• 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!

     

  • 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!

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