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  1. Hot Tub Temperature Guide: How Hot Should Your Spa Water Be?

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    Though all hot tubs are unique in their own way, one thing remains consistent: their warm water. For thousands of years, warm water therapy has been utilized to heal the mind and the body. Hot water helps bathers melt their worries away, soothe their muscles and relax after a long day. It’s what hot tubs were built for.

    Some hot tub owners have asked us what the optimal water temperature is for it to remain both relaxing and healthy. This is what we’re here to answer today.

    Best Hot Tub Temperature for Most Healthy Adults

    For most healthy adults, a water temperature of 100 degrees F is safe, according to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). At this temperature, you will receive all of the benefits from warm water therapy and a great relaxation experience. According to the CPSC, water temperature should never exceed 104 degrees F. Because of this, the temperature limit on most hot tubs is 104 degrees. Though modern hot tubs should not exceed this temperature, it’s best to check the temperature with an accurate thermometer before you use the spa.

    There are some instances when you should keep the temperature lower than 100 degrees F for safety reasons. Let’s take a look at some of those now.

    Healthy Temperature for Children

    Though the CDC states that children under five years old should not use a hot tub, we here at ThermoSpas think you should wait until they are even older to let them use the spa. We recommend first allowing your child to enter the hot tub when they are 10 years old. At this age, they should be able to touch the bottom of the spa with their head out of water. Children should also never be fully submerged in the water. Our Healing Spa can help to ensure that they keep their heads above water with its raised child seat.

    When children are in the hot tub, you should lower the temperature because their bodies are more sensitive to heat than adults’ bodies are. According to the Association of Pool & Spa Professionals, you should drop the temperature to 98 degrees F or lower and take your child out of the spa every fifteen minutes at this temperature to give them a break from the heat. During these breaks, give your children a drink of water so that they stay hydrated. Children should never stay in the hot tub for more than 15 minutes at a time when the water is at 95 degrees F.

    Healthy Temperature for Pregnant Women

    While pregnant, women do not want their body temperature rising to 102 degrees F. Because of this, the CPSC states that pregnant women should not use a hot tub when the water temperature of or exceeding 102 degrees F, as this can cause fetal damage during the first three months of pregnancy. The CPSC states that women should keep the temperature at 100 degrees F maximum.

    If you are pregnant, you should speak to your physician before using a hot tub.

    If you do use the hot tub while pregnant, the temperature should not exceed 100 degrees F, as the CPSC states. According to the Mayo Clinic, pregnant women should also limit their time in the hot tub to less than 10 minutes, just to be safe. They should also only spend time in the hot tub once every couple of weeks. The Mayo Clinic also recommends that these women get out of the hot tub if they start to sweat or feel discomfort. If they already have an elevated temperature as a result of being sick or exercising, it’s best to not use the hot tub at all.

    Healthy Temperature for People with Heart Disease, Circulatory Problems, Diabetes and High Blood Pressure, or Those Taking Certain Medications

    We suggest that any people with the medical conditions stated above talk to their physician before using a hot tub. The safest temperature for people with these conditions may vary from person to person.

    People who take medications that induce drowsiness, such as tranquilizers, antihistamines or anti-coagulants should also consult their doctor before using a hot tub. It may not be safe for these people to use hot tubs because of the risk of falling asleep in the water.

    Best Temperature for Warm Days

    Though soaking in hot water over the summer is relaxing, it can be fun to cool down in your hot tub during warm days too.  Try lowering the temperature to 95 degrees when it’s hot outside. Anything below your body temperature should feel good, even on the hottest of days. If you really want to enjoy cool water on a sunny day, reduce your temperature to 85 degrees F. This is a fun way to transform your hot tub experience.

    Keep the Temperature Consistent

    Some people assume that they should lower the water temperature while they are not using the hot tub and then reheat it right before they get it. They may think that this will save energy and money. Yet, lowering the temperature after use and raising it before saves little to no energy if you use your hot tub often. In fact, it does more bad than good. It causes unnecessary stress on your heater and circuit board, which can lead to more wear and tear.

    Try to keep your hot tub temperature as consistent as possible. The only time we recommend you lower the temperature when you are not using your hot tub is if you are not going to use it for an extended period of time, such as if you are going out of town.  If you have a high quality hot tub cover, such as our ThermoSpas Hot Tub Covers, your hot tub should use little energy to maintain its temperature.

    We hope this guide to hot tub temperatures helps you to enjoy your hot tub as much as possible in a safe manner. For more maintenance tips and advice, take a look at the maintenance section of our blog. We have lots information about how to take care of your hot tub, and will be producing lots more!

  2. Get The Arms of Your Dreams in Your Hot Tub with These 5 Arm Exercises

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    Over the past month, we’ve talked a lot about the benefits of exercising in a hot tub. The water buoyancy allows for a low-impact exercise that is much better for the joints than any land workout. Water heat increases blood flow and water resistance provides you with a more challenging training session.

    If you’re looking for the most effective arm workout possible, a hot tub is definitely the place to do it.  Water resistance will help to tone your muscles more quickly and the warm water will help to speed up your arm muscles’ recovery time. You can use resistance bands to make your exercises even more productive.

