There are things you should do in your hot tub and things you definitely shouldn’t do…
The great thing about hot tubs is that everyone can enjoy them – whether you’re old or young, anyone can find an escape, relaxation, and pure happiness in the swirling warm water with massaging jets. Ahhhhhhh!
That said, there are certain hot tub activities that are approved and others that are nothing but trouble; the list of “hot tub dos and don’ts below is both your guide to bathing bliss and a warning against, well, stupidity.
DO: Rest and Relax
The single most significant benefit to any hot tub is its ability to offer unparalleled rest and relaxation. Whether it’s stress, headaches or a lack of sleep, the warm water helps to release endorphins that naturally reduce stress and increase circulation. If ever you’re high-strung or simply feeling the weight of the world on your shoulders, DO soak in a hot tub and let the warm water wash away your worries.
DON’T: Fall on Your Face
If you’ve done too much relaxing in the warm waters, you might find that your muscles are so loose that they won’t work as fast as your brain would want them to. If your body is in a deep state of tranquility, mind your motor skills when getting out and DON’T fall on your face!
DO: Find Some Romance
Lovers across the world would agree that a hot tub is the perfect setting for a romantic evening alone. Whether it’s a new spark or rekindling an old flame, hot tubs were built for together time; therefore jump in the soothing warm water, hold each other close and DO whatever it is you do.
DON’T: Drink Too Much
Because the warm water in a hot tub causes your blood vessels to dilate, it increases the absorption of alcohol into the blood and ultimately magnifies its intoxicating effects – you get drunker, faster, in a hot tub. That can have serious negative health effects. Knowing this, don’t drink it the hot tub, but if you absolutely must, drink much slower than your normal pace and DON’T get so drunk that you can’t perform basic bodily tasks.
DO: Enjoy the Company
While hot tubs aren’t necessarily engineered for lively roughhousing and swimming laps, they are great incubators for intimate conversation with family and quality time with your tight-knit crew. Although they might not be the epicenter of activity; surround yourself with the people you love, laugh until there’s nothing else to laugh about, and DO enjoy the company of great friends and family.
This really shouldn’t even require an explanation but diving head first into three feet of water is never in your best interest, ever – no good can come of it. If you value your teeth and brain function in the least, brush twice daily, floss regularly and DON’T dive into a hot tub.
DO: Look at the Stars
Although relaxing is often best with eyes closed, there is a whole world of wonder to be seen outside of the tub. Take a soak in hot water on a cold winter’s night and, if you’re interested in making it epic, DO look the gleaming stars above and give the universe some thought.
DON’T: Crank Up the Thermostat
Nobody likes a lukewarm hot tub but you should never get too trigger happy with the thermostat. In fact, heating the water past recommended settings can strain your body and put you in great danger; therefore, monitor the temperature and DON’T put yourself at risk by cranking up the heat beyond the safe zone.
DO: Keep Your Water Clean
Most hot tubs these days have advanced filtration systems and some even have ozone purifiers and other automatic water cleaning methods. However, every spa requires a little bit of minor care. DO check your water and make sure that things are sparkling clean. Knowing that your spa water is pristine, you’ll be able to relax without a care in the world – and you’ll thank yourself later for that!
DON’T: Belly Flop
While diving has already been discussed as taboo, at least in relation to the shallow waters of a hot tub, there is one acrobatic act that is expressly and strictly forbidden. Intelligent individuals might make this a general rule as it pertains to any type of pool or spa diving, but whatever you do, DON’T belly flop into the hot tub!