As the temperature here in Ontario slowly increases, your hot tub will start to look less and less appealing. When it’s over 25 degrees celsius outside, the last thing you want to do is soak up in a tub of steaming water.
Although, by following our advice and with the right tricks up your sleeve, you can enjoy your hot tub during the summer months.
Turn Down the Temperature
As funny as it sounds, there’s no written rule that says you have to keep your hot tub… hot. You can take comfort in knowing it’s okay to turn the temperature down a little.
For an experience that’ll give you more of a feeling of swimming in a pool than a soaking in a hot tub, simply use your hot tub’s controls to turn down the temperature as far as it will go. Wait for it to cool down, then just take a dip in your cooled-down hot tub whenever the heat is too much. To get your hot tub to cool down faster, turn on the jets for a while. This will circulate the water and help the heat dissipate, just remember to leave your hot tub cover off.
If a truly chilly soak is what you’re after, you can even pour some ice right into the water.
Soak in the Mornings and Evenings
It’s simply common knowledge that the coolest time of day is during the early morning and late evening. So, if you’re planning your next dip, try incorporating a morning or evening hot tub soak into your routine for some extra relaxation minus the intense heat.
For example, you might try hopping into your hot tub first thing in the morning, and then following your soak with a workout. This can help you relax and get limber before the day really starts to heat up. Or as the heat is starting to dissipate at the end of the day, unwind with a soak in your hot tub.
Use Water Circuit Therapy
You can still enjoy your hot tub throughout the summer by using water circuit therapy, even if you don’t have time to use your hot tub during the cooler hours of the day or time to wait for it to cool down.
Water circuit therapy is also referred to as Contrast Water Therapy. By switching between soaking your body in water of varying temperatures, water circuit therapy offers a variety of benefits, including:
- Reduced muscle soreness
- Reduced fatigue
- Reduced muscle strength loss
- Reduced muscle power loss
- Reduced muscle spasm
- Reduced muscle inflammation
- Improved range of motion
By ending your water circuit therapy session with a cold shower or bath, you can reap the benefits of your hot tub without overheating.
If you’re just getting started with water circuit therapy, you can try a routine like this:
- 15 minutes in your hot tub to loosen tight muscles and joints.
- 15 minutes in a cool shower or bath to slowly bring down your body temperature.
- 15 minutes in a cold shower or bath to reduce inflammation and stimulate the nervous system.
Give Summer Allergies the Boot
In addition to being an amazing source of stress and pain relief, your hot tub can also help you overcome those annoying summer seasonal allergies.
Reason being because hot tubs produce steam, which is an effective natural treatment for a variety of sinus ailments, including allergy symptoms. This was confirmed in a 2017 peer reviewed study found that steam baths significantly reduced allergy symptoms such as sneezing, congestion and nasal itching.
So, if you suffer from allergies during the summer, you can enjoy a steamy hot tub soak to quickly relieve your symptoms.
Although we’ve been experiencing an increase in hot days, there’s no need to worry. Your hot tub can still provide you with plenty of relaxation and refreshment, no matter the weather.