How long should I stay in a hot tub?

how long you should stay in a hot tub

We all love a good relaxing soak, especially in a luxury hot tub. If you’re thinking of purchasing a hot tub, or you’ve recently bought one, what do you know about the optimum temperature, and how long you should stay in a hot tub?

Do you need to wait for fully wrinkled toes or should you be getting out sooner?

We give you some straightforward guidance what to consider.

The Perfect Temperature

We all have different preferences on how hot we like our baths at home. It’s similar with a hot tub, some can’t bear to be bathing a degree less than 40C whereas others are content at a cool 37C. Whatever your preference you should note that the hotter the temperature in the tub, the less time should be spent bathing.

Not too Deep!

Most hot tubs are designed to have a variety of seating options and depths to maximise comfort. Be aware that using a deeper seat and immersing yourself will increase your body temperature. Alternate between high and low seating to give your body a break from the more intense heat.

Listen to the Health Professionals

Certain people are more at risk from the dangers of a hot tub than others. For example whilst there’s no strict guidance, it’s advisable that pregnant women avoid hot tubs as they elevate body temperature. Body temperature overall is increased in pregnancy, and hot tubs can heighten the risk of dizziness and fainting. Similarly, the elderly, diabetic, stroke sufferers and people with high or low blood pressure should avoid a hot tub for the same reasons, especially if it is at maximum temperature.

Consider the Climate

You should bear in mind the weather when using an outdoor hot tub. It’s lovely to use your hot tub in the summer, and on hot days, it makes sense to turn the temperature of your hot tub right down. Stay in for shorter periods of time to avoid overheating, fainting and dizziness. When using your hot tub in the winter, you can increase the temperature of the water but it’s worth being mindful of your body cooling down too quickly when exiting the tub which can cause dizziness.

For the Youngsters

It’s a fact that children absolutely love hot tubs. The combination of bubbles, lights and jets in what is effectively a huge bath outside is so exciting. Just as you would for a regular bath, you should ensure the temperature is turned down to 35C so your kids don’t overheat. As a general rule, infants and toddlers should not use hot tubs, not only due to the risk of drowning but because of the chemicals involved. It’s recommended that older children should stay in for up to 20 minutes and not be allowed to immerse their bodies underwater for long periods of time.

Advice for the Grown-ups

So it’s really a matter of individual preference, ambient temperature and being mindful of how you feel individually when considering how long you should stay in a hot tub. The general guidance is around 20 – 30 minutes at one time, so if you do want to enjoy your hot tub for longer you can always have a break and get back in. Always stay hydrated, and keep some drinking water nearby to replace your fluids. Don’t forget to take care as you exit your hot tub too, especially if do happen to feel faint or dizzy.

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