• How To Prepare Your Hot Tub Before A Vacation

    How To Prepare Your Hot Tub Before A Vacation

    A hot tub shouldn’t prevent you from getting away from home, and just because you own a property that isn’t your full-time residence doesn’t mean that installing a hot tub is a poor choice if you think it would add to the value of you and your family’s experience there.

    If you’re planning on heading off for a summer getaway, the checklist for your hot tub might just be the easiest part of getting ready to go.

    Here’s a quick crash course on getting your hot tub prepped while you’re away:

    Short Vacation

    For shorter stays away from the house, there are a number of water treatment options available dependent on the duration of your absence from the house that will ensure that your hot tub water and equipment stays healthy and balanced, and ready for when you return.

    Here’s a 4 step rundown of what to do before departure:

    1. Test and balance the alkalinity and hardness level of your water
    2. Clean your filter thoroughly or just replace it with a clean one while you’re away
    3. Add an appropriate amount of sanitizer to your floating dispenser
    4. Shock your water with sanitizer before you leave

    Be sure to secure your cover with hurricane straps. Along with securing your hot tub and keeping dirt from entering your water, this will lower your electricity costs by trapping in the heat.

    Long Vacation

    For longer vacations of over 7 days, it’s extremely important that you take the time to prepare your hot tub correctly.

    1. Test and balance the alkalinity and hardness level of your water
    2. Clean your filter thoroughly or just replace it with a clean one while you’re away
    3. Add an appropriate amount of sanitizer to your floating dispenser. If you can, ask a neighbour to come by every few days to add in a few appropriate chemicals
    4. Shock your water with sanitizer before you leave
    5. Drop the temperature of your hot tub to the lowest possible setting to cut down on electricity costs

    By following these simple steps, you’ll have a happy, healthy hot tub when you return.

    For extended stays away, draining the hot tub prior to departure might be the best option. You should drain and fill at least 3 or 4 times a year anyways, so you can use this as an opportunity to ensure you have fresh, safe water after you return.

    So even if you’re a big traveler, owning and maintaining a hot tub should never keep you from going on new adventures. Just do the proper preparation and you’ll have your own private vacation you can escape to every single day ready in your own backyard when you return.

  • Study: Hot Baths (Not Ice Baths) After Exercise Yield Performance Benefits

    Study: Hot Baths (Not Ice Baths) After Exercise Yield Performance Benefits

    Have you ever seen a video of high-performance athletes jumping into a bathtub full of ice and think…what is that really all about?

    For years, many athletes have sworn by the benefits of quickly immersing themselves into cold, icy water, in the belief that it speeds up bodily recovery.

    Well, according to a study from the Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports, swapping the extreme cold for a soothing, hot bath might be the way to go.

    Among the findings, soaking in warm water was shown to stimulate performance-boosting heat adaptations that mimic how the body adjusts to hot weather.

    Why Take A Hot Tub After Exercising

    By soaking in warm water following training, you are helping your body’s sweat rate increase, your core temperature drop, and you will stimulate increased blood flow to your heart.

    These three effects taken together, according to researchers, help enhance your body’s physical performance, particularly in warmer weather conditions.

    If you are in the midst of winter training for a spring or summer event, warm hot tub soaks can have even more paybacks, as you are readying your body to perform and adapt in warmer conditions.

    So keep the ice where it belongs…in your next margarita! And enjoy a nice, soothing Beachcomber soak to keep your body prepped for your next training session.

    It is very important to note that staying hydrated whenever you do any form of strenuous exercise should be priority number one. Many experts recommend waiting at least 30 minutes after exercising before soaking in a hot tub, and we at Beachcomber agree. Give your body time to cool down and hydrate before you enter into your hyrotherapeutic session.

  • University Study: Hot Tubs Can Lower Blood Pressure 10% More Than 60 Minutes of Exercise

    University Study: Hot Tubs Can Lower Blood Pressure 10% More Than 60 Minutes of Exercise

    With so many cultures and practitioners swearing by the benefits of regular hot baths, researchers at Loughborough University decided to investigate.

    Their study looked at the effect of a hot bath on blood sugar control and on the number of calories burned with a group of 14 men partaking in the experiment. The men were assigned to soak in a hot bath or partake in an hour of cycling.

    Lowering Blood Pressure With A Hot Tub

    While cycling resulted in more calories being burned, soaking in the hot water resulted in as many calories being burned as a half-hour walk and the peak blood sugar after eating was 10% lower when participants took a hot bath compared to when they exercised. 

