Soaking in a hot tub regularly can do wonders for the health and lifestyle of a person who soaks regularly. To ensure that time spent inside of a hot tub is as effective as possible, with effects that can linger for days after exiting the water, it’s key that the user takes the appropriate measures to ensure a safe soak. This includes staying in the hot tub for the right amount of time for health reasons and personal preference.
How Long to Soak in a Spa?
For healthy adults, it is recommended that they soak in a hot tub for no more than 45 to 60 minutes at a time, with the temperature not exceeding 100-104°F. New hot tub owners may want to start out with a 15-20-minute soak with the temperature ranging from 98-100°F. From there, they can gradually raise the temperature and extend their soak in 5-10-minute increments, until they find a temperature and duration that work best for their health, personal preference and tolerance.
For those with an existing medical condition or who are unsure how long to soak in a hot tub based on factors such as health or age, it is suggested to first speak with a health care provider before getting started. They can help to ensure that hot tub hydrotherapy is the right choice, long term.
Knowing when to exit the spa is also important. If the user starts to feel overheated, nauseous, lightheaded, dizzy, or unwell in any way, it is suggested that they carefully exit the hot tub.
The Benefits of Using a Hot Tub
By using a hot tub safely and for the right amount of time for you, a number of health benefits and improvements can be experienced. This includes but is not limited to eased muscle tension, soothed joint pain, improved post-injury recovery, better sleep patterns, and reduced feelings of stress.
The health benefits are only the beginning. Soaking in a hot tub safely and regularly can have a positive impact on emotional and mental health, as well as lifestyle as a whole. The user can spend more time with children, reconnect with a spouse or catch up with friends, all from the comfort and safety of the hot tub.
Please note that if a child will be using the hot tub, the safety guidelines for them will differ than for an adult. First, ensure that their shoulders are not submerged under the water. They may want to sit in one of the higher seats. When a child under 12 is planning to soak in a backyard spa, the temperature should be no higher than 98°F with a maximum soak time of 15 minutes.