After coming back from a run or from any other physical activity that is hard on your muscles, the first thing you might want to do, after stretching and having some water to drink of course, could be to soak in your hot tub. It’s there for you to relax in, right? Hot tubs in Edmonton are known to be great for soothing sore or tense muscles and right after a workout can seem like the ideal time to take advantage of this. However, there are some things to be aware of, before you let yourself relax in the bubbly water.
Your body can’t cool itself down while you’re in the hot tub
During an intense workout, your body is working hard to keep your extremities cool by pumping blood into them. This is hard work for your heart, and sitting in a hot tub right after a workout will make this task practically impossible. That’s why you need to give your body time to cool before you get it purposely hot again. You should ideally wait at least half an hour after your workout before you get in your hot tub.
Even after that half hour is up, it is wise to limit your time in the hot tub and only allow the bottom half of your body to soak in the water.
The hot water will dehydrate you further
You’re already going to be dehydrated after a workout, and sitting in hot water won’t help. So, while you’re waiting for the half hour to be up until you can jump in, drink plenty of water.
If you pulled a muscle during a workout, use a hot tub intermittently with an ice pack
The pain of a pulled muscle can be hard on you, but it’ll be worse if you only use a hot tub to soothe it. You’ll end up causing the muscle to swell, due to the increased blood flow to the area in question. What you need to do is first put an ice pack on the spot, as soon as you can. After two days you can use your hot tub to encourage the muscle to relax and to get it moving more as it should. Make sure to still use the ice pack in between time spent soaking.
Our hot tubs in Edmonton can be great for use after a workout, as long as you follow these guidelines.