There are certainly a lot of benefits you can get while enjoying your time in a hot tub. Wouldn’t it be awesome if that includes losing weight? In the rest of this article, we will uncover the truth about hot tub benefits for weight loss.
What Makes You Lose Weight
Losing weight is all about removing body fats. Exercise burns them away, while some foods help to melt them. You can even go for the quicker yet unnatural means of having those fats sucked out. Whatever the case, losing weight means getting rid of those fats.
Exercise, or any type of physical activities, is the best way to lose weight. There are hundreds of different types of exercise routine available and each one of them are effective to some degree.
However, there’s no denying that regular workouts can be tiring and discouraging especially when you’re not quite used to it. Fortunately, there are other ways to lose those fats without exerting too much physical effort.
Sauna is one popular way of doing this. When you sit inside a sauna, you are literally burning those fats away. Without actually exerting any physical effort, the heat causes your heart to pump faster. You literally sweat your fats away. You can do this from a sauna place or have your own portable sauna at home.
To some of us, though, sauna is boring compared to a hot tub. A hot tub gives light to deep tissue massages while feeling luxurious at the same time. You can even enjoy soaking in a hot tub with your family. That is why it is only natural to compare the benefits of a hot tub with a sauna.
How Many Calories Do You Burn In A Hot Tub
When you sit in a hot tub, you burn calories but not as many as when you do your exercise routine. It is a lot less than when you lock yourself inside a sauna, but not as nauseating too.
If you weigh around 150 pounds, you would normally be able to burn about 17 calories sitting in a hot tub for 15 minutes. That is around .005 pounds of fat! This means you will need 125 days of doing a 15-minute session in the morning and evening to lose 1 pound of fat.
Soaking in a hot tub can help you lose weight but in an indirect way. Its direct effects are focused on how you can achieve your weight loss goals instead, which we will be further expanding in the next section.
Hot Tubs And Weight Loss Goals
When setting your weight loss goals, Mayo Clinic advises focusing on your process goals along with your outcome goal. Process goals set the how’s in achieving your desired weight. It may be the total number of crunches you want to achieve or the total distance you would like to cover daily. It can also be the amount of calorie-intake you would like to maintain every meal.
Whatever the specifics of your process goals may be, you will need to have the focus and determination to follow through. This is where soaking in a hot tub can help immensely.
Soaking in a hot tub detoxifies both your body and mind. It removes the toxins released from your skin. The warm water opens up your pores, allowing your body toxins to be discharged.
At the same time, soaking in warm water and getting some light massage at the same time encourages the release of dopamine in your brain. Dopamine is your natural “happy nerves”. This relaxes the mind and can literally melt away worries and stress.
With your mind relaxed, you are more likely to focus on being consistent with achieving your goals. You are not bothered by unhealthy thoughts of failure or even worries. In fact, you feel good about yourself. It is only natural that the more you feel good about yourself, the more you will continue doing what feels good.
If you’re still a bit skeptical about how a hot tub can benefit in weight loss, you better get your hands on the book, The Hot Tub Diet, written by Bridget Praytor. This book is based on her life-changing experience on how soaking in a hot tub helped her achieve more than diets and strenuous workouts.
Hot Tub Exercises for Weight Loss
While it is true that sitting in a hot tub alone does not help you to significantly get rid of those fats, you can, however, do some light exercises to increase the benefits.
These exercises may include calisthenics, simple stretches and cardio workouts, and even yoga! Doing leg kicks while sitting or punching with your arms under the water, can provide some light resistances which can help with your cardio workout.
Yoga is by far the most compatible method when you’re in a hot tub, though. For one, it helps you to achieve specific poses easily because of water buoyancy. That way you can retain the pose for longer periods of time and focus on your breathing.
Wrapping It Up
The amount of calorie you burn sitting in a hot tub is almost insignificant, however, calorie burned is still calories burned. Plus, the relaxation you get can help you keep from gaining more calories throughout the rest of the day.
The well-being you get, the relaxation, the focus, that feeling of stress melting away can give you more than enough push to continue with your workout, and ultimately, achieve your goal of losing weight. In fact, isn’t it wonderful how you can easily reward yourself even before you reach what you’re aiming for by soaking in a hot tub?
Fortunately, it is now easy to have your own hot tub at home. It doesn’t have to be as expensive as a Jacuzzi. In fact, you can even get one of the inexpensive inflatable hot tubs and achieve the same results.