surprising benefits of owning a hot tub. After a long day at work, few things are more relaxing than a soak in a hot tub. Once the stresses of the day have faded, you may find that more than just your nerves have taken a turn for the better. Buoyancy and warm water immersion may contribute to reducing the effects of cardiovascular risk factors. It can stimulate your heart and reduce stress in just 10 minutes. Designate the time to give your mind and your smartphone a rest so you can disconnect from the technology and connect with what’s important. Remember the happier you are and the more relaxed you are, make you more fun to be around. Nobody really likes that grouchy other person. Many will tell you the best time to soak in your hot tub is first thing in the morning with a cup of coffee. The hot tub can relieve muscle and joint pain, or energize you for the day. Practicing self-care is one way a hot tub can make every day better. Some people like this quiet time to themselves; however, soaking in a hot tub can cut out distractions and make you want to connect with the people in your life.

Your hot tub is a comfortable no-stress setting and a great place for conversation. I always remember my teen-aged daughter coming out to the hot tub and climbing in asking with quite a bit of straightforwardness, “what do we want to talk about?” It took me a second to realize that this was our place to catch up and discuss our worlds. It wasn’t anything we set out to do, it just happens. Hot tubs help promote active relaxation that encourages you to be more aware of yourself and open with others. It’s hard for us to slow down and taking time to relax in a hot tub gives us time to pause, time to think and time for others to catch up with us and talk in a relaxing setting. It might even be that time when you and your partner relax together and speak very little, cherishing a moment just to breathe.

Increasing our overall wellness should be a goal for everyone. If you live an active lifestyle you can attest to the benefits of hot tub ownership. The pressure and force of the jet massage can help increase circulation, decrease anxiety and stress and facilitate better range of motion. According to SportsMD, a hot water soak can promote flexibility in muscles, allowing for better stretching. If you try for what I call “Adventure Day” Saturdays, a hot tub is good part of the equation. These are weekends where I choose to start the day by cycling about thirty miles, return for a short time to load up the kayaks to paddle up the river, and then try to squeeze in a third activity like a hike or unfortunately working in the yard. These are great days, but the body starts to balk and my back begins to ache. According to the European Journal of Applied Physiology and, relaxing in a hot tub can take the weight off your joints, promote the release of endorphins and suppress pain messages sent to the brain. Pain science research indicates warm water therapy can help ease painful joints and reduce inflammation in joints.

Having trouble sleeping? A medical study from the New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center found that soaking in your hot tub before bed raises your body’s core temperature. After you emerge, your temperature drops, sending your body a signal that it’s time to sleep.
Improving your quality of life by soaking in a hot tub offers some real benefits and can truly improve wellness. If you have questions about hot tubs and would like to learn more there are many resources available on-line like One of the best ways to learn more is to visit a Snake River Pool & Spa showroom in Twin Falls, Boise, and Meridian. Wellness consultants are trained in the benefits of each hot tub and can get give you answers on the installation process, maintenance, and how to get the most out of your hot tub, and best of all you can take a test soak to get the perfect hot tub for you and improve your quality of life.