TIPS AND BENEFITS ON HOT TUB USAGE IN WINTER

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2015-patio2-withsteamVancouver Island’s winter encourages Islanders to take it easy, conserve their energy, and be more selective about how they want to invest their time. However, while they might feel inclined to spend the winter hibernating, their hot tub doesn’t have to follow their lead. After all, one didn’t invest in a quality spa just to see it sit all winter, right?

THE BENEFITS OF SOAKING IN WINTER

Winterizing a spa for the season—draining it, cleaning it, and protecting it from the effects of freezing weather—can be a complicated and a time-consuming procedure. In many cases, it’s better for the health of a hot tub to keep it running. Plus, in addition to enjoying the everyday benefits of a spa, you’ll get to experience some perks unique to the winter months:

Cold-Weather Hydrotherapy: when muscles and joints are cold, they are more likely to pull or strain during physical activity. In frigid temperatures, it is ideal to soak in a hot tub before exercise. It can help warm up and prepare the body for a safer workout, while soaking after a workout can relax and soothe aching muscles or stiff limbs (as well as burn extra calories).

The holidays are a time to enjoy intimate time with friends and family that one hasn’t seen all year. Winter is the ideal time to keep your hot tub running with these expert tips.

6 TIPS FOR GETTING THE MOST OUT OF YOUR HOT TUB IN WINTER

During the winter, follow these tips to protect that hard-earned hot tub, keep it and one safe, and enhance enjoyment.

INVEST IN A QUALITY COVER

Make sure one’s hot tub cover is well-insulated and has a tight-fitting seal. A high-quality cover in good condition will help a hot tub maintain a constant high temperature, even when the weather is most frightful.

MONITOR WATER LEVELS

Check water levels frequently and add more as necessary. If the water level falls too low in cold weather, the components may freeze, which could damage hot tub leading the spa owner to purchase replacement parts. 2

Keep Water Clean

clean and maintain water and filters according to the usual schedule or more frequently upon usage. Simple problems can become more complicated to fix in subzero weather.

Turn Down Jets

Use the jets to a lesser extent than what’s normal in other seasons, and don’t forget to turn them off when not in use. The jets work by blowing air into the water, which can lower the temperature.

SOAK TIMES

The longer the stay in a spa, the higher the body temperature climbs. While it may be tempting to linger in the comforting warmth of a hot tub when the outside air is cold, it is wise to limit a soak time to about twenty minutes. The move from extreme heat to extreme cold can place stress on the body.

HYDRATE

It’s always important to stay hydrated, period, but more importantly when using a hot tub. During the winter, drink warm or room-temperature beverages while soaking to keep hydrated while fighting the cold. Since alcohol can increase the effects of dehydration, it’s best to abstain from drinking alcoholic beverages in your spa.

Use accessories to add warmth and comfort to one’s outdoor hot tub environment in the winter. Consider adding heating lamps, or a towel warmer, or maybe merely a weatherproof rug to protect bare feet from the frozen ground. Make sure all electrical devices are either battery-operated or are placed far enough away from your hot tub to avoid any possible risk of electrocution from contact with water.

 

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