Hot tubs have a lot of benefits – but using a hot tub in winter can improve your health, your temperament and your overall quality of life. That’s because hydrotherapy is effective during every part of the year – including those chilly winter months. There are some little-known benefits to using a hot tub in winter, too, that warmer months can’t offer:
- Head off cold and flu season. When you use a hot tub in winter, you can sweat out some of the toxins floating around in your body. If you start to feel a head cold coming on, crank your spa up to about 104 degrees and have a good, long soak. And since you need to drink a lot of water to stay hydrated, and water is good for your health, you get some added health benefits too!
- Get some much needed exercise. We totally understand that you might want to just curl up under a blanket and keep the cold weather out, but your spa afford you the chance to get some much-needed exercise. You can stay warm while working your muscles by stretching under water, and by using the water’s tension to do some light reps with special weights. Hydrotherapy also works exceptionally well for people who spend a lot of time playing outdoor sports or working in the cold.
- Have a little fun with friends. Winter parties are fun, but you’re stuck inside the whole time. With a large enough hot tub, you can entertain inside and outside all season long. There are definite health benefits to spending time with friends – and now you can get some fresh air, too.
- Reinvigorate your relationship. Let’s put it this way: you can snuggle in your hot tub in winter, and no one ever has deal with the other person’s cold feet.
Staying Safe during Winter Hydrotherapy Sessions
There are many winter hot tub health benefits, but you still want to be safe. When you’re undergoing hydrotherapy in an outdoor hot tub, make sure to spend no more than 20 minutes in your spa at a time. (There are health benefits to hot-and-cold therapy, too, but you should see a doctor before starting any kind of regimen.) Drink plenty of water, and avoid alcohol; you can become dehydrated more quickly if you drink too much while hot tubbing. Keep your spa around 100 degrees (unless a doctor says otherwise) so that your temperature is consistent, and make sure to perform routine maintenance and cleaning. Soaking in a dirty hot tub in winter – or in any season – can lessen the benefits.
The most important thing to remember about using a hot tub in winter is to have fun! Spas are a big investment, and you should get the most out of your purchase. Few things have as many health benefits as happiness – so sit back, relax and enjoy your spa this winter!