• How to Fight the Winter Blues

    How to Fight 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!

  • Staycation Vs. Vacation

    Staycation Vs. Vacation

    Have you ever felt like you need a vacation from your vacation?

    The stress of vacation.

    If stress-relief and relaxation are your goals for your time away, often “getting away” can become a bigger headache all in and of itself. Before you set foot in your chosen locale, there’s often endless hours of planning, packing, and prepping for you and the family to be all set to go. And while on vacation, many of us are guilty of overstuffing our trips with as many activities as possible.

    It’s no wonder then, that 50% of Americans polled said they need two days to unwind after returning from their vacation, and 50% need more than two days, according to a study from the Families and Work Institute.

    Then there’s the cost:

    According to an American Express Survey, 31% of traveler plan on spending more than $1,000 per person for a week long family holiday. That means that a family of four could be looking at spending at least $4,000 for a quick getaway.

    What’s The Lesson Here?

    A relaxing escape does not have to mean jetting off to an exotic locale. Instead, build the perfect escape at home, and find refuge in it every single day. By investing in a long term, permanent place at home to break your routine, relax, and refresh your body, you’ll be able to enjoy the euphoria of a vacation escape, as part of your daily ritual.

    So this summer, instead of stressing over how to find the time and money to plan an extravagant vacation, spend some time playing closer to home.

    And remember, a high-quality hot tub not only adds to your daily well-being, it can also add to the value of your home, and provide the perfect centrepiece for a dream backyard makeover.

    Check out a few tips on building the perfect backyard oasis to staycate to!

  • How Much Does A Hot Tub Really Cost in 2019

    How Much Does A Hot Tub Really Cost in 2019

    A hot tub is a long-term, life-changing investment. Finding the right model can make all the difference between a hot tub you absolutely love, and one that’s left unused after a few years in your backyard. So how can you shop wisely and confidently for your home spa? 

     

    When it comes to budget, the sticker price of a hot tub only tells you part of the story…

     

    Up-front costs can sometimes leave prospective buyers second guessing their decision, but it’s important to maintain a long-term perspective and the expected lifespan and operational costs of your investment. When you go with a low-budget hot tub, you’re looking at a very short-term, no-frills experience. A Beachcomber Hot Tub, on the other hand, can last 15 to 20 years or longer with proper maintenance and water care.

     

    Hot tubs at or below the $5,000 price point are most often so poorly insulated you’ll end up paying hundreds more each year to operate them than if you invest in a quality construction. That’s why at Beachcomber Hot Tubs, we use the same construction standards and materials across every model.

     

    When it comes to construction, look closely at the insulation, the density of the cover you choose, the pump, and the heaters. Essentially, a high-quality construction is going to be able to maintain and circulate heat at a much, much more efficient rate than a flimsy, poorly insulated cheaper option. More on factors to look for in your hot tub!

     

    First-Time Buyer’s Tip
    When you’re comparing your budgets to the models available, we recommend that you make a list of “must-haves” vs. “nice-to-haves”. These lists will help you understand the available options in the price range.

     

    Many first-time hot tub buyers are unaware of the potential additional costs relating to installation. Depending on the model and location you choose, additional services may be required to ensure a smooth installation from electrical wiring to landscaping. The pre-delivery guide offered by Beachcomber should help guide you in getting a fuller picture of the checkboxes you need to have covered in this process. Be sure to ask your dealer about any items that you are still unclear on and ensure you are not going to be caught off guard by any additional fees.  

    Buy Now & Pay Later With Beachcomber

    We are also proud to offer the opportunity for new owners to set-up a financing structure, with bi-weekly payments as low as $29.00. You can increase the payments at any time if you want to pay off your purchase faster, with zero penalty!

  • 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!

     

  • Why it’s the Perfect Time to Invest in a Cover Removal System

    Why it’s the Perfect Time to Invest in a Cover Removal System

    With the New Year now under way, you may be looking forward to following your New Year’s resolutions. If part of that is better health, deeper sleep, and quicker post-exercise recovery, your Beachcomber hot tub will play a large role in your plan! To make sure that your Beachcomber is also geared up for 2019 resolutions, now is a perfect time to invest in a cover removal system.

