• Why Giving Your Feet a Break is the Key to Staying Active

    Why Giving Your Feet a Break is the Key to Staying Active

    With the hours spent Christmas shopping and the overall hustle and bustle of preparing for the holidays, your feet are surely craving a break. But there’s a better way to accomplish this than by lying back and putting your feet up. Research has shown that soaking your feet in hot water for 15 to 20 minutes can do wonders not only for your well-being and mood, but also for alleviating chronic aches and pains – both in your feet and beyond.

    Our feet are what carry us around all day after all. Yet, when it comes to caring for our bodies, they seem to be some of the last parts we consider.

    Looking specifically at how we could create a hydrotherapeutic experience that effectively targets and helps alleviate pain points in this often over-looked part of our bodies, the team at Beachcomber embarked on delivering a massage configuration that would give users all the benefits of a professional foot massage, while enjoying the comforts of being at home.

    Beachcomber Hot Tubs’ Reflex Foot Massage Jets

    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)!

    Improves Circulation
    Although we use our feet to get around all-day long, the muscles in them don’t actually get too much of a workout. This prevents adequate blood flow in your feet, causing pain and stiffness. Adding a 10-20 minute massage session to your daily hot tub soak will greatly improve blood circulation in your feet, as well as cut down on the foot pain experienced in everyday life.

    Prevents Foot and Ankle 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.

     

  • #WorldKindnessDay: Ways to Spread a Little Kindness for the Holidays!

    #WorldKindnessDay: Ways to Spread a Little Kindness for the Holidays!

    With the holidays nearing and the hectic social calendar that they entail, it can be tough to carve out time for yourself. And tougher still to remember to make small gestures that can make a difference in the lives of others. World Kindness Day is today, and one way to celebrate is to do something thoughtful for a friend or loved one, or to reconnect with a friend you haven’t spoken to in a while. Of course, sometimes it’s not friends but strangers who need the most kindness, especially around the approaching holidays.

    Check out this list of 20 random acts of kindness and make a small gesture today that can be paid forward!

     

    • Pay for someone’s groceries behind you in line.
    • Pay for the lunch of people behind you at a fast food restaurant or behind you in the drive thru.
    • Take flowers to the nurse’s station at your local hospital – the nurses will know who needs them most.
    • Donate coloring books and boxes of new crayons to the hospital’s pediatric wing.
    • Take lunch, cookies, or cupcakes to your local fire department and/or police department.
    • Leave extra time in the parking meter or fill an expired or about to expire parking meter.
    • Put change in a row of vending machines.
    • Buy extra groceries for the local food bank.
    • Pick up the tab for a random table at a restaurant.
    • Tape cash or a gift card on a random gas pump.
    • Visit with senior citizens at a nursing home.
    • Hand out gloves and mittens to the homeless or leave them on park benches.
    • Bring coffee to construction workers, police on shift, or anyone working outside.
    • Be understanding of traveling parents with fussy or noisy kids.
    • Help someone load their groceries.
    • Offer to return someone’s shopping cart to the store.
    • Let someone go ahead of you in the checkout line.
    • Give a hot drink to the person ringing the Salvation Army bell.
    • Leave candy canes on the windshields of random cars.
    • Invite someone you suspect will be alone to spend your holiday celebrations with you.

     

    No matter how small the gesture, the significance of an unexpected and thoughtful act will be unforgettable. And by showing kindness to others, whether friends or strangers, you can inspire them to do the same, in the real spirit of #WorldKindnessDay! You can then sit back in the warmth of your Beachcomber tonight, feeling warm and bubbly on the inside as well as the outside.

     

  • End of Daylight Savings: Preparing for Winter!

    End of Daylight Savings: Preparing for Winter!

    When the clocks roll back this Sunday, we’ll gain an hour of sleep. While this may seem like a bonus, parents can attest to the fact that helping children to adjust to the change can be tricky. With kids who have difficulty adjusting to changes in routine, the best method may be to start to prepare in the week leading up to the time change, by pushing bedtimes, wake times, and nap times back 10-15 minutes at a time every few days. Beyond that, there are some steps you can take as a family that will ease everybody into the darker (cozier!) months of winter.

    Try these tips to beat daylight savings fatigue:

     

    Fight the Light

    For the initial adjustment period, consider investing in blackout curtains to block the extra light in the mornings. Make sure the window coverings in your child’s room are drawn tight, as children can be particularly sensitive to light and have a hard time resting through the extra hour of light.

     

    Tire Them Out

    This is where the struggle of adjustment can be fun! Because bedtime will feel like it’s an hour too late, your family’s evening routine might be more difficult. If you wear your kids out with plenty of physical activity in the late afternoon following Daylight Savings, they’ll be less resistant to bedtime and quicker to fall asleep when it rolls around. With temperatures cooling down and the sun setting earlier, outdoor playtime may be harder to come by. But indoor versions can be just as fun and can involve the whole family more than when the kids are outside on their own. Playing tag in the basement before dinner time for example, can ensure some extra energy exertion, as can trying an instructional yoga video together in the living room.

     

    Soak it Away

    The absolute best segue from your indoor yoga attempts, is a soak in your Beachcomber! Whether you choose to do this after physical activity, as a way to calm your muscles, or right before bedtime as a way to relax before sleep, the calming effect of hydrotherapy can help you achieve a deeper and more restful sleep. The caveat with using physical activity to wear out your kids is making sure that you cap it off at least 30 minutes before bedtime, as your child’s mind and body will be in active mode before bed otherwise. The calming warmth of swirling hot tub water can make it easier for that active mode to fade. And everyone will benefit from sharing family time in your Beachcomber!

