• Adding a Hot Tub Soak to Your Outdoor Cardio Routine

    Adding a Hot Tub Soak to Your Outdoor Cardio Routine

    With the arrival of warm weather, the great outdoors may be beckoning to you, with promises of making your workout routine more interesting. If you’ve spent the winter running on a treadmill, however, there will certainly be some adjustment for your body when you attack the trails, with muscle soreness almost guaranteed.

    By incorporating a hot tub into your outdoor routine, you can maximize the benefits of hydrotherapy to ease your transition to outdoor cardio. There is often some debate around when the ideal time to soak is (before an outdoor run, shortly afterwards, or with a delay). What you ultimately decide works best for you will come down to personal preference, but there are some general guidelines to observe to stay safe.

    Consider these tips when incorporating hot tub soaking into your cardio routine:

     

    Soak Before. A short pre-exercise hot tub soak can make the run more pleasant, especially on a cold day, because it increases blood flow to your legs. Remember that you’ve already started sweating when you soak, and be sure keep hydrated.

    Soak Immediately after. This is the time to play it cool. Applying ice or cold water is the best move, as this will limit blood flow to the inflamed muscles so they’ll feel better fast. Heat would keep them inflamed, and continued sweating would keep you dehydrated.

    Soak 36-48 Hours Later. You’ll get maximum benefits from the hot tub by soaking 36 to 48 hours after an intense outdoor cardio session (soaking sooner is fine after shorter runs). By then, the inflammation is subsiding and the increased blood flow will stimulate healing for your damaged muscles. Plus, it’s a great reward for your racing success.

    Not only can your hot tub serve double duty as your warm up and post-workout relaxation space, but you can bring your workout into the water as well! For anyone with joint pain or sports injuries, combining therapeutic exercises with the soothing heat and buoyancy of the water can reap great rewards.

    Back and Leg Lifts

    Strengthening your legs and hips can help to improve balance, add support to your back muscles, and decrease the risk of injury during outdoor runs. Stand up in your hot tub, using the walls or lip of the tub for support, and extend your leg outward and to the side. Loosen up your hips by bringing your knees up one at a time, as close to your chest as you can, then lower and extend them behind you. Repeat each exercise in sets of 3, with 10 to 15 repetitions to start, building in number and frequency as you grow stronger.

    Aerobics

    You can also add an aerobic, cardio-focused component to your hot tub workout with bicycle kicks, alternating this with your more intense outdoor runs. Sit in the hot tub with your legs toward the center, hold the edge of the seat with both hands, and elevate your legs, keeping them in the water. Make a pedaling motion as if you’re riding a bicycle. Pedal for 30 seconds, alternating speeds for a better workout, then take a break and repeat as desired.

    Remember: Soak, run, ice, soak later. You’ll be warmed up, you’ll run at your prime, you’ll cool down in the safest way, and you’ll look forward to a blissful recovery in your Beachcomber!

     

  • Planning the Perfect Hot Tub Party

    Planning the Perfect Hot Tub Party

    This weekend calls for sunshine and a colourful opportunity for celebration, with Cinco de Mayo falling on Saturday. If you have a hot tub to boot, you’re certainly winning at life. And the planning details needed to throw the perfect outdoor party can be as easy-breezy as seabreeze blue margaritas…

    Make sure to check the following off your hot tub party planning list:

     

    Choose a theme

    While a theme isn’t necessary for an impromptu social gathering, coming up with one in advance can determine your music, décor, and food planning choices, and is sure to be appreciated by your guests! Cinco de Mayo is a perfect occasion to set outdoors/in your hot tub. String paper lights over any trees or shrubbery that you have in your yard, as well as over any sheltering structures (ie. a patio umbrella or gazebo) over your tub for a guaranteed festive vibe just right for the colourful Mexican holiday. You can find mini piñatas at your local dollar store, as well, if you want to take the décor even further!

     

    Match the music

    Whether your vision is to blast mariachi music, or to rock out to a summer playlist, music will amp up your guests and is always a necessary component of any party, wet or dry.

     

    Prepare light sources

    For the most flattering glow to light your evening festivities, try to include at least three light sources. Remember that in addition to stringing overhead paper lights, you can light a fire pit and place a few free-standing tiki torches in the bushes around the edge of your patio.

     

    Assemble a food bar

    If you have a hot tub, the guarantee is that nobody will be showing up just for the food! But regardless, you can’t let your guests famish. Setting up a self-serve food bar will take the pressure off you for serving, while giving guests a fun and flexible way to customize their meals. The food bar can take many forms (ie, a rustic style burger bar or artisanal flatbread pizza offerings), but this weekend is a perfect time to debut the taco bar! You can lay out soft or hard shell corn tortillas and offer grilled shrimp, chicken and meat, salsa, guacamole, lettuce, and shredded cheese, with side accoutrements of cilantro, hot sauce, and blue corn nachos.

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