Nothing is more relaxing than a soak in the hot tub after a long day. The soothing heat of the water combined with jet massage releases tensions and helps your muscles to relax. As peaceful as it is to lay in your hot tub, it’s important not to over do it. The ideal time to soak is between 10 and 45 minutes, but the exact length you choose will depend on a number of factors. Let’s take a look at the right length for you.
If you’re new to hot tubbing, it’s probably wise to stick to a 10-minute dip, especially if you plan to set the temperature at a maximum of 104°F. As you get used to the temperature, you can gradually increase your soak time. Pregnant women and those with health conditions — after receiving permission from their doctor — should also limit their soak time to 10 minutes, but at a maximum of 102°F.
This is the ideal amount of time for children between the ages of 5 and 11 to soak, but never at a normal temperature. Keeping the water at 98°F ensures your children won’t overheat and can safely enjoy adult-supervised hot tub time.
Once you’re a seasoned hot tubber, and if you’re healthy, this is the ideal time to spend in the spa. Regular 20-30 minute dips at 104° can improve your overall wellness.
If you’re a healthy adult, there’s no reason you can’t enjoy a 45-minute soak — but only at a maximum of 102°F. Keeping the temperature more moderate ensures your safety while allowing you to reap maximum health benefits.
THE HEALTH BENEFITS
Now that you know how long you should soak, let’s take a look at the top four benefits of doing so on a regular basis.
- Stress relief
Heated water combined with the relaxing properties of jet massage triggers endorphin production in your body. These feel-good hormones are a natural stress-killer and leave you feeling relaxed and content.
- Better sleep
Taking a 20- to 30-minute dip an hour or two before heading to bed has been proven to increase sleep quality. As the jets do their work to relieve tension, the heat of the water stimulates melatonin production, a hormone that promotes better sleep.
- Pain relief
Once again, the powerful combination of heat and massage can work wonders, relieving muscle tension and easing headaches. It also improves circulation, increasing healing blood flow to injured or sore body parts while reducing swelling.
- Improved immunity
The heated water not only improves your blood flow, but also increases the circulation of lymph fluid and white blood cells. Lymph fluid encourages the elimination of wastes and toxins from your body while the white blood cells help you battle germs.
AJ SPA & HOT TUBS
If you’d like to know more about hot tub use and it’s benefits, get in touch with us at AJ Spa & Hot Tubs. Our experts are always happy to help customers whether they are shopping for a hot tub or simply need some advice on using and caring for a new spa. We pride ourselves on offering quality new and used hot tubs to our customers as well as top-rate accessories such as hot tub covers. Our hot tub pricing can’t be beaten, so come visit us at our Patchogue, NY showroom.