• Health Benefits of Working Out in Water

    Health Benefits of Working Out in Water

    When it comes to workouts and soaking in a hot tub, you most often hear about the benefits of using it before or after an exercise session as a way to loosen and soothe tired muscles. But did you know a hot tub or pool itself offers a great space for getting in your daily workout, loaded with benefits not possible outside of it?

    Why Work Out In Water

    Buoyancy

    By submerging yourself in water, your body isn’t forced to exert as much energy when exercising. Unlike other environment, a hot tub provides a “soft” environment for workouts. Not only do you not have to worry about falling, as the water supports the body in every position, but the water also helps alleviate the feelings of fatigue because it’s supporting so much of the body’s weight. In addition, flexibility results due to the wider range of motion the body can achieve due to the absence of gravity acting on the joints.

    Stress Relief

    Like any regular exercise, hot tub workouts are great stress relievers. The exercise stimulates the brain to release chemicals that make the body feel good. When performing hot tub exercises in warmer water temperatures, the movement of water against and over the body results in both massage and relaxation. This calming effect can decrease, or eliminate the pain resulting from a workout.

    No Other Equipment Necessary

    Due to the resistance of water, hot tub workouts in just waist or chest high water is quite effective for weight loss, cardio and strength training.

    Burns Even More Calories

    Sounds too good to be true, right? Studies have shown even just laying in your Beachcomber Hot Tub, burns as many calories as going out for a short walk. Add in a few low-impact exercises, and you’ll have taken a big step in living healthier and happier every single day. Here’s 5 Hot Tub Exercises To Try Now!

    Enjoy the perfect place to stay fit all year long!

     

  • How To Stay Sun-Safe This Summer

    How To Stay Sun-Safe This Summer

    It’s the best time of the year in North America. The time we get to live outside, and enjoy the beautiful weather and long, sunny days. But just because you enjoy the sun, doesn’t mean your skin or body does. As you get ready for the weekend, remember the following tips below.

    Staying Sun-Safe Outdoors

    Wear (and reapply) Sunscreen

    Put sunscreen on at least 15 minutes before you step outside and reapply throughout the day as needed. Remember, SPF numbers work based on how long it takes you to personally burn due to the harmful UV rays. If your skin burns quickly when exposed to the sun, buy a high number SPF.

    If you are planning on enjoying a cooled down Beachcomber Hot Tub soak or a dip in the pool, remember to invest in a waterproof sunscreen that keeps your skin protected.

    Stay Hydrated

    The more your body heats up, the more you need to keep yourself hydrated. Before you step outside, make sure to drink a full glass of water, and have a bottle with you in your bag. Listen to your body, and when you feel it’s getting too hot, take a break from the sun.

    Create Shade

    Any well designed outdoor space includes shaded zones. We often ask owners about their installation plans for their new hot tubs, and we always enjoy them to find a spot with a level of shade or invest in a large umbrella that provides flexible shading when the sun’s rays are too strong. Permanent backyard solutions include a pergola or gazebo. On a more individual level, slap on a hot! It’s best to wear a wide-brimmed one, so you’re covered from every angle. A baseball cap might keep the sun from your eyes, but it doesn’t protect your neck, ears or face.

    Plan your time in your hot tub or pool

    Remember, the sun is strongest between 10 am – 4 pm, so try to avoid being out too long during these times. It’s best to enjoy your hot tub in the earlier morning, or in the evening and night, to avoid exposure to an excess of UV rays. Don’t spend too much time in it at once. 15 minutes is all you need to get your daily therapeutic boost.

  • Benefits of working out in a hot tub

    Benefits of working out in a hot tub

    We often hear about the benefits of jumping in a hot tub before and after a workout, but what about working out while bathing in a hot tub? Light stretching and exercise while soaking in your Beachcomber Hot Tub can help you extend and accelerate your workouts.

    This style of exercise is great for everyone from athletes to seniors. It’s low impact and can easily be tailored to match your abilities.

     Tips for a hot tub workout:

    1. Go slow through each of your stretches and exercises. The resistance of the water will make up for the speed of your workout.
    2. Double your normal amount of reps. Your body isn’t forced to exert as much energy when working under water because of the water’s buoyancy.
    3. Be sure you’re balanced while doing any of these exercises, this will help you stabilize your movements.
    4. Avoid holding static stretches in cool water.
    5. Drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration.

    Working out in a Beachcomber Hot Tub can effectively strengthen your muscles, shape your curves, and lose weight. There’s never been an easier or more comfortable way to shed pounds!

    Remember to always stay hydrated before, during, and after enjoying your Beachcomber Hot Tub!

       

      July 12, 2018 By Beachcomber Life Health Wellness
    • Staying Sun-Safe in a Hot Tub

      Staying Sun-Safe in a Hot Tub

      While you’re enjoying the summer, it’s extremely important to make sure you’re taking the steps necessary to protect yourself from the sun. Skin exposure without protection can lead to serious long-term effects, and too much heat can cause sunstroke.

