• Fit for Fall – Hot Tub Exercise Guide

    Fit for Fall – Hot Tub Exercise Guide

    Before you let your Summer exercise routine fizzle out in favour of cold weather hibernation, remember that you’ll feel like you’re back to square one when the weather warms up again if you do so. Thankfully, a hot tub is the best way to stay warm for Fall while maintaining your fitness! Because it’s low-impact and easily tailored to your fitness level, anyone can benefit from water exercise, regardless of age or agility. So check out these four calisthenic exercises that you can do in your tub and let the swirling water both soothe and challenge your muscles.

     

    Toe Pushes

    To strengthen: calf muscles

    Push your toes against the floor of your Beachcomber to flex your calves. Begin by holding the position for a few seconds and repeat 3-5 times. At your own pace, you can work your way up to holding the position for 10-15 seconds.

     

    Bicycle Kicks

    To strengthen: abdominals and legs

    Position yourself firmly perched on the edge of your hot tub seat and hold onto the nearby ledge for support. Lift both of your legs out of the water and cycle rapidly as if you were riding an invisible bicycle. Begin with three sets of bicycle kicks for approximately 30 seconds each. As you increase core strength and cardiovascular endurance, you can up the number of sets that you do.

     

    Arm Criss Cross

    To strengthen: forearms and core

    Sit up straight in your seat with your abdominals engaged to assist with balance. Hold both arms out straight in front of you with your palms facing downwards. Quickly cross your arms over one another, alternating which one goes on top of the other. Do three sets for roughly 30 seconds each, and increase over time as you build strength. To further intensify this exercise, consider trying it with small dumbbells as well.

     

    Side Leg Extensions

    To strengthen: legs and abdominals/obliques

    Sit back deeply in your seat and stabilize yourself with surrounding ledges if you need extra support. Stretch your legs out in front of you, take a couple deep belly breaths, and slowly spread them as far apart as is comfortable yet challenging. Keep your core tight and hold the position for 30 seconds, repeating for 3-5 sets.

     

    Since your hot tub is a place of soothing comfort, you might feel skeptical about the intensity of your workout in it, but research shows otherwise. The resistance of the water makes your workout stimulating despite the context fooling you into thinking that it feels easier than if you were running on pavement. In fact, the water challenges muscles that are more difficult to engage on land.

    Also, because water lessens the effects of gravity, you’re able to move your joints through a wider range of motion, which improves flexibility. And even your lungs benefit, because the water pressure makes them work harder than they would on land. But don’t take our word for it – try these exercises out for yourself!

     

  • Are Hot Tubs Bad for Skin?

    Are Hot Tubs Bad for Skin?

    When considering the lifetime investment of a hot tub purchase, you may come across some contradictory research regarding the effects of hot tub soaking on skin. Myths around adverse effects on skin have to do with hot tub sanitation and the cleaning chemicals used. It’s true that if not properly disinfected, hot tubs can harbor bacteria that can lead to skin irritation or infection. Hence the importance of keeping your hot tub well maintained, and water sanitized!

    But once that maintenance foundation is set, the beautifying effects of soaking in hot water are in the overwhelming majority. Similar to the effect of a steam room, soaking in hot water opens your pores so that oil and dirt can be removed. The process here is two-fold: the sweating you do at high temperatures helps to draw toxins to the surface of your skin. Your hot tub water then works to remove these toxins, which are destroyed by minerals in the water. As with a spa session, the glow you often notice as a result of a lengthy hot tub soak tends to linger. This is because the heat of hot tub water encourages the deeper flow of blood and lymph fluids as blood vessels dilate, which has lasting effects on the appearance of your skin.

     

    Soak your way to clearer skin, by remembering these four tips!

     

    1. Firstly, make sure that you keep your hot tub water well maintained, to avoid the opposite effect of skin irritation! Pay particular attention to the water care products you’re choosing if your skin tends to be sensitive. Beachcomber Softis your best bet, as a soothing water enhancer that helps stabilize pH levels while improving water quality for a silky water effect. Blended from naturally occurring borate salts, Soft’s moisturizing effects on your skin will compliment your soaking routine nicely. Find Soft, available in a pleasant green apple scent, on the Beachcomber e-Store: https://store.beachcomberhottubs.com/water-care/water-care-systems/soft

     

    1. Spend at least 15 minutes in your hot tub.This will allow for maximum opening of your pores. While you soak, try gently rubbing the skin on your arms, legs, face and back, to stimulate the circulation at your skin’s surface. You can then use an exfoliating face scrub after your soak, for further cleansing action while your facial pores are still open.

