Did you know that soaking in a hot tub regularly can do wonders for your health and overall lifestyle? To ensure that your hot tub time is as effective as possible, with effects that can linger for days after you exit the water, it’s key that you take the appropriate measures to ensure a safe soak. This includes staying in the hot tub for the right amount of time for your health and personal preference. In this article, we will take a closer look at how long you should stay inside a hot tub and why.
How Long to Soak in a Spa?
For healthy adults, it is recommended that they soak in a hot tub for no more than 45 to 60 minutes at a time, with the temperature not exceeding 100-104°F. If you are a new owner of a hot tub, we suggest starting out with a 15-20 minute soak with the temperature ranging from 98-100°F. From there, gradually raise the temperature and extend your hot tub soak in 5-10 minute increments, until you find a temperature and duration that work best for your health, personal preference and tolerance.
If you have an existing medical condition or are unsure how long to soak in a hot tub based on your health or age, speak with your health care provider before getting started. They can help you to ensure that your hot tub experience is benefiting your health long-term.
Knowing when to exit the spa can be beneficial to your health. If you start to feel overheated, nauseous, lightheaded, dizzy, or unwell in any way, we suggest that you carefully exit the hot tub. As always, staying hydrated and eating a well-balanced diet can also contribute to your health and help you to enjoy your time spent in the spa.
The Benefits of Using a Hot Tub
By using a hot tub safely and for the right amount of time for you, a number of health benefits and improvements can be experienced. This includes but is not limited to the following:
- Eased muscle tension
- Soothed joint pain
- Improved post-injury recovery
- Better sleep patterns
- Reduced feelings of stress
The health benefits are only the beginning. Soaking in a hot tub safely and regularly can have a positive impact on your emotional and mental health, as well as your lifestyle as a whole. You can spend more time with your children, reconnect with a spouse or catch up with friends, all from the comfort and safety of your hot tub.
Please note that if a child will be joining you in the hot tub, that the safety guidelines for them will differ than for an adult. First, you must ensure that their shoulders are not submerged under the water, so you should have them sit in one of the higher seats. When a child under 12 is planning to soak in your backyard spa, the temperature should be no higher than 98°F with a maximum soak time of 15 minutes.
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