      A few simple tips for staying sun-safe in your hot tub:

      Plan your time in your hot tub

      Remember, the sun is strongest in the late morning and afternoon, so try to avoid being out in your hot tub during these times. It’s best to enjoy your hot tub in the earlier morning, or in the evening and night, to avoid exposure to an excess of UV rays. Don’t spend too much time in it at once. 15 minutes is all you need to get your daily therapeutic boost.

      Create Shade

      We often ask owners about their installation plans for their new hot tub, and we always encourage them to find a spot that provides a level of shade, or to invest in a large umbrella that can provide a flexible level of protection when the sun is too strong. Permanent solutions include a pergola or gazebo, while a quality patio umbrella or shade sail can give you the option to keep your hot tub open to the night sky or early morning breeze, with protection when you need it.

      Sunscreen! Sunscreen! Sunscreen!

      As with all outdoor summertime activities, if you plan on using your hot tub during the day always remember to apply and re-apply a waterproof sunscreen that can keep your skin protected. Just remember that this might add to the maintenance required for your hot tub water. Put the sunscreen on at least 15 minutes before, and re-apply the sunscreen after you’re done in the hot tub if you plan on staying out in the sun.

      Stay Hydrated

      The more your body heats, the more need you to keep yourself hydrated. Before you get into your hot tub, make sure to drink a full glass of water, and bring out a bottle or two to sip on as you soak. Listen to your body, and when you feel it’s getting too hot, it’s time to get out and step back inside or under the shade.

    • Your Hot Tub Yoga Guide

      Your Hot Tub Yoga Guide

      What’s better than a calming, healing yoga session? How about one in the comfort of your Beachcomber Hot Tub! If you’ve ever been interested in trying out yoga, but were worried about the impacts of the pressure and weight on your joints, hot tub yoga might be the perfect solution for you.

      Why? The natural buoyancy of water in your hot tub takes pressure off your joints, reducing the impact and alleviating pain and discomfort. Warm water also helps sooth muscles, enhancing your flexibility and making your yoga poses more effective, even as a beginner.

      Here are a few of the most important benefits of hot tub yoga:

      Increased Flexibility

      Hot tub water naturally gets your blood flowing and helps loosen tense muscles. Plus, in water, your body doesn’t have to do as much to fight gravity as you hold onto your yoga poses.

      Strengthens Your Muscles

      Yoga is a low-impact, full-body exercise, making it a fantastic way to build strength no matter your age or athletic ability. Yoga in water is even less strenuous on your body, and makes a fantastic outlet for building up strength and staying in shape.

      Relieves Pain

      Aquatic yoga helps relieve pressure on your major joints, tendons, and ligaments, which makes it completely accessible and safe for practitioners of all ages and physical strengths.

      Ready to get started? Here’s a few of our favourite poses:

       

      The Wave

      Hot Tub yoga wave post

      Difficulty: Beginner  

      We call this pose the wave, as it will make your latissimus dorsi and oblique muscles as limber as the waves in the ocean.

      How to do this pose:

      Stand in the foot well of your hot tub with your feet shoulder-length apart. Lift your left arm up to the sky while slowly bending to the right and look up at your left hand. Repeat 3 times on each side.

      Crescent Moon

       Hot Tub Yoga crescent moon pose

      Difficulty: Intermediate

      Bow your body like a crescent moon to stretch the muscles in your abdominals.

      How to do this pose:

      Stand up in the footwell of your Beachcomber. Start with your hands on either side of you body, slow reach up and place your hands together above your head. Slowly arch your back imagining there is a string pulling your chest towards the sky. Be very careful not to over-exert your back. Not recommended for those with lower back problems.

      Palm Tree

       

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      Difficulty: Beginner

      Place your foot on your other leg’s upper thigh and stretch your arms above your head to complete the Palm Tree position.

      How to do this pose:

      Stand up in the footwell of your hot tub. Start this stretch by lifting one leg up and bending it so that your foot reaches your other thigh. Follow this by placing your hands above your head and clasping them together. Once complete, hold the position for a few minutes and then repeat with the other leg. To make the most of this stretch, lift your foot as far as you possibly can up your other leg. Another point on this position is to attempt to keep your back straight throughout the full duration of the stretch.

      Half Boat

       

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      Difficulty: Intermediate

      Make a 90 degree angle with your chest and legs to work your abdominal and leg muscles.

      How to do this pose:

      Sit down in a comfortable position in your Beachcomber. Start this pose by sliding down in the seat, just enough so that your chin is right above the water line. Once done, adjust your rear so that you’re able to comfortably lift your legs. To fully take advantage of this exercise, be sure to lift your legs enough that it allows your feet to breach the water or just until you feel the stretch. This position can be tough on the back, so be aware not to overwork your body.