    Let’s take a look at some of our favorite arm exercises for the hot tub to help you get the best arms you’ve ever had. For extra resistance, we recommend doing each of these exercises with your arms underwater.

    Arm Circles

    You can be standing or sitting for this one. First, start with your arms at your side and palms facing you. Then, extend both out from your sides, so that they are parallel to the ground and facing the walls of the hot tub to the left and right side of you. For 15 seconds, rotate your arms clockwise, making small circles. After you have gone in the reverse direction for another 15 seconds, begin making bigger circles.

    Elbow Raises

    This simple exercise will get your upper arms in great shape. First, while standing or sitting in the hot tub, put your hands on your on your shoulders and your elbows out in front of you. Then move your elbows up, and slowly lower them back down to your chest. After 10 reps, try doing another 10 reps drawing circles with your elbows in one direction. Then, do another 10 reps going in the other direction.

    Bicep Curl

    For this popular exercise, you’ll want to use waterproof resistance bands or an aquatic dumbbell. First, stand in the middle of the hot tub and place the center of the resistance band underneath both feet, holding the ends of the bands in your hands. Your palms should be facing the hot tub wall in front of you and your arms should be next to your sides. If you don’t feel enough tension in the bands, spread your feet farther apart across the band.

    Then, with your arms facing straight down next to you, lift your forearms to the top of the water, with your upper arm making no movement and your elbows as close to your body as possible. Finally, slowly bring your forearm back down into the water until your arm is straight. Try doing 12 reps!

    Anti-Rotation Press

    For this exercise, you will need resistance bands and a hot tub with attachment mounts. ThermoSpas’ Fitness Series Hot Tubs are specifically designed for exercise, and feature multiple attachment mounts for the perfect upper body workout.

    First, attach the bands to the mounts at chest level and stand with the left side of your body facing the mount. Your feet should be placed on the bottom of the hot tub, shoulder width apart. Then, grab the ends of the bands with both hands clasped together against your chest. Side step far enough away from mount to feel tension in the band. Next, extend your elbows and both arms in front of you, parallel to the bottom of the hot tub, with your knees bent slightly. Try to hold your arms out for about 10 seconds. Then, slowly bring your hands back to your chest and elbows back to your sides . Do 3 reps on each side.

    Make sure to keep your spine straight and use your core instead of your back to keep you from twisting. This exercise works your core, multiple arm muscles and your shoulders.

    Chest Press

    If you want defined triceps and a strong chest, chest presses are the perfect exercise for you. You will need to use resistance bands for this workout too. First, attach the bands to your hot tub and sit with the mounts behind you. Put the ends of the bands in each hand, keeping your elbows bent so that your hands are in front of your chest. If you don’t feel enough tension, make sure to tighten the band or move farther away from the mounts.

    Lift your arms with your elbows still bent at a 90 degree angle. Move your torso to a 45-degree angle, slightly bent forward. Keep your spine straight. Your elbows should be facing the hot tub walls to the left and right side of you and your forearms and knuckles should be facing forward. Straighten your elbow and push your arms forward with the band, following the angle of your body. When your arms are fully extended, slowly bring your elbows back to your sides.

    We hope these exercises help you to get the toned arms you’ve always dreamed of. Make sure to give whatever part of your body you are training a day of rest whenever you are doing strength exercises. For more exercise ideas, check out the fitness section of our blog.

     

  3. How Hot Tubs Can Help People with Lyme Disease

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    Soaking and exercising in a hot tub has been proven to help those that suffer from arthritis, diabetes and chronic pain. Now, hot tubs have been found to benefit another group of people: those who have Lyme disease. Before we explain how, let’s take a step back and understand what Lyme disease is first.

    What is Lyme Disease?

    Sadly, Lyme disease is the fastest growing vector-borne infectious disease in the United States. The horrible disease infects 300,000 people per year, and this number continues to grow as doctors become more aware of it.

    Lyme Disease Causes and Symptoms

    Lyme disease is caused by bacteria transmitted from infected blacklegged tick bites. The disease can cause fevers, fatigue, headaches, skin rashes, joint pain and neurological problems.

    Lyme Disease Treatment

    Luckily, patients who are treated with antibiotics in the early stages of Lyme disease usually recover quickly. But many symptoms of Lyme disease mimic those of Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis, Multiple Sclerosis, Alzheimer’s and more, so diagnosing it can be difficult.

    Even after being appropriately treated with antibiotics, approximately 10-20 percent of patients with Lyme disease have symptoms that can last months to years, according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC). This means many are living with the disease for a long time, and need to find relief from it in other ways.

    How Can a Hot Tub Help With Lyme Disease?

    Whether the antibiotics effectively treat you or not, relaxing and exercising in a hot tub can greatly benefit those that suffer from Lyme disease in many ways.

    Fever therapy, or heat therapy, has been proven to boost the function of the immune system. By soaking in a hot tub, you can increase your core body temperature to 102 degrees F, which creates an artificial fever. This causes your body and its immune system to function as if you have a fever. Virus and bacterial growth is slowed, weakening Lyme disease’s hold on you, according to Dr. Cindee Gardner. Daniel A Knderlehrer, M.D. also notes that an increased body temperature boosts antibiotic activity fourfold.

