The use of Spas for Athletes, weekend warriors and those who workout/exercise regularly
Owning a hot tub doesn’t just benefit professional Athletes, but also those who workout on a regular basis or just at the weekend. Hot Tubs have numerous benefits to those who exercise regularly, not only do spas aid the repair of sore muscles and injuries, but they can also be used as a preventative medicine as they help blood flow and circulation.
A large number of injuries, including back pain, muscle pulls, soreness and even spasms can be relieved by soaking the area in a spa. As an athlete or someone who regularly exercises, owning your own whirlpool bath or spa pool, we show its benefits in no time at all.
Using your Hot Tub before exercise can aid in the improvement of your performance as it loosens the muscles thus, making exercise easier and reducing the risk of causing an injury.
Hot tubs also assist the body in getting rid of lactic acid built up during exercise and other metabolic wastes. Our muscles consist of thousands of microscopic tears, which during exercise cause lactic acid to build. This is one of the main reason athletes warm down (cool down) at the end of a session. The warm waters of a hot tub dilates the blood vessels and increases the blood flow to damaged and sore tissues, allowing nutrients and oxygen. This carries away the lactic acid and helps speed recovery.
Caution: After a long hard session, especially a run, the body tends to be battling inflammation or swelling and although as tempting as it may be to head straight for the hot tub, a 10 – 15 minute leg soak in a cold water is a better option.
Important note to those who are injured: Please be aware that it is important to always apply ice to an injury first and wait until the swelling has gone before getting into a hot tub, as this will only increase swelling and inflammation further. Once the swelling has gone down, the use of a hot tub can aid in the healing process by bringing much needed nutrients to the area.
Please remember the R.I.C.E rule