    Outside of the hot tub itself, there’s no more important element to your Beachcomber than the cover. A hot tub cover not only keeps your hot tub protected, it keeps your water clean and traps in heat to maintain the energy efficiency.

     

    Our HEATSHIELD™ hot tub covers have been designed with up to 45% more insulating power than standard covers, and include our vacuum-seal construction to ensure that the heat inside your hot tub stays inside. This way you can keep costs down in winter as you enjoy your daily soaks in your Beachcomber’s massaging waters.

    If you have any issues with your back, or are planning on enjoying solo soaks often, one of the best investments you can make into your hot tub is a cover removal system that takes the work out of getting in and out of your hot tub.

    At Beachcomber, we offer a few hot tub cover lifter options to satisfy varying needs and price points.

     

    Beachcomber Hot Tub Cover Lifter Options

     

    AIRLIFT™

    Our AIRLIFT™ Cover Lifter is engineered with aircraft-grade corrosion proof metals, incorporates hydraulic assistance for easy lifting and closing, and provides flexible mounting options for all hot tubs and surroundings.

    A few of the highlights of the design:

    • Quality gas shock assisted hydraulic springs for easy and light lifting
    • Flexible install and mounting options for all sizes of hot tubs, corner radius’ and surrounds
    • Only requires 9” clearance
    • Doesn’t catch HEATSHIELD™ skirt when opening and closing
    • Utilizes locking pin to protect HEATSHIELD™ cover from blowing over
    • 2-step process for quick opening
    • Guaranteed for 2-years

     

    SLIDE ‘N STORE™ X-TREME

    Our SLIDE ‘N STORE™ X-TREME Cover Lifter is designed with a steel plate to utilize the weight of the hot tub to secure the cover lifter in place. Built using high-grade aluminum with integral hydraulic pistons for easy lifting, it provides simple do-it-yourself installation for square, rectangular, and circular shaped hot tubs.

    A few of the highlights of the design:

    • Cradle design provides gentle handling of your HEATSHIELD™ cover
    • Integral hydraulic piston for easy on and off cover lifting
    • Easy installation by slipping under PERMASEAL™ without drilling into hot tub
    • Requires 34” (87 cm) clearance
    • Effortless 3-step process for easy opening
    • Guaranteed for 2-years

     

    SLIDE ‘N STORE PLUS

    Our SLIDE & STORE™ PLUS Cover Lifter is an affordable solution manufactured to provide quick removal of your HEATSHIELD™ cover with minimum effort while in use. The cradle ensures your HEATSHIELD™ is easily lifted without any undue stress and remains suspended without touching the ground.

    A few of the highlights of the design:

    • Cradle design provides gentle handling of your HEATSHIELD™ cover
    • Design utilizes single hydraulic strut and stress-free hinge operation
    • Requires 24” (61 cm) clearance
    • Effortless 3-step process for easy opening
    • Guaranteed for 2-years

     

    LIFT ‘N STORE™ PLUS

    Our LIFT ‘N STORE™ PLUS Cover Lifter utilizes an under-mount lifting design with dual gas springs to assist in your hot tub cover removal, creating a simple vertical lift motion. This system is ideal with hot tubs sunken into decks where space is limited, and only requires 6 in. of clear space to allow for proper installation and operation.

    A few of the highlights of the design:

    • Dual gas spring assisted
    • Requires only 6″ of clearance
    • Mounts to edge of hot tub cabinetry or directly to deck
    • Durable zinc plated and powder coated finish
    • Highest quality stainless steel hardware
    • Guaranteed for 2-years

     

    For more details, please visit our website, and no matter which hot tub cover lifter you purchase, it’s very important that you take the time to follow proper hot tub cover maintenance to keep it looking its best longer. Feel free to drop us a line, or drop into one of our authorized dealers if you want to know more about our hot tub cover removal options.

  • 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.

     

  • Cyber Monday: Tips for Shopping Online

    Cyber Monday: Tips for Shopping Online

    In recent years Cyber Monday has become somewhat of an extension of a week of Black Friday promotions following the American Thanksgiving holiday. Shoppers have more choice – and more chances to save – than ever before. But doing so can take work. And scoring a great deal can’t be the only goal when you sit down at your computer, credit card in hand. With this being the worst time of year for identity theft and computer fraud, you need to stay safe as well.

     

    Below are some tips we’ve gathered for a successful Cyber Monday shopping experience!

