We’ve all thought about it once or twice. After a nice hot tub session, you look at the snow, and the impulsive part of your brain thinks, “I want to jump in it”. Your kids may have even asked you if they could do it. While tempting, the more logical side of your brain intervenes and says “Maybe that’s not such a good idea”. But what’s the truth? Is it safe to jump into the snow after a hot tub soak?
Can the hot to cold transition have benefits?
If you’ve looked into therapy options such as those from a hot tub, you probably know that there are both hot and cold therapy choices. Extreme heat and cold can both have benefits separately, but what about together? Is this something people have even thought of doing?
These practices aren’t super common in America. So, to get a better idea, we have to look to Finland. Finland sets the precedent for many practices, especially those that revolve around hot tubs and saunas.
In Finland, it is common to find spas dedicated to the hot-cold transition, according to Stephanie Vermillion from HowStuffWorks. People will go from a nice hot tub or sauna session, jump into and even roll around in the snow, and then head back into the heat. The hot-to-cold transition helps maximize the benefits from both the hot and cold therapy, such as reduced pain and inflammation. It’s kind of like alternating between heat pads and ice packs, but to a greater level.
So is the transition safe?
Just because other people do something doesn’t mean it’s safe. We all know that. People smoked for years before we learned the health implications of it. So just because Finland has these options available doesn’t mean that the transition is totally safe.
The short answer is that jumping into the snow after a hot tub soak is generally safe. But as with everything, it comes with its exceptions. The temperature shock affects your cardiovascular system, so those with heart problems should sit this one out.
You also don’t want to stay in the snow for a long period of time. If you’re in a hot tub, you’re not dressed for the snow, plus you’ll still be wet when you get out. Your body cannot handle this plus the temperature transition for an extended period of time.
So, if you want to go ahead and listen to your impulses, jump into the snow after a hot tub soak for a minute. But, if you want to play in the snow, go back inside and change. And don’t let your kids jump in the snow unless you’re 100% sure you can get them to go inside after a minute or two.
Hot tub soaks are a great way to stay warm in the winter, even in Pocatello, Idaho. If you’re in the market for a hot tub, Mastercraft Pool & Spa has you covered. Give us a call or stop by today. We’ll be happy to answer your questions and help you pick the perfect hot tub.