    • Adding a Hot Tub Soak to Your Outdoor Cardio Routine

      Adding a Hot Tub Soak to Your Outdoor Cardio Routine

      With the arrival of warm weather, the great outdoors may be beckoning to you, with promises of making your workout routine more interesting. If you’ve spent the winter running on a treadmill, however, there will certainly be some adjustment for your body when you attack the trails, with muscle soreness almost guaranteed.

      By incorporating a hot tub into your outdoor routine, you can maximize the benefits of hydrotherapy to ease your transition to outdoor cardio. There is often some debate around when the ideal time to soak is (before an outdoor run, shortly afterwards, or with a delay). What you ultimately decide works best for you will come down to personal preference, but there are some general guidelines to observe to stay safe.

      Consider these tips when incorporating hot tub soaking into your cardio routine:

       

      Soak Before. A short pre-exercise hot tub soak can make the run more pleasant, especially on a cold day, because it increases blood flow to your legs. Remember that you’ve already started sweating when you soak, and be sure keep hydrated.

      Soak Immediately after. This is the time to play it cool. Applying ice or cold water is the best move, as this will limit blood flow to the inflamed muscles so they’ll feel better fast. Heat would keep them inflamed, and continued sweating would keep you dehydrated.

      Soak 36-48 Hours Later. You’ll get maximum benefits from the hot tub by soaking 36 to 48 hours after an intense outdoor cardio session (soaking sooner is fine after shorter runs). By then, the inflammation is subsiding and the increased blood flow will stimulate healing for your damaged muscles. Plus, it’s a great reward for your racing success.

      Not only can your hot tub serve double duty as your warm up and post-workout relaxation space, but you can bring your workout into the water as well! For anyone with joint pain or sports injuries, combining therapeutic exercises with the soothing heat and buoyancy of the water can reap great rewards.

      Back and Leg Lifts

      Strengthening your legs and hips can help to improve balance, add support to your back muscles, and decrease the risk of injury during outdoor runs. Stand up in your hot tub, using the walls or lip of the tub for support, and extend your leg outward and to the side. Loosen up your hips by bringing your knees up one at a time, as close to your chest as you can, then lower and extend them behind you. Repeat each exercise in sets of 3, with 10 to 15 repetitions to start, building in number and frequency as you grow stronger.

      Aerobics

      You can also add an aerobic, cardio-focused component to your hot tub workout with bicycle kicks, alternating this with your more intense outdoor runs. Sit in the hot tub with your legs toward the center, hold the edge of the seat with both hands, and elevate your legs, keeping them in the water. Make a pedaling motion as if you’re riding a bicycle. Pedal for 30 seconds, alternating speeds for a better workout, then take a break and repeat as desired.

      Remember: Soak, run, ice, soak later. You’ll be warmed up, you’ll run at your prime, you’ll cool down in the safest way, and you’ll look forward to a blissful recovery in your Beachcomber!

       

    • 5 Simple Tricks to Stay Fit

      5 Simple Tricks to Stay Fit

      It seems there is never enough time to fit all that you’d like to do into a day. But scanning headlines to get your current events isn’t the only time saving hack available. If the minimum recommended amount of exercise (30 minutes, five days a week) seems tricky to nail down, realize that it doesn’t have to be done consecutively! In fact, incorporating short 10-minute bouts or “mini workouts,” among your regular activities, might even be more effective than a sustained session, according to a study from Arizona State University.

       

      Check out these five ways to seamlessly fit exercise into your busy day.

       

      1.  Meetings on the move

      Don’t think that a lunchtime spin class is the only way to incorporate some exercise into your work day. If your days are long and chock full of meetings, consider taking those meetings outside. If no visual aids or presentations are required, you can have the discussion en route to/from the closest coffee shop instead. Even doing laps around the building while you strategize can be an effective use of time.

      2.  Turn your errands into exercise

      The mall is a great place to quickly cover lots of ground, and accumulate your 10-minute exercise bout in no time! Make sure to park far away, so the parking lot trek can count toward your steps. If you have appointments located close enough together that you can walk, plan accordingly and leave the car at home (enjoy the added bonus of not needing to hunt for parking!) And when faced with an escalator, ALWAYS take the stairs.

      3.  Commercial break crunches

      Kick the couch potato time up a notch by doing a short circuit of callisthenics such as lunges, push-ups, and crunches for full-body toning, during commercial breaks. If streaming your shows commercial free, you can do this during the slow parts instead, or make your own timed breaks.

      4.  Socialize outside

      Exercising lightly while catching up with a friend makes the activity more enjoyable, plus is an efficient use of time. Swap your next post-work cocktails for a stroll in the park with coffees. Your liver will thank you, you’ll get your steps in, and you’ll likely sleep more soundly. It’s a win-win all around.