     

    1. Try following your soaking ritual with a quick cold shower.This rinse will seal your pores after their detox and draw the blood back to your core organs, which also reinforces your body’s immune system, as an added benefit. And you might want to drink a glass of warm water with a pinch of salt and honey to restore electrolytes after your soaking session. A proper electrolyte balance in your body will enhance the glow you’ll notice in your skin’s appearance.

     

    1. Moisturize your skin following your hot tub session and cold rinse.Immediate moisturizing will lock in the hydrating effects of the lotion while your skin is at its most permeable. This will also allow you to combat any drying effects the heat may have on your skin, depending on your level of skin sensitivity.

     

     

  • Mental Health Benefits of a Hot Tub

    Mental Health Benefits of a Hot Tub

    Using hydrotherapy to relieve stress and reap mental health benefits is wise, as mental and physiological health is closely connected, and soaking in a hot tub will address both!

    Try soaking in your hot tub for 15-30 minutes daily for the following mental health benefits:

     

    1) Relief from physical symptoms

    Whether your ailment is post-workout muscle soreness or advanced arthritis, physical pain will undermine your mental energy. While your body is healing within the warmth of your hot tub, your mind will be freed from thoughts of pain. Use this opportunity to practice letting go of other mentally draining thoughts, such as work worries or routine responsibilities, and just focus on indulging in the solitude of your backyard oasis.

     

    2) Balance in hormones

    Studies have shown that soaking in hot water results in a combination of increased blood flow and relaxed breathing, which in turn causes an increase in levels of “happy” hormones like serotonin and dopamine, and a decrease in “stress” hormones like cortisol and epinephrine. This balance in hormones can help to treat the emotional and physical symptoms of stress, anxiety, and depression.

     

    3) Deeper sleep

    The heat of hot tub water naturally raises your core body temperature. As you exit, your body temperature will enter a cooling period. This process mimics the pattern of body temperature changes before and during sleep, which ultimately helps you achieve a deeper sleep. And improved sleep is one of the best weapons you can have to combat stress on an ongoing basis.

     

    4) Meditation opportunities

    If you’ve ever wished you could master clearing your mind and achieving perfect serenity, your hot tub is the perfect place to practice meditation. You can use aromatherapy candles (in soothing scents of lavender or vanilla), and play calming nature sounds to help distract you from racing thoughts. Practice taking slow deep belly breaths as you focus on the warm water enveloping your body, and the strains of the music, if you choose to use it. Begin with a goal of 4-5 minutes of consistent focus, and slowly work your way up to sessions of 15 minutes. Eventually, you’ll be able to harness the calmness and clarity that you can achieve here and call upon it to better manage your routine daily stressors.

     

  • Podcasts For Hot Tubbing

    Podcasts For Hot Tubbing

    No matter what time of day, it’s always important to take some time to slow down, take a deep breath, and unplug and unwind from your daily stresses. A Beachcomber Hot Tub offers an amazing refuge for relieving stress, managing muscle pain, and promoting calmness before bed. In honour of #InternationalPodcastDay, we’ve compiled a few great listens, (using a waterproof speaker or headphones), while enjoying a hot tub soak.

    The Best Podcasts To De-Stress In A Hot Tub:

    Headspace

    This podcast is the ultimate way of resting your mind and injecting a dose of calm and serenity into your busy day-to-day life. Helping you unwind, stay calm, and start the day with a smile on your face, Headspace deals with real-life issues like stress, overworking and even healthy eating.

    The Daily Meditation

    In just under twenty minutes, this podcast will help you regain balance and go about your day in a calm and happy manner. With daily meditations, seven days a week, you are guaranteed to learn new techniques, which will help you in so many ways, from managing stress during your work day to dealing with feelings of anger and anxiety.

    The Mindful Podcast

    If you’ve never tried mindfulness, it’s a simple form of meditation. It helps you to become present in what is going on, so you can become aware of where you are and what’s going on without feeling overwhelmed.

    The Tapping Solution

    Have you ever heard of Tapping? If not, it’s a holistic healing technique based on Chinese acupressure and modern psychology. It involves tapping with your fingertips on specific endpoints of the body to calm the nervous system and restore the balance of energy. Try using tapping for optimal health!

    Digital Mindfulness

    At a time when our daily lives are saturated with emails, smartphones, and instant communication, this podcast is the key to protecting yourself from becoming digitally overwhelmed. Using a combination of natural and social sciences, the hosts aim to improve your interaction with technology, helping you manage all elements of the digital world, from emailing to dividing your work and personal lives in an effective manner.

     

    Remember, de-stressing and working on your mental health is just one of the ways you can use your Beachcomber Hot Tub! Learn more of the benefits below.

