• How a Hot Tub Can Help You Keep Your New Year’s Resolution

    How a Hot Tub Can Help You Keep Your New Year’s Resolution

    With 2019 now well under way, it may be a good time to check in with yourself on your New Year’s resolution progress. It’s also a good time to reflect on the fact that not all resolutions have to involve giving something up. In fact, by making your hot tub a pivotal part of any New Year’s resolutions for health, you can add a wellness routine that keeps giving back. By taking advantage of your hot tub, in combination with your diet and exercise goals, you will likely find it easier to achieve improved wellness this year. If your resolution involves losing weight and you pair improved nutrition with more regular exercise, consider a pre-workout soak in your Beachcomber. If done in the morning, this can also be a great time to focus on your goals and plan for the day ahead. Enjoying a post-workout soak can serve as an impactful reward for following through on your regular commitment to exercise.

    Some Tips for Sticking to Your New Year’s Resolution:

     

    Write your resolution down

    The first mistake can be not recording your resolution. Writing it down will help you prioritize your vow for the new year and prevent you from falling back into bad habits.

     

    Do all you can to make your resolution into a daily habit

    Try to format your resolution in a way that allows you to make daily steps (however small) towards achieving it.

     

    Make your resolution something you are passionate about

    If your New Year’s resolution focuses on something you are passionate about improving, you’re much more likely to follow through with it than if your motivator for change were guilt.

     

    Be sure to tell someone close to you about your resolution

    Peer pressure can be a valuable motivator in sticking to your New Year’s resolution. Friends and family checking in can be a useful counter against cravings or reluctance to work out.

     

    Celebrate your milestones

    Reward yourself (perhaps monthly), for sticking with your plan. Maintaining a positive outlook and recognizing your determination will help you stay on track.

     

    Equip yourself for success

    If living healthier and happier is the focus of your resolution, make sure you have what you need to be successful. A hot tub not only soothes and relieves post workout muscle pain and tension, it also alleviates stress and anxiety, and helps you sleep soundly. Your relationships can also benefit from regular social soaks and family time in your Beachcomber, contributing toward your overall mental health and happiness!

     

  • Escaping the Winter Blues

    Escaping the Winter Blues

    If the winter months have you feeling particularly blah, don’t despair! Taking a tropical vacation is not the only way to get away, when you invest in a daily hot tub escape.

    Winter blues are usually caused by a combination of missing the energizing effect of longer days of sunlight and feeling stir crazy with less opportunities for getting outdoors in the cold. Combat this with the year-round outdoor retreat that a hot tub in your yard can provide.

    In addition to giving you a reason to get up off the couch and into fresh air, winter time hot tub soaking will rejuvenate you, improving both your health and your temperament.

     

    The following health benefits of hot tub soaking will help keep the winter blues at bay:

     

    1) Balancing 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.

     

    2) Achieving 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.

     

    3) 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.

     

    4) Opportunity for meditation

    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 during moments of stress in your day.

     

    And just remember to stay mindful of your water temperature and level during the winter months, for maximum energy efficiency..

     

    Water Temperature

    The idea that you’ll save money by raising and lowering the temperature of your hot tub water in the winter months is a misconception. In fact, the colder it gets, the longer it takes for your hot tub to heat up. This means that it’s more economical to leave the water at a constant temperature, which will also keep the water from freezing in the pipes. And of course, make sure to cover your tub as soon as you’ve finished soaking, to seal in the heat.

     

    Water Level

    If you don’t use your hot tub every day, make sure to check the water levels regularly. Should they drop too low, the pumps and heater may stop working, which can cause the water to freeze.

     

    Experiencing any such winter-related issues would certainly NOT help in fighting the winter blues!

     

  • Cardiovascular Benefits of Hot Tubbing

    Cardiovascular Benefits of Hot Tubbing

    Taking some time to consider how to optimize your cardiovascular is important first step when looking at improving your health. Although there are many steps you can take to enhance your overall health, this article explains the specific benefits that bathing in a hot tub has for your cardiovascular health.

    Health Benefits of a Hot Tub

    1. Lowers Your Blood Pressure

    This is one of the most important benefits that soaking in your hot tub can have for your cardiovascular health. Warm blood comes closer to your skin’s surface which lowers your heart rate. It’s important to immerse your body as deep as possible to provide the best possible circulation for your body.

     

    1. Stress Relief

    Stress is a natural reaction inside your body to different environmental and psychological stimuli.  A small amount of stress can help you maintain a healthy nervous system. But if you’re experiencing too much stress, it can cause your blood pressure to rise and result in many debilitating illnesses. The good news is that you can manage and reduce stress with 20-30 minutes of massage and hydrotherapy in a hot tub.

     

    1. Increases your Circulation

    The warm water will raise your body temperature to a point that it makes your blood vessels dilate, therefore improving your circulation. This also helps your blood vessels shed waste and become much healthier.

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