      5.  Meditate before bed

      If meditation seems impossible – and it is much harder than you might think to silence your thoughts! – you can light some candles and try some easy yoga stretches to calm your body and mind before bed. And for the ultimate relaxation experience, slip into the hot tub right afterwards to drain the stress of the day and ease any muscle tension.

    • 5 HEALTH BENEFITS OF A HOT TUB

      5 HEALTH BENEFITS OF A HOT TUB

      A Beachcomber Hot Tub is not only a great way to spend quality time with family and friends and unwind after a long day, studies have shown it also offers a number of mental and physical health benefits that can do wonders for improving your overall quality of life.

      Here are a few of the ways a Beachcomber Hot Tub can have you feeling healthier & happier:

      Improves Your Mood

      Submerging your body in hot tub water naturally triggers the release of endorphins as the heat helps boost circulation. Endorphins are our natural happiness makers, and induce feelings of easiness and comfort that enhance our mental states.

      Relieves Muscle Pain

      Hot tub water gets your blood moving, and improved circulation works wonders for muscle pain. Not only does this help in your body’s natural healing processes, but the added therapeutic benefits of jet propulsion help alleviate tension in your body and get you recovered and ready for your next workout session. It’s best not to hot tub directly after exercising however, as your body needs time to cool down to avoid inflammation.

      Burns Calories

      That’s right! Not only are hot tubs great pre-and-post working out, they also serve as a mini-workout in themselves. Sounds too good to be true, right? While laying in your Beachcomber Hot Tub is not a substitute for a cardio session and should not give you the excuse to be less active in your everyday life, a hot tub soak has been shown to burn as many calories as going out for a short walk.

      Helps You Sleep Soundly

      At night, our body temperatures naturally drop, which signals the production of melatonin, better known as the sleeping hormone. Soaking in a warm bath will raise your body temperature, and exiting will more rapidly cool it down, triggering a more faster production of melatonin, better preparing your body for sleep.

      Lowers Blood Pressure

      When your body is submerged in a hot tub, it increases your blood flow, which means an increased supply of oxygen, antibodies, and white blood cells pumping through your body. The warmth causes blood vessels to dilate (or expand) and resistance on the heart is lessened, leading to an overall lowering of blood pressure. We do recommend however, if you have chronic heart issues, please consult a doctor prior to using a hot tub to be safe.

       

      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.

       

    • Springtime Exercise and Soothing Sore Muscles

      Springtime Exercise and Soothing Sore Muscles

      This time of year usually involves a familiar pattern: winter hibernation gives way to a suddenly sunny spring, and you find yourself trying to make quick progress on your fitness goals for the summer. As you ramp up your workouts and take advantage of more opportunities for outdoor exercise, don’t forget about the second half of the equation – rehabilitating your sore muscles in the wake of all your increased activity.

      As you plan for and track your body’s cycles of stress and recovery through exercise, strategic hot tub soaking can enhance your workouts and your progress towards a healthier body and lifestyle.

      Check out the following Do’s and Don’ts before you make your spring fitness master plan!

       

      What to Do?

      • Consider soaking in your hot tub for 10-20 minutes before your workout, to loosen up your muscles before exertion. Soaking both before and after any high intensity activity can help prevent injury.

       

      • Plan accordingly to incorporate rest and recovery phases into your workout schedule. It’s best to alternate heat and cold therapy (soaking in your hot tub vs. occasional cold showers) to promote healing.

       

      • Be careful to wait until your heart rate has slowed down and your muscles have cooled a bit before plunging into the hot water. Therapeutic hot tub water will increase blood flow and circulation, helping your tired muscles recover and build, and the mix of heat and jet pressure soothes soreness and muscle tension, minimizing post-workout pain.

       

      • Hydrate before your workout and often during it. Plan to drink even more water if you’ll be soaking in your hot tub post-workout.

       

      • Think of the well-earned post workout jet massage as preparing you for the next phase of your fitness journey, and reap the mental benefits of relaxing in swirling hot water.

       

      What Not to Do?

      • Neglect your limits and push too hard. This is never a good approach, but particularly if done early in your fitness journey, can also have a discouraging effect and prevent you from sticking to your fitness resolution or progressing.

       

      • Neglect to stretch before a workout or starting too quickly when your muscles are still cool and stiff. Even if you feel like you’re getting the hang of an increased activity level, not taking enough care with stretching is likely to lead to injury.

       

      • Hydrate insufficiently. Your body’s natural process of sweating during exercise and in the warmth of the hot tub needs to be counterbalanced by drinking more water than you may be used to.

       

      • Miss out on the benefits of a hot tub! This is a “Don’t” that you can easily avoid when you decide that owning a hot tub will be complementary to your fitness journey. Take the first step towards this investment, by checking out our hot tub Buyer’s Guide…

       

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