Seven Helpful Tips to Enjoying your Hot Tub This Summer

Summer is in full swing!! Cookouts, bonfires, family gatherings, and other leisurely activities are taken outside during the warm months.  Did you know that you can cool off in some hot tubs during the summer, too?  Here’s how to beat the heat during the warmest time of the year. Most people tend to ignore their hot tub during these months. Yes, it may sound ironic to use a hot tub during the summer, but people love to entertain or even relax and after getting out of hot water in the summer, you actually feel cooler.   But, did you know that you can cool off some hot tubs and maintain the cool water? Softub is one of these tubs that offers the insulation capable of maintaining cool or hot water.  All you have to do is reduce the temperature setting to 85F or less. Anything less than body temperature will be cool. Softubs are energy efficient, and cooling the tub down wouldn’t be much of a hassle and when you are ready to heat it up again, just adjust the temperature. Unlike a pool that gets overly hot in some baking summers, hot tubs are insulated so once you’ve initially cooled off your Softub, the insulation will take care of the rest. Also, keep these tips in mind to avoid heat-related illnesses.

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!!