    The study also suggested that repeated passive heating, from soaking in hot water, contributes to reducing chronic inflammation.

    While the health benefits of hot tubs remains a relatively new field of research, the results that have emerged in past few years have been exciting to say the least.

    In addition to the cardiovascular benefits of passive heating, there is evidence that regular hot tub soaking may also have beneficial metabolic effects. A study from Colorado’s McKee Medical Centre that looked at the effect of hot tub therapy in patients diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, showed improvements in body weight, blood sugar control, and reduced insulin dependance!

    For the full study from Loughborough University
    McKee Medical Centre Study


  • How To Turn Your Backyard Into An Everyday Vacation Spot

    How To Turn Your Backyard Into An Everyday Vacation Spot

    Warm weather, a change of scenery, and a few days to relax – there’s a reason we wait all year for a vacation! But with so much build up, it’s often hard for family vacations to live up to all the hype.

    According to a 2013 American Express Survey, the average vacation for a family of four in the United States costs $4,580! Skip ahead to 2017, and the cost is only going up.

    That’s a ton of money to spend, and while vacations are an important way to bring your family closer together, they only last for a short period of time before you settle back into your daily routine. That’s why a growing number of people are taking steps to make their own backyards as exciting and luxurious as any tropical vacation destination. Creating a backyard oasis featuring a hot tub can create enjoyment for the whole family for years and years.

    Here’s Why You Might Want To Consider Investing In A Hot Tub Instead: 


    Avoid The Stress Of Travel

    Escalating costs due to hidden fees, duties and taxes more often than not result in our travel budgets going out the window, no matter how well thought out your trip might be. The stress of travelling with children and with connecting flights can take the fun out of any vacation, even once you’ve arrived. By installing a hot tub and dressing up your backyard, you’ll be able to get the benefits of relaxation you anticipate at your destination, without having to go anyway at all!

    77% of hot tub owners see their hot tub as one of the few places they are able to de-stress.

    Year-Round Enjoyment

    Spending more quality time with your family at home is proven to enhance your physical and mental well-being and give you the opportunity to re-connect with your loved ones. Adding a hot tub to your backyard is the kind of investment that will provide this enjoyment and bonding year-round, instead of just for a week or two.When planning out your backyard oasis, no matter the size, try to carve out different activity zones within the space so that you are able to lounge, dine, and enjoy the natural surroundings as much as possible.


    Investing Rather Than Spending

    Installing a hot tub is one home improvement that can pay for itself. Not only does it help you reconnect as a family, but it also adds value to your home. Building out more outdoor spaces to entertain and connect can also add to your home’s market value, including an outdoor kitchen space and covered gazebos that you can use as outdoor living rooms.

    Other amenities that can layer on the ambiance include fountains, fire pits, and durable all season furnishings.



    Voila! Your next destination is only a few steps outside your back-door!

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  • 4 Ways A Hot Tub Improves The Condition Of Your Skin

    4 Ways A Hot Tub Improves The Condition Of Your Skin

    Soaking in a hot tub is a wonderful way to keep your body healthy, but did you also know it can play a big role in helping you achieve and maintain glowing skin? Soaking in warm water does wonders for your complexion, whether you are looking to tighten up the look of your skin, clear up spots, or find a way to deal with dryness.


    Here Are The 4 Ways Hot Tubs Give Your Skin A Boost:


    Eliminates Toxins

    A big benefit of regular hot tub soaks is the improvements it creates for your body’s circulation. This is not only great for your muscles, but also has major pay-offs for your skin. The increased blood flow helps eliminate harmful toxins your body accumulates and allows your cells to shed excess waste, which will show on your skin!

    Opens Your Pores

    How often do you hear about how receptive your skin is to both treatment and healing when your pores are open? Regular soaks in a hot water with rising steam will open up your pores and help you maintain a clear, healthy glow.

    Eliminates Stress Which Can Trigger Breakouts 

    We all know what too much stress (at any age) can do to our complexion. Hot tubs have been shown, time and time again, to be optimal environments for reducing stress by helping our bodies naturally release endorphins and enter into a meditative state.

    Acts As A Deep Cleanser

    When your body perspires, it helps wash away dead skin and bacteria, while flooding skin with essential nutrients and minerals to maintain collagen structure, avoid wrinkling, and even help you fight acne.


    Remember though, to see the most positive effects from your hot tub soaks for your complexion, try not to stay in longer than 30 minutes at a time. Any longer than this will put you at risk for dehydrating your skin.

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