Environmentally Friendly Hot Spring Spas

Have you ever thought about how a hot tub affects the environment? While there are many brands on the market today, you can count on Hot Spring Spas and their already built-in green features. Read more

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Hot Tub Facts and Stats – What You Need to Know Before Buying a Spa

It feels great to soak in a hot tub, and all of the hot tubs you’ve looked at are beautiful. So, how do you decide?

You want to make your choice based on clear facts, hard statistics, and answers to a few simple questions. For example, what’s your budget? Are you looking for more family time, pain relief, better health or all of three? How do your top choices compare to one another? Read more

Hot Tubbing Counts as Exercise

Yes, you read that right. Hot tubbing counts as exercise.

In this article, we’re going to show you how and even offer some statistics to prove it!

Show Me the Proof

A recent study finds that when you spend time in a hot tub, you can lower blood pressure and inflammation while increasing your metabolism.

What’s more, you can burn 140 calories in 30 minutes soaking in your hot tub. This is the same number of calories you burn taking a 30-minute walk around your neighborhood.

In addition, during this study they discovered that the blood sugar levels of participants after eating was about 10% lower when they took a hot bath compared to when they exercised.

These results show an added benefit to your physical fitness from soaking in a hot tub. Imagine on the days when you can’t fit in exercise in addition to your daily soak. It appears that your hot tub soak has health benefits for those who can’t exercise regularly.

We can also take this one step further and add exercise to your hot tub soak for additional benefits. Here’s how.

Jog in Your Hot Tub

You already know that soaking is exercise, but what if you jogged in place in your hot tub, too?

This is a great use of your time because you get your cardio done in the hot tub in a low-impact way.

And, as you jog, the warm water dilates your blood vessels, and oxygen feeds your muscles making your exercise routine more efficient.

While jogging on land is hard on bones and joints, jogging in the water is easy on the body. You don’t have pain, but you do improve your aerobic fitness and reduce body fat.

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Stretch in Your Hot Tub

Stretching in the hot tub is great for your body because the warm water helps to loosen muscles.

You can even do arm lifts and push ups on the side of your hot tub for some strength training.

Grab your aqua dumbbells as well because they increase your resistance.

Simply Sit in Your Hot Tub

Remember that just soaking in your spa counts as exercise.

Even though it’s a passive activity, the warmth of the water and the massage of the jets reduces swelling and the load on your joints while promoting muscle relaxation.

Hot tubs are also ideal for injury recovery. Even though you can’t exercise on land, you can soak in the hot tub and enjoy the health benefits of mild exercise.

Final Thoughts

Multiple studies show the benefits of hot tub use. So, the next time you are pressed for time, or it’s late at night, remember that your hot tub soak counts as exercise.

What’s more, not only are you exercising your heart, but you’re relaxing, enjoying a massage and increasing your health each day.

Do you use your hot tub for exercise? If so, we’d love to hear more about it! If you don’t have a hot tub and interested in learning more, download our Hot Tub Buying guide for information!

 

 

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Take the Stress Off Your Body During Daylight Saving Time

Springing forward is hard on your body. Some experts even believe our bodies never really adjust to time changes. So, how can you combat this added stress on your body?

In this article, we look at how to take the stress off your body during daylight saving time. Read more

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How to Shop for a Hot Tub

Have you ever purchased a home, a car, a boat, a vacation rental, electronic equipment or expensive jewelry?

If so, you probably did your research and learned the lingo before ever stepping foot into a showroom or store.

Investing in a spa is a big, life-long purchase. Buying a hot tub brings your family closer together and helps you relax, de-stress and unwind. Read more

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Hot Tub Benefits for Weight Loss

Like many Americans, you may be struggling with your weight and looking for solutions.

Perhaps you’ve tried a number of diets, and some worked for awhile, while others were just too difficult or too weird to maintain.

Often times, though, it’s a number of things that work together to help you lose weight and keep it off. A hot tub is one such tool.

In this article, we look at hot tub benefits for weight loss. Read more

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Does It Matter Where You Buy Your Chemicals?

