Hot tub benefits are one of the main reasons people want to add one to their lives! It just makes your life better, helps you feel more relaxed and less stressed, and honestly, it’s just a lot of fun!

Anyone who’s spent just 10 minutes soaking their cares away in a spa can tell you that there’s more to hot tubs than fun and entertainment — after a long day, a hot tub session can feel downright therapeutic.

But what does science have to say about it?

Turns out, hot tubs have a multitude of benefits. They can:

  • Cause your skin to release endorphins.
  • Help to loosen joints, reduce pain and support aching limbs.
  • Relieve every day or exercise-induced muscle pain.
  • Promote blood flow.
  • Relax tight muscles.
  • Help you get a better night’s sleep.
  • Promote healthier, younger-looking skin.

Let’s take a closer look at some of the proven benefits of hot tubs.

Hot Tub Benefits using a Dr. Wellness Tranquility G-12 6 Person Hot Tub

1. Reduced Stress

That feeling of bliss that washes over you after a few minutes in a hot tub isn’t just your imagination.

As New York-based dermatologist Dr. Bobby Buka told Healthline, “your skin releases endorphins in response to the soothing warm water the same way that endorphins are released when you feel the sun on your skin.

Endorphins are natural brain chemicals that are released in response to certain activities, like exercising, eating, or getting a massage. According to Dr. Melissa Conrad Stoppler, “with high endorphin levels, we feel less pain and fewer negative effects of stress.”

Every time you take a dip in a hot tub, your body will begin automatically releasing endorphins, resulting in a near-instantaneous reduction in stress.

2. Respiratory Benefits

One of the key benefits of immersion therapy, which has several similarities with soaking in a hot tub, is the positive effects of pressure that water exerts on the body. This pressure encourages blood flow, which has positive effects on your breathing as well. By increasing your blood flow, the body is able to deliver higher levels of oxygen throughout the body. 

These same pressures that increase blood flow also affect how blood is distributed throughout the chest cavity. Immersion in water also slightly compresses the chest wall. When combined, these two elements result in positive changes to your breathing, actually making the very act of breathing more effective than it is on land.

3. Bone Health Improvement

It’s no secret that soaking in hot water helps to increase blood flow. But did you know that blood flow is a key component of good bone health?

While we may think of our bones as solid objects, they’re actually full of passageways where blood needs to flow. By increasing blood flow on the whole, you enable your body to deliver vital nutrients to your bones. So the next time you’re thinking of taking a relaxing soak in your hot tub, remember that it’s good for your bones too!

4. Relaxation and Pain Relief

What do arthritis, stiff joints, fibromyalgia, sore muscles and back pain have in common? All five are no match for the soothing effects of a hot tub.

As the Arthritis Foundation explains, warm water therapy loosens the joints, reduces pain and offers 360-degree support for aching limbs. Plus, those benefits don’t disappear once you get out of the hot tub, either — a soak in warm water can improve overall pain levels even after the soak.

Even if you don’t have arthritis, fibromyalgia or any other specific condition, warm water can provide relief from everyday or exercise-induced muscle pain. According to Medical News Today: “Applying heat to an inflamed area will dilate the blood vessels, promote blood flow and help sore and tightened muscles relax.”

The next time you’re feeling sore, stiff or achy, head for the hot tub — chances are, you’ll get the relief you’re looking for.

Good night's sleep after a soak in a hot tub

5. Better Sleep

There’s a reason that some people swear by taking a warm bath before bed. Add the massaging jets and ambient lighting of a hot tub and you have a true recipe for a good night’s sleep.

A study conducted at the Kyushu Institute of Design in Japan found that bathing before bed results in improved sleep sensations. Even subjects who only soaked their feet in hot water enjoyed better sleep than those who didn’t.

The study also found that bathing before bed results in earlier sleep onset, meaning that after a soak in the hot tub, you’ll be able to fall asleep faster and experience a more restful slumber.

6. Present-Mindedness

We bet that you’ve come up with some great ideas in the shower, but you can also come up with some pretty great ideas in a hot tub! A big part of why people think so clearly in the shower (aside from the lack of a phone in their hand) is that hot water and steam increase the blood flow to our most important organ, the brain!

We’re not saying that you should try and write your term paper or quarterly report while soaking in your hot tub. But a regular soak can help clear out some of those mental cobwebs, spark interesting brainstorming sessions and increase your mental clarity.

7. Clearer Skin

Turns out that you don’t have to take a daily run to enjoy the cosmetic benefits of exercise.

According to HowStuffWorks: “… the process of perspiring itself causes your pores to open up as the sweat makes its way through layers of skin to the surface.”

So, the mild perspiration you feel after soaking in a hot tub for a few minutes can make it easier for your skin to release any trapped dirt or oil — just make sure to wash your face afterward to clear away those impurities and avoid irritation. As an added bonus, sweat has also been found to have natural antibiotic properties and thus can help to kill bacteria on the skin’s surface.

The steam from a hot tub can benefit your skin, too: Healthline revealed that steam can boost circulation, promote the production of collagen and elastin and naturally moisturize the face.

Translation: A relaxing soak in the hot tub can result in glowing, firmer, younger-looking skin. Just be aware that any skin submerged in your hot tub’s water may be drier than usual at the end of your soaking session, especially if you use chlorine, so be sure to moisturize afterward.

8. Fuller Hair

Not only does a hot tub make your skin clearer and help you relax your temperament, but it can also even help you maintain a fuller head of hair! As strange as it may sound, by increasing blood flow throughout the body, your scalp and hair follicles benefit too. When blood reaches your scalp more frequently, it can help to stimulate hair growth.

Just remember that if you get your hair wet in the hot tub you should wash and condition it afterward. Chlorine may be necessary for keeping your hot tub clean, but your hair isn’t the biggest fan of it.

9. Burning Calories

So a hot tub can help you grow your hair, improve your skin and even make your bones stronger, but there’s no way it can help you lose weight too, right? Wrong! As wild as it may seem, sitting in a hot tub can help you burn calories. Your body doesn’t pump blood using the power of magic, so it needs to use energy in order to increase blood flow. The energy that your body uses comes from calories. So the very act of sitting in a hot tub leads to more burned calories than sitting on your couch!

Hot tubs are also shown to help reduce stress, which is a leading factor in weight gain. Just keep in mind that you need to make sure you don’t soak for too long or at too high of a temperature. Kept within the safe temperature and time limits, a hot tub really can be a fantastic way to burn some calories without having to hit the gym!

10. Endless Entertainment

Hot tubs are beloved for more than their numerous health benefits — they also offer an endless supply of entertainment and fun, whether you’re enjoying drinks with friends or warming up après-ski.

Try opening up your hot tub to guests during a pool party, inviting friends to take a soak on a cold day, bringing out the TV or projector to enjoy an aquatic movie night or playing games with the family.

Whether you’re looking to relieve pain, reduce stress, improve your skin, get a better night’s sleep or just have fun, a hot tub can do it all.

Take a look at our wide selection of beautiful and therapeutic spas to find the perfect hot tub for you.