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How Long Baths Can Help Improve Your Health and Wellbeing

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How Long Baths Can Help Improve Your Health and Wellbeing

They say there’s nothing quite like a long soak in the tub, but did you know there are health benefits too? And not just physical ones, either; long baths can be beneficial to your state of mind and bring about a whole host of great changes. Let’s take a look at the bonuses of taking long baths in a little more detail…

Cardiovascular benefits

Let’s begin with a look at some of the most common physical benefits of long baths. The first of these is cardiovascular health, referring to improvements to your circulation. There have been multiple studies confirming that long baths in hot-to-warm water can normalize blood pressure and bring ensure that blood is being evenly distributed across the body. The physical reasoning for this is that the warmth of the long bath causes blood vessels to dilate, improving the flow of the bloodstream around the body.

Stress and anxiety

Long baths have always been recommended for those suffering from stress, but generally this has been more of a folktale rather than hard scientific fact. Now, however, there is evidence to support the fact that long baths can be beneficial to our mental state. For example, it is proven that taking a long bath with warm water (and preferably some relaxing bath salts or oils) releases a chemical called melatonin into the body. This is one of the substances responsible for helping us fall asleep, meaning it has a natural anti-stress and anti-anxiety effect on our bodies.

Muscular and joint pain relief

If you take part in sports or other physical activities, you’ve probably experienced some sort of sprain or injury at some point. But did you know a long bath could really help in your recovery? Particularly in the case of muscular injuries, a long bath with hot water can relax muscles on a very deep level, preventing the ‘knotting’ that can happen with problems such as plantar fasciitis. If you don’t have time for a long bath, even simply immersing the injured area in warm water for 15 – 20 minutes can be enough to reap health rewards.

Weight loss and blood sugar levels

Did you ever think a long bath could help you lose weight? Many of us are trying to find the answer to easy weight loss, and while this isn’t a solid solution, there is evidence to suggest that taking long baths could reduce blood sugar levels and thus contribute to weight loss. According to one study, taking a 30 minute long bath six days a week helped people lose over 2 pounds a month more than those who didn't take the long bath. And hey, even if it doesn’t work, it’s not like taking a relaxing bath is too much of a hindrance, right?

If you’d like to find the perfect whirlpool bath in which to enjoy a long bath – and the health benefits they bring – explore our full range of baths today.

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