What Is the Ideal Length of Time to Spend in a Hot Tub?

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What Is the Ideal Length of Time to Spend in a Hot Tub?

Your own backyard is the perfect getaway when you’re a hot tub owner. Surely, you want to get the maximum benefits out of your hot tub experience. You may find yourself asking, “What is the ideal length of time to spend in a hot tub?” While there is no universal rule dictating how much time you can spend in your spa as a healthy adult, the best rule of thumb is to soak for the amount of time that feels comfortable to you. That being said, here are some guidelines for healthy and happy hot tub soaking.


The water temperature in your hot tub and the outside air temperature are both factors in determining the ideal length of time to soak. Our bodies are naturally set to 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit, and hot tubs generally range from 98-104 degrees. At the lower end, there is little risk of overheating because of the minimal temperature difference between the water and your body’s core. As you raise the temperature, however, it is advisable to limit your hot tub soak to 15-30 minutes. If the air temperature is cold and your torso is above the waterline, you can extend this timeframe a bit. Just stay within your comfort zone.


One of the beautiful benefits of hot tub soaking is gently raising your core body temperature to improve blood circulation and to sweat out toxins. Of course, any time you are sweating, hydration is a necessity. You should drink water before, during, and after hot tub use. A well-hydrated adult can extend their hot tub time a little longer. If you feel yourself getting too hot, take a break from the tub.


There is no limit to how frequently you should use your hot tub as long as you are an adult in good health. We recommend daily use to get the maximum benefits from your tub. If you have a medical condition of any kind, or if you are pregnant or taking medication, make sure to consult with your doctor before using a hot tub.

How About the Kids?

If you want to soak in the hot tub with your children, we recommend lowering the temperature significantly to about 88-92 degrees. Young children cannot regulate their body temperature as well as adults, so use caution and shorter soaking periods. For your teenage kids, limit the time they spend in the hot tub to 15-20 minutes, and maintain constant supervision. To all the hot tub owners out there, happy soaking!

For more hot tub safety tips, visit Leisure Works. We have showroom locations in Ann Arbor and Novi, Michigan. If you are thinking about purchasing a hot tub, come in for your free test soak. Your scheduled, private soak allows you to experience the best that our hot tubs have to offer. Plus, our expert staff will help answer all your questions. For our Ann Arbor location dial (734) 668-7665, and for Novi dial (248) 348-7727. Or, schedule your visit here. We look forward to introducing you to the perfect hot tub that will transform your life.


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