While swimming season has ended for now, the winter months can be a great opportunity to take advantage of spending time in your hot tub. The combination of cooler temperatures and warm water can be relaxing, especially when you follow these tips.
- If you’ll be using your spa when it is icy outside, be sure that there is a clear path from the house to the hot tub, to prevent you from slipping and falling when getting in or out of the tub.
- Before getting into the tub, prep for getting out by setting out a robe, towel and slippers to use immediately upon exiting the tub. This will help your body better manage the difference in temperature between the water and the air outside.
- Don’t be tempted to overheat the water. No matter the time of year, the water in your spa should never be hotter than 104 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Keep your soaks to 15 minutes or less. If you stay in the water too long, you could experience dizziness or lightheadedness.
- Enjoy a warm drink while you soak, like a cup of tea or hot cocoa. However, avoid drinking alcohol while using a hot tub, as it can increase your risk of dehydration.
- Lessen the effects of the cold air by warming your towel or robe in the dryer for a bit before your soak. Or, purchase a towel warmer to keep near your tub so that your towel is perfectly toasty when you’re ready to get out.
- While it might sound like strange water attire, wearing a hat while you soak can help keep your body temperature better regulated by keeping your hair dry and preventing heat from escaping through your head.
- As always, remember to keep your water properly balanced and to follow hot tub safety guidelines year-round.