Hot Tubs and Winter: A Perfect Combination
One of the biggest misconceptions about hot tubs is that you can only use it during the warmer months of the year. If you properly maintain your hot tub, this couldn’t be farther from the truth. It is possible to use your hot tub all year round, which means that yes, you can even enjoy it when it snows.
If you’re still not convinced, you should know that there are some great benefits to keeping your hot tub running when the temperature drops. While you might think it too cold to make it from your house to your hot tub, the following benefits might just change your mind!
Exercise All Year Round
With fall comes winter, and for those of you who live in colder climates, the first snowfall isn’t too far behind. Snow makes it difficult to enjoy activities like jogging, running, and hiking. Instead, you might decide to turn to an indoor gym for your exercise needs. Most people however, decrease their exercise completely in the winter. This action doesn’t benefit overall health and wellness in the long term.
With a hot tub, it’s possible to continue exercising, even through those cold winter months. People who require hydrotherapy can keep up their exercises without having to leave the comfort of home. Those who want a bit more exercise can do water aerobics in the warmth of their hot tub.
It is important to remember that just because there’s a foot of snow outside, doesn’t mean you should spend hours in your hot tub. Your exercise regime doesn’t need to change at all, which means that limiting yourself to around 20 minutes of exercise in per day is plenty.
A few examples of exercises that you might want to try include,
- Walking (in place)
- Resistance Training
- Arm Crossovers
- Bicycle Kicks
Prevent Colds and the Flu
It might surprise you to learn that hot tubs actually help to prevent you from catching the cold or flu. How? Well, sitting in warm, steamy water helps to clear your sinuses. The warmer temperatures also help to relax the muscles in your chest, and your lungs, helping you to clear your airways and breath more deeply.
Now, the key to using the hot tub in the winter is that it helps to prevent you from catching a cold or the flu. If you already have a cold or flu, you shouldn’t use your hot tub. You should stay inside and rest! This is particularity true if you have a fever. Going into your hot tub in the winter while you have a fever can lead to dizziness and you could pass out.
Relax and De-Stress
When winter arrives, life doesn’t stop. This means that all of the stressors that affected you during the warmer months of the year continue to affect you during the winter. Things like your job, your kids, home repairs, and even the holiday season. All of these things (and more) can have an impact on the tension in your muscles and other related ailments. You’re just experiencing these stressors during a different season.
When you use your hot tub in the winter, you completely submerge yourself in warm water. You won’t even feel the cold! In fact, you’ll find that you can relax just as well as you did in the summer. Let the tension slide from your muscles, but just remember to limit your soak to around 20 minutes. You’re still at risk of dehydration, even in the cold.
Enjoy the Outdoors
When it comes to the winter months, some people end up hibernating indoors. The thought of going for a walk in the cold or even skating just doesn’t seem appealing. While this might suit some, it’s not really sustainable in the long term. Enjoying the outdoors is an important part of your health and wellbeing, and if you own a hot tub, you’ve got an easy way to manage both.
Head out to your hot tub for a relaxing soak and take in the splendour of winter without having to trek through the snow. You can sit back, close your eyes and listen to the quiet, without having to deal with the cold.
Socialize with Friends & Family
Using the hot tub in the winter is also a nice chance to bond with friends, family and even your partner. Instead of throwing an indoor gathering, consider extending the invitation for others to enjoy your backyard oasis. It helps to break up the winter blahs for you and those you invite. It also extends the use of your hot tub so that you’re not just using it for a few months each year.
Winter Hot Tub Maintenance and Safety
While we encourage you to use your hot tub in the winter to benefit from the relaxation and outdoors, it is important to remember safety and proper hot tub maintenance. The last thing you want to do is get hurt or damage your hot tub.
Regular Maintenance is Still Required
If you use your hot tub regularly during the winter months, you must continue to check the filter and water balance. This process does not change with the seasons. So, to completely enjoy your winter hot tub experience, be sure to stick to your regular maintenance schedule.
Watch that the Pipes Don’t Freeze
The most critical thing to remember when it comes to using your hot tub in the winter is to keep it warm enough–even when you’re not using it–to prevent the pipes from freezing. If the hot tub pipes freeze, they will expand and damage your hot tub. Therefore, running your hot tub every hour is a key factor to enjoying your winter hot tub experience.
What’s Your Exit Plan?
Investing in a thick, ankle length robe and outdoor slippers will help to keep you warm until you step into your hot tub. This is particularly key for people who have outdoor hot tubs that aren’t close to the house. The robe will come in handy again after you’re finished soaking. You want to stop those shivers in their tracks, as it will only make your muscles tense.
Watch Your Step!
With snow comes ice, which makes getting to and from your hot tub a little trickier. Clearing a path from your house to your hot tub will ensure that you prevent slips and falls that could ruin your experience.
Enjoy Your Hot Tub!
Hot tubs are an investment. If you can enjoy yours all year round, and get as much use as possible out of it, why not take the plunge? Who knows, you might find that the benefits of using your hot tub in the winter might completely change your mind about the season–and isn’t that worth taking the chance?