  • Staying Healthy When You’re Short On Time

    Staying Healthy When You’re Short On Time

    When you’re so busy juggling so much and taking care of others, you often become your last priority. Staying fit and healthy doesn’t have to be a time-sink, or a total lifestyle reboot. Finding ways to modify and incorporate healthy choices into your daily routine is easier than you think, and we’ve got a few tips to help get you inspired:

    Easy Healthy Living Tips

    Look For Opportunities In Existing Activities

    It can be as easy as taking the stairs back up to the office after lunch, or walking to pick your kids up from school. There might not be enough time in the day to add something totally new to your routine, so try to find those little changes that make your existing routine healthier.

    Get Outside More

    Want to catch up with a friend? Or spend some time with your family? Instead of sitting down for a chat or watching TV, grab a coffee and head to the park for a nice stroll. You’ll be using the same amount of free time as before, but now, with some fresh air and exercise that will leave you feeling happier and refreshed, in the mix.

    Sleep

    It’s the broken record you’ve been replaying in your head for your entire adult life – the need for more sleep! Listen to your body, and create a nighttime schedule with a realistic bedtime that will afford you more time on the pillow. It’ll change your mood, help you lower stress, and even keep you from over-eating.

    Eat Superfoods (yes, even chocolate!)

    Root vegetables, leafy greens, and complete proteins can easily be added and substituted in simple recipes you are already using. And as a treat, indulge in a little dark chocolate for dessert. Not only does dark chocolate have all sorts of health benefits, letting yourself savour the foods that give you pleasure is one of the healthiest things you can do!

    Use your Beachcomber Hot Tub

    A Beachcomber Hot Tub has been clinically proven to help you de-stress, sleep better, manage weight, and stay active with the mix of heat, massage, and buoyancy taking stress off your joints, and loosening muscles. It’s not just a place for socializing, a hot tub is a place for you to keep yourself looking and feeling your best!

  • How Hot Tubs Help Chronic Pain

    How Hot Tubs Help Chronic Pain

    A hot tub is more than just hot water. It’s scientifically proven to improve your physical well-being. There are three factors at work: heat, massage, and buoyancy. Together, they create an unparalleled therapeutic experience for your whole body, that has proven extremely beneficial for chronic pain sufferers.

    Hydrotherapy Benefits for Chronic Pain

    Heat

    Warm hot tub water raises your body’s temperature, causing blood vessels to dilate and increasing your circulation. What does that mean for pain sufferers? You might not realize it, but heat therapy helps your boy’s cells eliminate damaging wastes, decreases inflammation, and promotes the release of endorphins.

    Buoyancy

    You might feel a little bit lighter as you soak in a hot tub, but did you know that the water actually reduces your body’s weight by 85% – 90% relieving pressure on your joints, ligaments, and muscles. By reducing stress on your body, buoyancy reduces stiffness and promotes easier, pain-free movement and an improved range of motion. This effect is particularly useful in treating arthritis and fibromyalgia.

    Massage

    Hot tub jets deliver streams of water to various parts of your body. Together, they target and relax tight muscles. The effects of consistent use include stronger flexibility, increased circulation, enhanced digestive processes, and a strengthening of your immune system.

     

     

    Remember, consistency is key!  Try for a 20 minute soak every night to maintain the health benefits of your hot tub. Increase the duration of your standard soaking time after activities that exert the muscles, such as a strenuous workout or long periods of driving. And if you’re short on time, shorten the duration of your soak (maybe to 10-15 minutes), but make it a priority to soak regularly.

  • Benefits Of A Hot Tub Foot Massage

    Benefits Of A Hot Tub Foot Massage

    At the end of the day, there’s no part of our bodies that works harder or is more punished than our feet. You often hear people say they can’t wait to “finish the day and put their feet up”, but what about doing more for your feet than just laying them on the sofa?

    When your feet are under stress, blood flow is limited. Plus, depending on your choice of footwear and daily agenda, your muscles and ligaments can be left constricted and inflamed. That’s why it’s so important to your health and happiness to give back to the muscles that keep you upright!

    The Beachcomber Reflex Foot Massager

    A hot tub foot massage drastically improves circulation, transporting oxygen and nutrients to cells as the blood flows to the affected areas. At Beachcomber Hot Tubs, we looked specifically at how we could create a hydrotherapeutic experience that effectively combats foot fatigue. Our team of engineers worked to deliver a massage configuration that delivered professional-grade results. The result is our Reflex Foot Massager!

    Providing intense jetting power to the feet, the Reflex Foot Massage (RFM) fixture fits into our spacious footwell. The upward jetting ensures that you are getting full relief to the one area you really may need it the most.