     

    1. Bookmark your favourite retailers’ websites

    Bookmarking helps you stay organized when planning your shopping and is particularly useful if you’re looking for holiday gifts for multiple people, to efficiently compare deals on similar products. And to get a sense of what will be most steeply discounted, it’s a good idea to Google previous years’ sales by the same retailers. While deals will vary from year to year, you can make quite reliable predictions, given that electronics, clothing and apparel, and cosmetics are all Cyber Monday stalwarts.

     

    1. Follow retailers on social media

    This can be the best way to stay up to date on late breaking retail promotions. Twitter can be a worthwhile place to look for information about time-limited deals and sales on specific products or product categories. Facebook is better for highly targeted, hopefully relevant offers. Once you follow a retailer’s Facebook page and browse their website with cookies enabled, you’ll likely notice Facebook ads for products like those you’ve already viewed. Pinterest and Instagram are great for visual shoppers who want to see the products they’re considering in context before they buy, but not ideal for deal-hunting, given their brevity.

     

    1. Research shipping and return policies and fees

    Many retailers offer free shipping on Cyber Monday, even if they don’t at other times of year. So unless you have no alternate options for the product you’re considering, you can hold pretty steadfastly to the expectation of free shipping. But make sure that you investigate the return policies as well, and call customer support if they’re unclear online. Any lurking return shipping charges and restocking fees can eat into your potential refund or store credit if you end up regretting your purchase.

     

    1. Set and stick to a firm budget (avoid upselling)

    If you aim to be a savvy shopper this Cyber Monday, you may need to use some self restraint to avoid the lure of add ons or upselling to premium versions of your chosen item(s). And as today is a day of deals, it’s almost inevitable that you’ll be swamped by such offers. As a general rule of thumb, keep your holiday shopping budget on the conservative side. Because try as you might, there’s a good chance you’ll overshoot your projected spending.

     

    1. Avoid sites with poor security practices

    Don’t gamble with your identity. Stay away from retail sites with questionable security practices. You should never enter credit card information on pages that don’t begin with an “https” prefix in the URL. This indicates SSL — an encryption protocol that makes it much more difficult for credit card information and personal data to be compromised during transactions. And if you’re shopping on a mobile device, download your favorite retailers’ verified apps too. Apps downloaded from legitimate sources, such as the Google or Apple Play Stores, are much less likely to pose threats.

     

    1. Shop in incognito or private mode

    Cookies stored on your computer when you browse retail sites can affect the deals or prices that you’re later shown. Shopping in incognito mode isn’t a foolproof way to mask your identity to retailers, but it can make you eligible for deals not available to someone with your browsing or purchasing history.

     

     

  • #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.

     

  • How To De-Stress Naturally

    How To De-Stress Naturally

    Think a hot tub is an unaffordable luxury you can only enjoy on vacation? It’s far more than just a place to entertain and unwind with friends, it’s an unrivalled investment into your personal health and wellness. This is particularly true if you suffer, like so many of us do, from chronic stress in your day-to-day life.

    The physical and mental symptoms of stress manifest is all different sorts of ways. From feeling foggy, agitated, and anxious, to chronic tension and tiredness. More serious issues from untreated high stress levels include heart disease, obesity, and diabetes. Research has even shown that up to 80% of disease is stress related.

    While avoiding stress entirely might not be a realistic possibility, there are management tools that can keep your body and mind on track, especially in the midst of the busy holiday season!

    Using A Hot Tub To Reduce Daily Stress

    A Beachcomber Hot Tub® offers the perfect vehicle for stress-relief in your daily routine. Studies have shown that immersing yourself in warm water, upwards of 102 degrees F, puts your body into a deeply relaxed state. This is partly because of the reaction it creates in your nervous system, helping calm the body in the same methodology of deep meditation.

    For physical tension relief, the water supports upwards of 90% of your total body weight, reliving stress from the joints and muscles and making you feel totally weightless. The massaging FlexJets, meanwhile, reduce stress hormones and promote the natural release of endorphins, which are natural mood elevators and pain killers.

    Not only are hot tubs fun and enjoyable, but they can also help to give you a happier and more pleasant life through relaxation. If you’re interested in learning more about hot tubs, check out our Buyer’s Guide below.

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