Hot Time: Hot Springs Soaking in Summer

Wearing sunscreen is important when soaking in summer at hot springs

Hot Time: Hot Springs Soaking in Summer

When the mercury spikes, you can still enjoy hot mineral springs. Don’t miss out on hot springs soaking in summer; these tips will help you maximize your soaking experience.

Hot enough for you? Try getting in hot water—mineral pools fed by hot springs. Living is easy with a summertime soak. As Uproxx observes, it’s a mistake to think of hot springs only as an après-ski plunge to escape the chill. The mineral water is therapeutic for mind, body and emotions year-round, and the view of nature from the pool is as beautiful in the lush green of August as the snowy white of January. If you’ve hiked to a wild spring, you’ll be rewarded with the soothing of your sore muscles. And you won’t have to make a shivering dash for cover when it’s time to get out. For commercial geothermal pools like Iron Mountain Hot Springs, these tips will help you stay comfortable, even in the heat.

Here are some tips for enhancing your summer soaks:

  • Woman wearing hat and sunglassesPick your time. Early morning might be best before the sun reaches its zenith and the crowds show up, or maybe an evening after-work soak would be the perfect way to relax with friends.
  • Drink water. You’re in the water, and you need water in you. You’ll sweat more in summer, so be sure to stay hydrated. This is not a time for alcohol or caffeine.
  • Protect your skin. You’ll need floppy hats, cover-ups and sunscreens if you’re not in the water. If you’re at a resort, be sure to rinse off the sunscreen after you sunbathe and before you enter the geothermal pools.
  • Take breaks. A summer soaking session should last up to 15 or 20 minutes depending on water temperature. If you’re not working on your tan, spend some time in the shade in between.

Hot springs soaking is for all seasons including summer. Learn more and plan a visit to Iron Mountain Hot Springs today!

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Gene Stowe

Gene Stowe was a reporter for The Charlotte (N.C.) Observer for 13 years and head of the writing program at Trinity School at Greenlawn, a four-time U.S. Department of Education Blue Ribbon School in South Bend, Ind., for 10 years before he became a full-time freelance writer in 2008. His first book, Inherit the Land: Jim Crow Meets Miss Maggie’s Will, was published in 2006. He lives in Monroe, N.C.