What do you think about hot tubbing in summer to stay cool? Do you think it’s a good or bad idea?
Did you know that your hot tub can be a lifesaver in hot weather? If that sounds like a contradiction, it’s not! Turn the temperature to 37 or 38 degrees Celsius (99 or 100 Fahrenheit). Your skin temperature runs between 34 and 36 degrees Celsius (94 and 96 Fahrenheit). If you turned the tub to 34 Celsius, you’d feel chilled as you sit still. Really! You can stay in for a good long while at 37 degrees Celsius – past the prune fingers and toes stage. When you get out, you’ll feel refreshed for hours. It’s something about the heating of your body on a sustained basis and then the cooling down which feels so much more refreshing than a shower.
Here are our top tips for safe summer hot tubbing:
1) Stay hydrated – Drink plenty of water before and after soaking and avoid drinking any alcohol until after your soak. Alcohol is dehydrating 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 hot tub slowly: ease in gradually and exit carefully. A sudden change in posture and temperature can cause light-headedness.
4) Watch the temperature – The maximum recommended safe temperature for a hot tub is 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit). Soaking time at this temperature should not exceed 15 minutes. For summer, try 38 or 37 degrees Celsius (100 or 99 degrees Fahrenheit) in order to feel refreshed. Kids under 12 usually prefer lower temperatures in the summer because their sweat glands aren’t fully developed.
5) Check with your doctor – Ask your doctor about hot weather hot tubbing if you’re taking medication or have a health condition that may be affected by extreme heat.
6) Save your skin and hair – Wear sunscreen or a broad brimmed hat if you’re soaking in the direct sun.
7) A cool compress on your forehead is bliss – Do like the Japanese do in bath houses: fold a small towel that’s been dipped in cold water and place it on your forehead as you relax in the hottest of waters. So refreshing!
The best tip of all: have fun, relax, enjoy yourself and beat the heat!