Remember when you were a kid and your parents tried to get you to take a bath or a shower, and you did everything in your power to avoid doing it?
Well, it turns out that taking a shower can do more than just clean your skin. Hot showers, hot tubs, and saunas all use heat to improve a number of body aches, issues, and elements.
If you ever thought that taking a shower was just part of your morning routine, think again.
This giant list of benefits related to hot showers might cause you to stay in there just a little longer tomorrow…and the day after that…and the day after that.
Who knew that some hot water and a little steam could have such a positive impact on your body and mind.
Not only does taking a hot shower help you feel better physically, but it also affords you some time to think things through without the kids or your spouse vying for your attention.
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Hot showers can calm your mind and give you the space you need to work through things that are bothering you.
Want more? Okay, here are 25 proven benefits of a hot shower.
- It will make you feel better, in general, to step away from your life and give yourself some time to think.
- It will open your pores and let your skin breathe so that it is ready to receive treatments and make the most of your skincare routine.
- It can reduce a headache by giving you time to clear your mind and allowing the steam to penetrate your lungs and skin.
- It will relax your muscles by heating them up and encouraging them to expand and contract.
- It will improve blood circulation by introducing heat to your muscles.
- It can help improve muscle building by releasing heat stress proteins that encourage muscle growth.
- It can make you sleep better by relaxing your muscles and helping you to rid your mind of bothersome thoughts.
- It can help reduce muscle pain by encouraging circulation and stimulation.
- It can help you feel less bloated by reducing water retention and improving circulation.
- It can relieve body pain by introducing heat to your joints and muscles.
- It can improve the health of your hair because hot water opens the cuticles of your hair shaft and readies it to absorb product.
- It will reduce stress levels by helping you focus on the water and heat and not your problems.
- It can help keep skin moisturized by opening pores and hydrating the skin.
- It will reduce menstrual cramps because heat helps abdominal cramping and makes you feel better.
- It will reduce itching by introducing heat to the itchy area to relieve irritations.
- It can relieve migraine headaches by promoting circulation, which can reduce tension in your head and body.
- It can help clear a stuffy nose by opening up the sinus cavities in your ears, nose, and throat.
- It can help prepare your body for exercise like a warm-up routine with heat and stimulation of the muscles.
- It can improve breathing by opening up the airways with warm steam.
- It can reduce the risk of infection by introducing higher levels of heat to remove debris and bacteria.
- It can remove toxins from your skin simply by washing with hot water.
- It can reduce the pain and inflammation associated with arthritis because the heat helps cut down on the fluid building up around the joints.
- It can help wounds heal quicker by reducing the number of bacteria in the area and improving circulation to the wound to improve healing time.
- It can lower your blood pressure by reducing stress levels.
- It can reduce nausea by increasing circulation and stimulating muscles.
So whether your day starts or ends with a hot shower or a trip to the sauna, be sure to add a little extra time to your regular routine to enjoy the numerous benefits of hot showers.
If nothing else, taking a few minutes each day to enjoy some alone time in a quiet space is good for your focus and stress levels.
Grab your favorite shower gel, turn on some soft music, and settle in to treat your body to an at-home spa experience you’ll look forward to again and again.
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