If you have a hot tub in your backyard but aren't taking advantage of using it during the winter, you're missing out on some of the many great health benefits it has to offer, especially around this time of year.

Yes, you read that right: taking a dip in a nice, warm, cozy hot tub during the winter can not only be a great way to beat the cold. It also offers a number of significant physical and mental health benefits!

With the help of our friends from Thompson Pools and Spas, we've compiled this list of 5 reasons why you should be using your hot tub during the winter. Read on to learn more:

Hot tubs boost your immune system

Studies have shown that - depending on the frequency with which you use them -  hot tubs can elevate white blood cell production, which helps to boost your immune system and fight off some of the nasty illnesses floating around during the cold and flu season.

They can also help you beat stress

While the holiday season is one of the most joyous times of the year, it can also be quite stressful at times. Using your hot tub daily can help reduce stress levels and activate all those hormones in your body that promote positive feelings, according to HealthLine.

Looking for pain relief? Hot tubs do that too

Whether you're dealing with the aftermath of shoveling pile after pile of snow or perhaps even a slip and fall on the cold hard ice, a hot tub can help relieve pain by relaxing the muscles, reducing inflammation, and loosening stiff joints, the Arthritis Foundation says.

You can get social in them

You don't have to spend your holiday parties inside if you have a hot tub! Have your guests come prepared to take a dip in the hot tub and offer them a bit of relaxation and socialization outdoors.

Escape the cold

This one might be a bit of a no-brainer, but you'd be surprised how many people forget that their hot tub is a great way to escape the cold during the chilliest time of year. Cold air and a hot tub are a match made in heaven!

Now that you've learned these 5 reasons why you should be using your hot tub during the winter, why not give Thompson Pool and Spas a call today and learn more about their affordable pool and hot tub service plans?

Or, if you don't already have a hot tub, why not inquire about getting one installed in your backyard just in time for the winter? Thompson Pool and Spas is the authorized dealer for Jaccuzi® Hot Tubs in all of Yellowstone County!

Give them a call today at 406-656-8511 or visit them online at ThompsonPools.com.