• 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!

  • 5 Simple Tricks to Stay Fit

    5 Simple Tricks to Stay Fit

    It seems there is never enough time to fit all that you’d like to do into a day. But scanning headlines to get your current events isn’t the only time saving hack available. If the minimum recommended amount of exercise (30 minutes, five days a week) seems tricky to nail down, realize that it doesn’t have to be done consecutively! In fact, incorporating short 10-minute bouts or “mini workouts,” among your regular activities, might even be more effective than a sustained session, according to a study from Arizona State University.

     

    Check out these five ways to seamlessly fit exercise into your busy day.

     

    1.  Meetings on the move

    Don’t think that a lunchtime spin class is the only way to incorporate some exercise into your work day. If your days are long and chock full of meetings, consider taking those meetings outside. If no visual aids or presentations are required, you can have the discussion en route to/from the closest coffee shop instead. Even doing laps around the building while you strategize can be an effective use of time.

    2.  Turn your errands into exercise

    The mall is a great place to quickly cover lots of ground, and accumulate your 10-minute exercise bout in no time! Make sure to park far away, so the parking lot trek can count toward your steps. If you have appointments located close enough together that you can walk, plan accordingly and leave the car at home (enjoy the added bonus of not needing to hunt for parking!) And when faced with an escalator, ALWAYS take the stairs.

    3.  Commercial break crunches

    Kick the couch potato time up a notch by doing a short circuit of callisthenics such as lunges, push-ups, and crunches for full-body toning, during commercial breaks. If streaming your shows commercial free, you can do this during the slow parts instead, or make your own timed breaks.

    4.  Socialize outside

    Exercising lightly while catching up with a friend makes the activity more enjoyable, plus is an efficient use of time. Swap your next post-work cocktails for a stroll in the park with coffees. Your liver will thank you, you’ll get your steps in, and you’ll likely sleep more soundly. It’s a win-win all around.

    5.  Meditate before bed

    If meditation seems impossible – and it is much harder than you might think to silence your thoughts! – you can light some candles and try some easy yoga stretches to calm your body and mind before bed. And for the ultimate relaxation experience, slip into the hot tub right afterwards to drain the stress of the day and ease any muscle tension.

  • 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.

  • Escaping the Winter Blues

    Escaping 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!

     

  • Cardiovascular Benefits of Hot Tubbing

    Cardiovascular Benefits of Hot Tubbing

    Taking some time to consider how to optimize your cardiovascular is important first step when looking at improving your health. Although there are many steps you can take to enhance your overall health, this article explains the specific benefits that bathing in a hot tub has for your cardiovascular health.

    Health Benefits of a Hot Tub

    1. Lowers Your Blood Pressure

    This is one of the most important benefits that soaking in your hot tub can have for your cardiovascular health. Warm blood comes closer to your skin’s surface which lowers your heart rate. It’s important to immerse your body as deep as possible to provide the best possible circulation for your body.

     

    1. Stress Relief

    Stress is a natural reaction inside your body to different environmental and psychological stimuli.  A small amount of stress can help you maintain a healthy nervous system. But if you’re experiencing too much stress, it can cause your blood pressure to rise and result in many debilitating illnesses. The good news is that you can manage and reduce stress with 20-30 minutes of massage and hydrotherapy in a hot tub.

     

    1. Increases your Circulation

    The warm water will raise your body temperature to a point that it makes your blood vessels dilate, therefore improving your circulation. This also helps your blood vessels shed waste and become much healthier.

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