Enjoy Your Hot Tub Even When It’s Cold Outside
While the idea of enjoying hot tubs in Ottawa during the winter may work in your head, there are several pitfalls that could prevent you from enjoying it to the fullest. If you’re unprepared, though, you’re probably in store for a bad experience. There’s no need to fret, however, as we’ve got a few helpful ideas that will not only help you enjoy a number of different hot tub uses (regardless of what an Ottawa winter throws at you) but will also keep you prepared for the season.
Proper Tub Attire
If you’re enjoying a winter hot tub soak, then you’re obviously going to want to have the right hot tub attire. After all, Ottawa’s winters get chilly. Make sure you’ve got your swimsuit on and a robe and shoes to get you to and from the tub to your door so you don’t catch cold, and wear a hat.
No, really! Wearing a hat will help keep your head warm, even in a hot tub. We lose a lot of heat from our head, and chilly ears are a sign you should bundle up. A baseball cap will help regulate your overall body temperature (yes, even in a hot tub), and is great if your hot tub has some shelter from the window. If you need to keep your ears warm, though, then a toque will work wonders.
Hot Tub Maintenance
Hot tub chemicals maintain the water and protect your investment, but if your skin is already dried out from cold winter weather, those chemicals can further irritate your skin. Using a light lotion before you enjoy your tub will help keep your skin soft and safe. You can also shower after using the hot tub to wash off any leftover chemicals and then reapply lotion to ensure you’re not dehydrating your skin further.
Whatever you do, though, don’t decrease the chemical mix in your hot tub. These chemicals are vital for proper maintenance and prevent damage to your investment, letting you keep your tub running in top shape.
Hot tubs help treat muscle and joint aches and pains, and the warm water can help treat inflammation. The steam rising from the water can help clear your airways, as well. Plus, it can’t be overstated that hot tubs help you relax and destress, an absolute must at the end of a long day.
Just be sure to limit your exposure to cold winter air. Use light shoes or sandals to get you to and from the hot tub, and wrap up in a robe. Keep a towel on hand to prevent catching a chill when it’s time to get out, and you’ll be able to enjoy the many health benefits of a hot tub in Ottawa’s cold winters!
A hot tub is a great way to entertain friends and family. A hot tub is a great way to unwind as a family, giving you a chance to catch up and talk as you relax. With an outdoor speaker and a glass of wine, hot tubs are perfect for entertaining friends—just be aware that it’s important to stay hydrated with fresh water to drink.
While there’s a bit more you need to consider when using a hot tub in the winter, it’s a fantastic way to enjoy even the coldest months of the year in style and comfort.