The idea of spending some of your outdoor time unwinding in a hot tub might be appealing to you as the warmer weather returns. That may be especially so given that soaking in a hot tub has been credited with bringing various health benefits, including stress relief, muscle relaxation and improved sleep.
Nonetheless, how beneficial a hot tub could prove to be for you will depend strongly on you as an individual, as well as exactly how you use the tub. Here are a few crucial tips to heed, to make sure you use your hot tub safely and responsibly.
Make sure using a hot tub would be medically safe for you
Some people should probably, for health reasons, avoid soaking in a hot tub at all. You are advised to think twice about using a hot tub if, for example, you are pregnant or have heart disease, skin injuries, low blood pressure or a UTI (urinary tract infection).
The exact situation tends to differ for different people. So, if you are unsure whether it would be medically safe for you to use a hot tub, please always consult your doctor first.
Don’t allow the water to get too hot
You can probably tell just from touching the water when exactly it would be “too hot”. However, in any case, you should never let the water temperature in a hot tub exceed 40°C (104°F).
Keep yourself well-hydrated
It might seem ironic to suggest that spending time in chest-high water could leave you dehydrated. However, it’s a genuine risk because of how much the water’s heat could make you sweat.
Therefore, you should drink abundant water during your hot tub session. In addition, it’s a good idea to avoid alcohol consumption both before and after spending time in a hot tub.
Don’t stay in the tub for too long
This advice applies especially strongly if you aren’t accustomed to soaking in a hot tub. When the water is at its highest temperature, you shouldn’t linger in it beyond 10 to 15 minutes.
While it may be okay to stay for longer if the water is below this temperature and you are familiar with using a hot tub, you must leave the hot tub straight away if you ever begin to feel lightheaded, dizzy, nauseous or short of breath while in it.
Wash yourself after your time in the tub
Once you’ve got out of your hot tub, take off whatever you were wearing in it and thoroughly wash yourself with soap and lukewarm water.
You can also keep the water in your hot tub nicely sanitised by using hot tub chlorine or bromine – both of which we have in stock as leading swimming pool chemical suppliers here at Pool Warehouse.
Indeed, we have a complete section of our online store dedicated to hot tub chemicals. So why not pick up some of these essentials from us today, taking advantage of our often significant discounts, to ensure you get the best out of your own hot tub use this spring and summer?