Simply put, we aren't enjoying ourselves as much as we should be.
Adults spend on average less than an hour each day relaxing and socializing, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistic’s American Time Use Survey. Yet a host of research – and common sense – preaches that for us to build and maintain healthy relationships we need to be spending time together in social, relaxing settings.
Rediscovering the spark – that special connection with your spouse or significant other – isn't as unobtainable as you think, however. Just take a look outside, toward your backyard, and get ready to start rekindling that flame.
Adding a hot tub to your outdoor living space is the perfect way to breathe life back into your romance.
The therapeutic benefits of hot tubs are well documented – 79 percent of owners say they value the health benefits associated with their hot tubs, according to a survey by the Association of Pool & Spa Professionals (APSP) – but many owners point to another significant benefit: the ability to spend more time with their partners.
Seventy-seven percent of owners point to their hot tub as one of the few things that takes them away from the day-to-day stresses of life and allows them to reconnect with their partner.
Looking for more? Here are three surprising ways hot tubs can add some spice to your relationship:
The intimate, relaxed atmosphere of a hot tub promotes meaningful interaction, owners say. Owners typically use their hot tubs as a way to connect, and 82 percent say they are extremely satisfied with the level of relaxation a hot tub provides. Relaxing together outdoors, enjoying nature as well as each other’s company without all the distraction presented by the digital age, is a great way for couples to rediscover the things that drew them together in the first place.
Let's face it, life can be pretty stressful. Countless studies tell us that too much stress is harmful on a number of levels – physically, mentally and socially. Common stressors such as money are leading causes of strife in marriages and can even lead to divorce. The warm water and effervescence of hot tubs relieve stress and soothe sore muscles, allowing couples to refocus on what’s most important in their lives: each other.
The vacation effect
Something about the idea of vacation spells romance for couples; more than one getaway has led to a new addition to the family months later. While taking a trip more than once or twice a year isn’t always practical – the average American family spends about $1,180 per person on vacation travel according to an American Express survey – a hot tub can create the vacation effect in your own backyard, allowing you and your significant other a chance to experience that special feeling of romance every day at a fraction of the cost.
Spicing up your relationship begins with the right tub, and finding the right hot tub starts with a professional you can trust. APSP Certified Professionals adhere to the highest standards of service, performance and ethical conduct. Find a professional near you by using APSP's member locator and use these steps to help with the purchasing process.