    In this way, hot tubs can really help your body to fight off the disease-causing bacteria and make you healthy again.

    Hot water also helps to alleviate the joint and muscle pain that often comes with this disease. Submerging your body in hot water increases the relaxation of your muscles, boosts blood supply to painful areas and relieves muscle spasm.

    This warm water therapy is also beneficial when it comes to exercising. Regular exercise is important for everyone, but it’s especially important for those with Lyme disease. Exercise increases immune function, oxygenation, circulation and emotional well being, according to Kinderleher. But it can be very hard to exercise when you’re in a lot of pain.

    Exercising in a hot tub can solve this problem. The warm waters of a hot tub offer a no impact workout, as well as pain relief, increased antimicrobial activity and water resistance for more effective exercises.

    Note: If you have severe fatigue as a result of Lyme disease, too much exercise can make things worse. Don’t overdo it and remember to exercise in moderation.

    There are a variety of ways to exercise in a hot tub, but ThermoSpas Exercise and Swim Spas offer the best warm water workouts and therapy available. They feature lots of space for workouts and mounts for exercising with resistance bands and rowing attachments. Our Spa Trainer even includes powerful jets that you can swim against for aerobic exercise.

    We hope you are able to find relief from Lyme disease through warm water therapy and exercise. As always, make sure to check with your doctor to see what treatments are best for you. If you would like to learn more about warm water therapy, click here.

  4. Meditating in Your Hot Tub

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    Soaking in a warm hot tub is relaxing in itself. Add meditation to that, and you’re in for one of the most relaxing and beneficial experiences you’ve probably ever had. Mindful meditation is used to focus your mind on your body instead of on the ever-changing and busy world around you. With each breath, you should feel the stress and worries of life melt away from you. The tension in your muscles should begin to fade away, and eventually your body and mind should fall into a state of deep relaxation.

    Reaching this state of deep relaxation through meditation can benefit you in a number of ways. Mindful meditation has been proven to reduce stress, as it is linked with decreased levels of the stress hormone cortisol. Mindful meditation also allows us to analyze our body objectively, and helps us to regulate our emotion and attention.

    To reach an even higher level of relaxation through meditation, try meditating in a warm hot tub. Although you probably won’t reach the level of relaxation you desire the first few times you meditate, you will become better at focusing your mind each time you practice. Eventually, meditating in the hot tub will help you reach a level of mental wellbeing that is rarely achieved in our society. If you’re new to meditating, give it a try by following the steps we have listed below.

    How to meditate in a hot tub

    1. Set a timer to alert you in 11 minutes. Beginners should start meditating in 10-minute intervals, with one minute added for you to get situated and comfortable in the tub. If you are more experienced at meditating, set your timer to 15 minutes or longer, though we do not recommend staying in the tub for more than 20 minutes at a time. If you are using a timer on your phone, turn it to silent mode so that you are not distracted by incoming calls or texts. Disconnect yourself from the outside world.

    2. Make sure to turn off the hot tub jets, as silence allows for minimal distraction. Try to sit cross-legged on the hot tub seat with your spine erect and your chin tilted slightly downward. Make sure that you are comfortable. Now, leave your eyes halfway open, and concentrate on the water in front of you.

    3. Take three big, deep breaths. Allow your torso to rise and fall with each breath, and focus on this movement. Feel the air entering and leaving your body.

    4. Now, return to breathing normally, but continue focusing on your breath. Concentrate on your individual body parts, starting with your head all the way down to your toes. Notice how each body part feels and moves with your breath. Don’t consciously move any part of your body. Just notice how each body part feels in its natural state.

    5. After you’ve successfully focused on each body part, concentrate on your body’s buoyancy in the water. Feel your backside on the seat, and your legs on the bottom of the spa. Notice the lightness of your body in the water. Feel your hands on your thighs.

    6. Finally, go back to concentrating solely on your breathing until the 11 minutes have passed. This is very difficult to do for beginners. Don’t worry if you get distracted. It’s normal. Noticing your mind wandering is actually a good thing because it proves that you are aware of your thoughts. Acknowledge the fact that you were distracted, and then gently go back to focusing on your breath. Concentrate on the air moving into your lungs, and out of your lungs. Feel it going through your entire body.

    If your mind continuously wanders from your breath and you begin to feel frustrated, try mantra meditating. To do this, repeat a sound or phrase over and over again. Concentrate solely on the sound or phrase. Also, consider adding aromatherapy to your meditation to enhance relaxation.

    Deep relaxation through mindful meditation is difficult to achieve your first few attempts. In fact, meditating may seem to be more frustrating than relaxing at first. But the more you engage in this activity, the higher level of clarity and relaxation you will reach. The mental wellbeing and relaxation you will eventually achieve as a result of meditation will be sure to outweigh the effort you put into mastering it. This is why meditation has survived over thousands of years. Best of all, meditation gives you another great way to enjoy and relax in your hot tub.