1) Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water before and after soaking. Though it may sound fun to some, avoid alcohol until afterwards. Alcohol dehydrates the body, and is a depressant on your system.
2) Cool down before you heat up. Wait until you stop sweating, and your pulse returns to normal after exercising before getting into the hot tub.
3) Take care when getting in and out. Enter and exit the tub slowly. Ease in gradually. Exit carefully. A sudden change in posture and temperature can cause lightheadedness.
4) Watch the water temperature. The maximum recommended safe temperature for a hot tub is 104 degrees. Soaking time at this temperature should not exceed 15 minutes especially if you have heart or blood pressure problems. For summer, try 100 degrees or cooler in order to feel refreshed and invigorated and stay in as long as you want.
5) Check with your doctor. Ask your doctor about using your hot tub if you’re taking medication or have a health condition that may be affected by extreme heat. Better to be safe than sorry! Again, using a hot tub at or below body temperature should be fine if you have a condition.
6) Save your skin & hair. Wear sunscreen or a broad brimmed hat if you’re soaking in the direct sun. Some enjoy their tub under a covered patio, or a 10 X 10 canopy, and spa umbrellas are a nice option to consider if out in the open.
7) A cool compress on your forehead is bliss. Fold a small towel that’s been dipped in cold water and place it on your forehead, and relax. It’s so refreshing!
BONUS TIP!!! Last, but not least…have fun, relax, enjoy yourself, and beat the heat!!