If you’ve had a long, hard day, there’s nothing quite like some hot tub therapy to relax and de-stress. The key to getting the most out of your hot tub experience is knowing how long to stay in the water.
Get out too soon and you could fail to reap the health benefits warm water immersion and jet massage can offer. Stay in too long and you could put yourself at risk of dehydration and overheating. Neither of these conditions is fun and with them can come a host of side effects from dizziness and light-headedness, to a decrease in blood pressure, an increased heart rate and nausea and vomiting.
To help you avoid ill-effects from overheating, we’ve put together some recommendations for optimal immersion time. Based on advice from health-care professionals, this guide will keep you safe while you soak and allow you to get the best possible experience from your hot tub.
Some like it hot while others prefer more moderate temperatures. If you’re the type of spa user who prefers the maximum recommended setting of 104°F, then your time in the spa will need to be shorter than someone soaking at 100 °F.
If you’re a healthy adult, soaking at 104°F is totally fine as long as you limit yourself to a maximum of 20 minutes.
Your Hydration Level
A natural and healthy function of the body, sweating, can cause you to become dehydrated while in your spa. That’s why it’s so important to replenish your fluid levels while soaking. Taking a glass of cool water with you to the spa and having a sip every few minutes will keep your body hydrated and healthy.
If the aches and pains that come with pregnancy have you feeling down, your hot tub can help. Not only can it ease aches and pains, but it can also help you relax as the water supports your weight.
Even if you like it hot, experts recommend keeping the water at 101 °F or less for the safety of you and your baby. Even at that temperature, limiting your time to no more than 10 minutes is essential for your health.
Your Overall Wellness
Consulting with your doctor before using your spa is important for anyone with a health issue. Whether you have high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, circulatory problems or use anticoagulant medication, you should speak to your physician before using your spa. He or she will be able to tell you what temperature and soak duration will work best for your body.
How Old You Are
If you’re under 60, healthy and aren’t pregnant, you should be safe to use your spa at 102°F for as long as you feel comfortable. If you’re over 60, consult with your doctor as a precaution. He or she will be able to tell you how your spa can best serve your individual needs.
While teens are safe to be immersed much like adults, precautions must be taken with kids 12 and under.
If you want to take your kids into the hot tub with you, the water should be no higher than 98°F. Anything hotter than that can be dangerous for kids because they haven’t yet developed the ability to perspire enough to cool down. Another option for young children is partial immersion on the spa’s bench or jump seat.
Jacuzzi Hot Tubs of Manitoba
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