Like most of us, you like to shop around and find the best value on the products you purchase. You might have also found that on occasion buying cheaper products often means inferior products.

We’re all smart consumers, and we have many choices when it comes to purchasing. But, does cheaper always mean better?

In this article, we answer the question, “Does it matter where you buy your pool chemicals?”

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6 Not So Common Hot Tub FAQ

We’ve been asked a lot of questions about hot tubs and spas over the years. Some of them are more common than others.

In this article, we look at seven not so common hot tub FAQ. If you ever have more questions, please feel free to ask. Our staff is here for you!

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Olympic Sports Right In Your Hot Tub

Your hot tub is the perfect spot for relaxing your body and mind during the winter. Perhaps you enjoy a soak on your own, and maybe, on occasion, you throw a hot tub party for friends and family.

If you’re looking for something creative to do with your hot tub, throw and Olympic Hot Tub Party! Read more

9 Tips for Using Your Hot Tub in the Winter

The weather is cool. The days are short. There may even be a dusting of snow on the ground. What could be more perfect than spending time in your hot tub?

The long, cold days of winter are the best time to relax, enjoy peaceful time on your own and enjoyable days with your family. The hot tub is the perfect place to do them all.

Your hot tub can be an enjoyable part of your winter time months. In this article, we look at nine tips for using your hot tub in the winter.

#1: Buy a Good Cover

For hot water whenever you’re ready to soak, invest in a good cover so your spa is well-insulated. You want your cover to have a tight-fitting seal to keep the hot water hot and to save on energy costs.

A good cover means you’ll soak more even when it’s freezing outside.

#2: Check the Water Level

You want to make sure your components don’t freeze and damage your hot tub. So, check your water level frequently so it doesn’t fall too low.

#3: Know When to Change Your Water

Take a look at your year-long calendar. If your hot tub is due for a water change during the winter, you want to think about doing it earlier in the year.

If you change the water when the outside temperatures are really low, you risk water freezing and damaging your spa.

#4: Keep the Water Clean

During the winter months, it’s just as important to clean and maintain your water and your filters.

Stay on a schedule so you know when your filters need to be cleaned or replaced.

#5: Turn Jets Down

It’s fine to use the jets when you’re soaking but turn them off when your hot tub isn’t in use.

Why? The jets work by blowing air into the water, which can lower the temperature.

#6: Soak Smart

It can be tempting to spend an hour in your hot tub when it’s freezing outside.

Remember, though, that your body temperature climbs when you’re in your spa. Because of this, limit your soak time to about 20 minutes so you don’t shock your body too much moving from extreme heat to extreme cold.

#7: Drink Water

Anytime you soak, you want to stay hydrated. Cold or room-temperature water is fine, just keep drinking water for your health.

Stay away from alcohol in the hot tub because it can cause dehydration. Save it for after you leave the hot tub.

#8: Plan Ahead

So, you’re soaking, and it’s time to get out. But, you left your shoes, your towel and your robe at the back door.

Your best bet is to keep your robe, towel and shoes/slippers right by your hot tub so you can slip into them right as you exit. This helps keep you warm as you move from outside to in.

#9: Decorate Your Sanctuary

Your outdoor hot tub area is a relaxing retreat, so enhance it for extra comfort. Here are some ideas:

  • Heating lamps
  • Towel warmer
  • Waterproof rug
  • Hanging lights
  • Music

Final Thoughts

It’s a great idea to keep yoiur hot tub running all winter long because the benefits are terrific.

By using your hot tub in the winter, you get to enjoy the outdoors in a warm, massaging cocoon. You also reap the benefits of hydrotherapy all year long. Consider soaking before and after you exercise. Before helps you warm up, and after helps you each aching muscles.

Plus, your hot tub is a great gathering place for family and friends. Throw a winter party and invite your guests to use your hot tub.

Any way you look at it, winter hot tubbing is a great idea. If you have any questions about using your hot tub in the winter, please feel free to contact us. We are here for you!