     

  • Hot Tub Accessories for Safety

    Hot Tub Accessories for Safety

    Fun, laughs, and fond memories aside, enjoying a hot tub also includes the responsibility of keeping safety front of mind. Especially if any of your frequent bathers are small children or older adults, you’ll need to ensure that your tub is set up to ensure their comfort and safety. Proving once again that it can be customized as you see fit, our October Employee Pricing Promo includes accessories that will maximize your safety when soaking. Available now until the end of November, choose these 3 add ons from 12 of our top selling options, and rest easy:

     

    Care Free Water Care System

    Firstly, and foundationally, your hot tub water needs to be well maintained, to provide a safe and comfortable experience for bathers. The CARE FREE™ water care system is an easy to use weekly 4-in-1 system that does away with a host of conditioning products by integrating water clarifiers, enzyme biofilm disruptors, and multi-oxidizing components. This combination lessens the amount of traditional chlorine required, which makes your hot tub water easier on skin. As a beneficial supplement, adding the CLEARTECH™ UVC system will take your water to unparalleled levels of sanitization.

     

    LEEP Step

    Allowing for easy and safe access to your hot tub, the LEEP step is made of durable and element resistant material, allowing guests of all heights and ages to feel welcomed and safe and when you’re hosting.

     

    The Safety Rail

    Our expertly designed safety rail is built to seamlessly attach to your Beachcomber Hot Tub and provide extra safety and security as bathers enter and exit the hot tub. With a swivel and lock feature, as well as a soft blue LED light, this aluminum railing gives short and tall bathers alike a hand to ensure comfortable hot tubbing.

     

  • 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.

     

  • Relief from Arthritis in the Hot Tub

    Relief from Arthritis in the Hot Tub

    It’s no secret that soaking in warm water provides relief of joint pain and muscle soreness. Research has proven that warm water therapy works wonders for all kinds of musculoskeletal conditions, including arthritis, fibromyalgia and low back pain.

     

    Bruce E. Becker, MD, director of the National Aquatics & Sports Medicine Institute at Washington State University in Spokane, points to many reasons why soaking in warm water is effective for arthritis sufferers. It reduces the force of gravity compressing the joint, offers full support for sore limbs, and can decrease swelling and inflammation and increase circulation.

    Patients who Dr. Becker has studied seem to reach a maximum benefit after about 20 minutes of soaking.

    Keeping this in mind, consider these other simple steps to make the most of your next hot tub soak.

     

    Go warm, not hot. Water temperatures between 92 and 100 degrees are a healthy range. If you have cardiovascular problems, beware of water that’s too hot as it can additionally stress the heart.

     

    Keep moving. Since warm water stimulates blood flow to stiff muscles and frozen joints, the hot tub can be an ideal place to do some gentle stretching. To ease low back pain, trap a tennis ball between the small of your back and the bottom or back of the tub, then lean into it and roll it against knotted muscles. The resulting improvement in flexibility can last even after you get out, especially if you stretch upon exiting the tub.

     

    Hydrate! Make sure you drink water both before and after your soak to prevent dehydration. It may be easy to neglect the care you need to take of your insides if you’re distracted by the relief in your joints caused by the surrounding water. Consider setting a reminder alarm on your phone so you don’t forget your post-soak glass of water!

     

    Get salty. Magnesium is a mineral that’s important for bone and heart health. While it’s not advisable to add non-Beachcomber water care solutions to your hot tub water, occasionally supplementing hot tub soaks with regular baths infused with magnesium sulfate crystals, or Epsom salts, can have a beneficial impact on arthritic symptoms as well.

     

     

  • #National Read A Book Day

    #National Read A Book Day

    As the season of pumpkin spiced everything and cozy sweaters nears, it’s time to replace the beach novels on your reading list with some Fall themed reads, in honour of today’s National Read a Book Day!

    Below are 5 book suggestions to get you into the mood of autumn, as you enjoy these from the warmth of your Beachcomber!

     

    Border: A Journey to the Edge of Europe by Kapka Kassabova

    Fall weather is perfect for cozying up indoors, but you can also travel far via the stories you read. For a new adventure, check out Bulgarian-born writer Kapka Kassabova’s Border, in which she revisits the country of her birth decades after the end of Soviet rule.

     

    The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende

    In keeping with the spookiness of fall, check out Isabel Allende’s The House of the Spirits, which can segue nicely into Halloween. This family saga centers on the descendants of Clara del Valle, a Chilean woman with psychic powers, who can predict the misfortunes that will befall her family.

     

    The Miracle of Mindfulness by Thich Nhat Hanh

    Nothing is more relaxing than letting go of past regrets and future worries, and just being in the present moment. The Miracle of Mindfulness reminds us to stop and just be and is a necessary reminder in our technology saturated lives, which makes it a worthy hot tub read.

     

    The Mothers by Brit Bennett

    Fall’s changing leaves create a comforting sense of things being brought full-circle. A circular novel for your list is Brit Bennett’s The Mothers, in which a young woman must return to her hometown and reunite with the best friend and former lover she left behind, who have since become involved with one another.

     

    Uncommon Type by Tom Hanks

    Fall’s nostalgic undertones align with the vintage spirit of a book like Tom Hanks’ Uncommon Type, a collection of short stories tied with a common element: the typewriter.

     

     

     

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