Let’s say you’re considering investing in a Beachcomber, or you have one already, and it beckons to you from your backyard or patio. Maybe you look longingly back in its direction, but wonder how you’ll squeeze a soak into your busy week?
Here are five suggestions for the best times to soak in your hot tub:
- Post workout
Recent research into heat adaptation suggests that hot baths might actually boost performance in addition to soothing sore muscles. Consistent exercise in hot conditions is tied to a long-term drop in core body temperature. This in turn results in an increased sweat rate and production of a greater volume of blood plasma – all of which will enhance your ability to perform in the heat. Pair this heat adaptation tactic with consistent post-workout hot tub soaking, for the closest thing to human rocket fuel.
- Before bed
The relaxing effects of spending 20 to 30 minutes in warm water before bed shortens the time it takes to fall asleep, and encourages deeper slumber for a more restorative night.
According to a study by the New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center, your core body temperature dips naturally at night, beginning two hours before sleep. Soaking in a hot tub for 20 to 30 minutes causes a rise in body temperature, and intensifies the rapid cool-down period that follows, which results in a strong relaxation effect and deeper sleep.
- While fighting cold & flu symptoms
One of the most common reasons for a lingering cough is a build-up of mucus in the throat. The steam of a hot tub can dry out this mucus, as well as alleviate flu symptoms. While you may be tempted to cocoon on the couch with your tissues when sick, a 10-15 minute hot soak can make you feel immensely better and support the immune system fight!
- During an at-home spa session
Skin is most receptive to treatment and healing when it’s warm and pores are open. The cleansing and disinfecting effects of hot water make a hot tub soak a critical part of any pampering. And the convenience of a hot tub in your backyard means that you just need to whip together a face scrub concoction for a post-soak mask, for a spa experience without the hefty price tag of a professional facial.
To prevent any dryness from over-soaking, make sure to take a quick shower upon leaving your hot tub to remove any excess chlorine, and apply moisturizer for extra softening.
- For game night
If you’re hosting friends to watch the game, consider simplifying your hosting duties by taking your party outside and inviting everyone into the hot tub instead. You can skip all the fuss of cooking an indoor meal: simply set up your TV outside, and prep some easy to BBQ fare in advance, to grill at halftime. For that extra touch, surprise your guests with robes in the team colours!
There’s no better place to be to celebrate a team victory than in hot tub bubbles. Alternately, in the unlikely event of a tough loss, you can soak your sorrows away.