Can you ever have too much of a good thing? Even in the case of hot tub use — one of the best ways to relax — it’s possible to go overboard.
Staying in your hot tub too long can result in dizziness, light-headedness, overheating and dehydration, especially if you’re soaking at a higher temperature. It can also cause burns, decrease in blood pressure, increased heart rate, nausea and vomiting.
While these side effects happen only in the most extreme cases, it’s always a good idea to know what is safe for you and your family.
With that in mind, we’ve put together a helpful guide, based on advice from health care professionals, to help you determine what will work best for you.
The main considerations when it comes to spa use are:
1. Hot Tub Temperature
How hot you like your spa’s water is a huge factor when it comes to how long you should stay immersed. If you prefer a temperature of 100 °F, for instance, you’ll be able to soak much longer than you would if the water is 104°F.
It’s perfectly safe to soak at 104°F if you’re a healthy adult, but you should limit yourself to 20 minutes at the most.
The warmer your body becomes, the more you’ll perspire. As you continue to sweat, your body will become depleted of fluids, eventually resulting in dehydration.
Keeping safe is as simple as taking something cool to drink with you each and every time you take a dip in your hot tub. Just make sure you don’t make alcohol your beverage of choice because that can speed the dehydration process.
Even if you keep the water quite warm, sipping from a glass of water will keep your fluids replenished.
Pregnant women can find a lot of relief for aching backs or sore feet in the spa but, to use it safely, there are a few things to keep in mind. As good as the hotter temperatures may feel, experts recommend keeping the water at no higher than 101 °F. Even at that temperature, it’s important not to over do it. Health officials recommend limiting your time to a maximum of 10 minutes.
If you have any health conditions, it’s important that you consult your doctor before using your spa. This is especially true if you have high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, circulatory problems or use anticoagulant medication. Your doctor will be able to tell you what temperature and soak duration will be safe for you.
If you’re a healthy, non-pregnant adult, you should be safe to soak at 102°F for as long as you feel comfortable. If you’re over 65, you should speak with your doctor first as a precaution.
Children ages 5-12, shouldn’t go in the hot tub unless the water has been turned down to at least 98°F. Higher temperatures are dangerous for kids because their bodies aren’t yet equipped to cool them down. Another good solution is for young children to enjoy partial immersion on the spa’s bench or jump seat.
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