• Springtime Exercise and Soothing Sore Muscles

    Springtime Exercise and Soothing Sore Muscles

    This time of year usually involves a familiar pattern: winter hibernation gives way to a suddenly sunny spring, and you find yourself trying to make quick progress on your fitness goals for the summer. As you ramp up your workouts and take advantage of more opportunities for outdoor exercise, don’t forget about the second half of the equation – rehabilitating your sore muscles in the wake of all your increased activity.

    As you plan for and track your body’s cycles of stress and recovery through exercise, strategic hot tub soaking can enhance your workouts and your progress towards a healthier body and lifestyle.

    Check out the following Do’s and Don’ts before you make your spring fitness master plan!

     

    What to Do?

    • Consider soaking in your hot tub for 10-20 minutes before your workout, to loosen up your muscles before exertion. Soaking both before and after any high intensity activity can help prevent injury.

     

    • Plan accordingly to incorporate rest and recovery phases into your workout schedule. It’s best to alternate heat and cold therapy (soaking in your hot tub vs. occasional cold showers) to promote healing.

     

    • Be careful to wait until your heart rate has slowed down and your muscles have cooled a bit before plunging into the hot water. Therapeutic hot tub water will increase blood flow and circulation, helping your tired muscles recover and build, and the mix of heat and jet pressure soothes soreness and muscle tension, minimizing post-workout pain.

     

    • Hydrate before your workout and often during it. Plan to drink even more water if you’ll be soaking in your hot tub post-workout.

     

    • Think of the well-earned post workout jet massage as preparing you for the next phase of your fitness journey, and reap the mental benefits of relaxing in swirling hot water.

     

    What Not to Do?

    • Neglect your limits and push too hard. This is never a good approach, but particularly if done early in your fitness journey, can also have a discouraging effect and prevent you from sticking to your fitness resolution or progressing.

     

    • Neglect to stretch before a workout or starting too quickly when your muscles are still cool and stiff. Even if you feel like you’re getting the hang of an increased activity level, not taking enough care with stretching is likely to lead to injury.

     

    • Hydrate insufficiently. Your body’s natural process of sweating during exercise and in the warmth of the hot tub needs to be counterbalanced by drinking more water than you may be used to.

     

    • Miss out on the benefits of a hot tub! This is a “Don’t” that you can easily avoid when you decide that owning a hot tub will be complementary to your fitness journey. Take the first step towards this investment, by checking out our hot tub Buyer’s Guide…

     

  • Getting Back into Nature this Spring

    Getting Back into Nature this Spring

    As the chill of winter begins to thaw and daylight lengthens, it’s that time of year once again when we can take advantage of the great outdoors by getting back into nature. Spending time unplugged and outside has scientifically shown to be a natural antidote to the adverse effects of stress, a preventative measure against anxiety, and a booster for creativity.

     

    In addition to the benefits of fresh air that your parents always emphasized, getting outside (and into your hot tub) has the following advantages:

     

    Makes You Push Yourself Harder

    Working out using cardio equipment at the gym involves limits on the pace and amount of time spent training. Studies have shown that people who take their work-outs outside do at least 30 minutes more of physical activity per week than those who do it inside. Running outside also introduces various terrains, hills, and locations, to further strengthen muscles and joints.

     

    Makes You Focus

    Trying to concentrate on too many activities or even a single topic for prolonged periods of time can be mentally draining. It even has a name, Directed Attention Fatigue. Being outside and just enjoying the natural scenery can give the cognitive portion of our brains a break, allowing us to focus better and renew our ability to be rational and patient.

     

    Lowers Depression

    People who frequent parks and green spaces have been shown in studies to have lower rates of depression and blood pressure. They have also been shown to be more social than those who avoid the outdoors. We believe there’s no better place to enhance your day with an outdoor moment than in the tranquility of your backyard inside a Beachcomber, which itself has been shown to lower stress and depression and improve cognitive health. Spending time in nature has also proven to be an effective booster of creativity.

     

    Helps You Fight Disease

    The Department of Environmental Conservation has published reports that show the correlation between breathing fresh air and disease prevention. Fresh air is full of phytoncides. These airborne chemicals given off by plants, have antibacterial and antifungal qualities that help plants fight disease. When people breathe in these chemicals, our bodies breathe in these benefits and have been shown to reduce our risks for numerous diseases including cancer. Click here for more details.

     

    So get outside, and improve your health, mood, and productivity! We encourage you to explore building daily outside moments with the ultimate hot tub experience.

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