    As Reflexology shows, your entire body is represented by and connected to your feet, meaning that caring for that part of your body can improve the health and wellness of all of your limbs and organs. While improved mood and increased relaxation are some of the benefits of our Reflex Foot Massage jets, listed below are a few more (you might not expect)!

    Prevents Injuries

    By improving the blood circulation in your foot, RFM jets help with the recovery and strengthening of the muscles in your feet. Adding foot and ankle strengthening exercises and stretching can further prevent injuries and speed up recovery time.

    Lowers Blood Pressure

    High blood pressure has become very common among people in our high stress society. A 10-minute foot massage session three times a week can significantly reduce the stress inflicted upon your body by the effects of high blood pressure and anxiety.

    Helps Relieve Pain from Flat Feet

    People with collapsed arches or flat feet often experience pain after physical activity because of inflammation and ligament damage. Regular deep massages from our RFM jets can help ease or even cure these pains.

  • Hot Tub Health: Achieving Mental Clarity

    Hot Tub Health: Achieving Mental Clarity

    A hot tub is more than just a place for entertainment. For years now, research has shown that frequent hot tub use is a critical building block in sustaining a healthy, happy lifestyle. One of the lesser known benefits of hot tubbing is the impacts on your mental health and clarity – and all it takes is 15 minutes a day!

    Mental Clarity In A Hot Tub

    While stress is unavoidable, what many of us don’t realize is it also inhibits circulations and leads to heightened blood pressure. When we are overly stressed, our hearts work harder and digestion slows down. Nearly every process in the body is negatively affected. Research has even shown that up to 80% of disease is stress related.

    The jets in a Beachcomber Hot Tub are specifically designed to pinpoint major pressure points throughout the body to better stimulate the flow of blood and speed of the body’s processes. This boost in circulation will help your mind and body enter into a state of calmness, and has been clinically shown to reduce anxiety and stress.

    With heat and massage working together, you’ll also create a release of toxins in your body, keeping you feeling healthier and happier than ever. Here are a few of the other mental health benefits of hot tubbing:

    Enhanced sleep:

    Increasing your body temperature from soaking in a hot tub at night, before bed, will help you fall asleep faster.

    Natural headache relief:

    If you suffer from tension headaches, a hot tub can help! Get in your hot tub, relax, perform some deep breathing, and let the hydro-therapeutic action of the hot tub relax the muscles that are creating the tension in your head.

    Provide mental reprieve from physical symptoms

    Whether your ailment is standard post-workout muscle soreness or advanced arthritis, physical pain understandably takes a toll on mental energy. While your body is healing inside the bubbling water of your hot tub, your mind will be freed from thoughts of pain. Use this opportunity to practice letting go of other mentally draining thoughts, such as work worries or routine responsibilities, and just focus on indulging in the solitude of your backyard oasis.

     

    Find your sense of inner peace and live healthier and happier than ever before every single day with a Beachcomber Hot Tub at home!

  • 3 Ways To Naturally Improve Sleep

    3 Ways To Naturally Improve Sleep

    We always want to seize the day, but are you doing enough to really seize the night? If you aren’t, you shouldn’t feel alone. According to the National Sleep Foundation, approximately 132 million Americans suffer from sleep disorders like insomnia more than one night a week. So what are a few of the steps you can take to ensure a good night’s rest? With over 90 known sleep disorders today, we need all the help we can get!

    Natural Solutions For A Better Sleep

    Daily Exercise

    Physical activity has been shown to be very beneficial to your sleep. Exercise increases the quality and duration of sleep by boosting the production of serotonin in the brain and decreasing levels of cortisol, better known as the stress hormone. However, it is important to maintain a moderate-intensity exercise and not overdo it.

    Get On A Schedule

    Most people find that one of the best ways to build out a smooth sleep cycle is by following a schedule. The more consistent you are with your bed and wake-up times, the easier it will be for your body to follow. Your body has it’s own regulatory cycle, so use the most of it.

    Using A Beachcomber Hot Tub

    At night, our body temperatures naturally drop, which signals the production of melatonin, better known as the sleeping hormone. Soaking in a hot tub raises your body temperature, and exiting will more rapidly cool it down, triggering a faster production of melatonin, better preparing your body for sleep. This sensation improves your circulation and helps your body release endorphins that allow you to relax and fall asleep not only faster but also sleep through the night soundly.

     

     

    So, next time you want to watch late-night television, think about the benefits of clearing your body and mind in a Beachcomber Hot Tub before bed instead. Don’t just look at a Beachcomber Hot Tub as an investment into a good time, look at it as an investment into good health, and use it every single day as part of your routine to achieve the best results.

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