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  1. Should I Exercise Before or After a Hot Tub Soak?

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    There are many advantages of a hot tub for the physically active person. If you enjoy exercising frequently, or participate in a sport such as cross country or tennis, you can find the hot tub to be a beneficial tool to making your workout the best possible. However, many ask us if it’s better to use the hot tub before or after their workout. This is not a simple answer, both provide great benefit if performed at the proper times.

    How a Hot Tub Can Help Your Workout Routine?

    How exactly does a hot tub help your body? When you soak yourself in a hot tub, the temperature of the water rises the temperature of your skin and muscles which then causes our blood vessels to dilate. This increases the blood flow to your skin and muscles. Along with the massaging power of the jets, your skin and muscles are able to relax and loosen. For the physically active this can provide essential benefits, however, only if you use the hot tub properly.

    Using a Hot Tub Before Your Workout

    Using the hot tub before you exercise is a great idea. You don’t need to spend too much time inside the tub, but even a quick ten minute soak can provide great benefit to your exercise routine. The hot tub will help warm up your body, especially on cold day, and increase the blood flow to your legs. You’ll start sweating, which is beneficial for maximum calorie burn. We do recommend to stay hydrated while in the tub though as to not lose too much essential water in your body once you move on to working out.

    Using a Hot Tub Immediately After You Exercise

    Here’s where it is ill-advised to use a hot tub. Immediately after your workout, your body temperature is already risen, your muscles are inflamed, and you’ve probably sweat out a good amount of hydration. Jumping in the hot tub would only exasperate these issues. Rather, what you need to do is cool down and drink water. Applying cold water, as in a shower, or ice will help limit the blood flow to inflamed muscles and allow them to relax. This will help your body feel better.

    Using the Hot Tub 24 to 48 Hours After a Workout

    The best time to receive the most benefit from your hot tub after a workout is 24 to 48 hours later. By this time, your inflamed muscles have calmed down. Soaking in a hot tub will stimulate the damaged muscles and increase blood flow to repair any issues. By damaged muscles, we don’t mean injury. Every time you exercise, muscle fibers are broken down and torn apart, then, rebuild themselves to a stronger state. This is how you build muscle. By increasing your blood flow, you are helping your muscles receive the oxygen and essential components to rebuild at a faster rate. Of course, if you are injured, the hot tub works in the same way. First, you should ice the injured area, then when swelling is reduced, soak in the hot tub and increase blood flow.

    So remember, before you exercise a quick soak is beneficial. You should avoid soaking immediately after a workout, but once swelling has been reduced with the help of cold/ice, you can use your hot tub to increase blood flow and help rebuild your muscles.

    If you have any more questions about exercising and your hot tub, contact us today, we’d be happy to help.

  2. Will a Hot Tub Help a Muscle Sprain?

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    One of the more common questions asked after a muscle strain or sprain is, “should I ice it or add heat?”

    If you have a muscle sprain, and not just muscle soreness, the rule of thumb is to ice it for 3-4 days and then add heat.

    If, on the other hand, you have muscle soreness and not an injury, a hot tub will help you recover by loosening the sore muscles and increasing circulation.

    How to tell if you have a sprain or strain

    Although used interchangeably, a sprain and a strain are not exactly the same.

    Simply put, a sprain is a tear in a ligament and a strain is a tear or stretch effecting the muscle itself – and both can be extremely painful.

    Whether you have a sprain or a strain, the symptoms are similar and the at-home treatments are the same.

    According to WebMD, the symptoms of a sprain or strain can include:

    1. Pain at rest
    2. Pain when specific muscle group is touched
    3. Muscle weakness
    4. Swelling, bruising and/or discoloration
    5. Inability to use the muscle at all

    There are different levels of severity, and most of the time these injuries can be treated at home.

    If you don’t have a sprain or strain and you are experiencing muscle soreness caused by strenuous activity; you can go ahead and jump right in the hot tub to loosen up those sore muscles.

    Treat the injury with RICE therapy

    Do not go in the hot tub after the injury. The key to treating this muscle condition is to apply cold immediately to reduce the swelling. The hot tub will come later in the healing process.

    The best remedy for a sprain or strain is to treat it with RICE therapy. RICE stands for:

    Rest: For the next 24-48 hours, don’t put any weight on the injured area.

    Ice: Cold, not heat, is first method of treatment. For the next 3-4 days, you will need to ice the area. Don’t apply ice directly to the skin. Ice will ease the swelling and slow inflammation so you can get back to the fun part – getting back in your hot tub.

    Compression: WIth a bandage or compression sleeve, wrap the injured area to decrease swelling.

    Elevation: Place the injured area above the level of your heart to keep fluid from collecting around the injury.

    How a hot tub can help you recover

    Although heat is a bad idea right after a sprain or strain, it is highly beneficial for the healing process after the swelling and inflammation has subsided.

    A hot tub is also relaxing and fun; something you will need after 4 painful days spent in the house using up all the ice cubes in your freezer.

    The healing benefits of hot tubs include:

    • Assisting in the recovery and rehabilitation of an injured muscle.
    • Relieving pain and soreness after strenuous activity.
    • Providing healing through the power of warm water therapy.
    • Massaging sore muscles with powerful therapeutic jets.

    While you are in the hot tub treating your injury, gently extend and stretch the muscle in the warm water. Let the massaging jets act like your personal masseuse; massaging your injured muscles back to top shape.

    A hot tub is a known way to prevent muscle strains and sprains so you don’t get hurt in the future.

    When you exercise in a hot tub such as the Swim Spa or the Olympian, you are working muscles that are already loose and flexible from the warm water. When you workout with muscles that are already warm; you decrease your chances of injury. After the workout, the massaging jets help your muscles to recover. It’s the perfect formula for injury free exercise.

    This is especially important for people with pre-existing injuries, arthritis, and chronic back pain.

    If pain persists, consult with your Doctor

    At ThermoSpas, we’re in the hot tub business, not the medical business; so we encourage you to always follow the advice of a trained professional.

  3. Owning a Hot Tub Offers a Source of Relaxation Day and Night

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    With a hot tub in your home, you have a source of relaxation with you every day. You can unwind after a long day at work, have a special “couples night”, or spend quality time as a family.  Not only is the hot tub great for relaxation with family and friends, it also provides spectacular results if your body is experiencing aches and pains.


  4. Cool down

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    It is as important to cool down after exercising as it is to work out! Do your stretching in the warm waters of your Spa Trainer, and then have a seat and unwind as the “spa” part of your hot tub goes to work on tired muscles and tendons. There is nothing better than a relaxing massage after an invigorating workout (more…)