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Summertime is hot, and when you’re active outside either playing, exercising, swimming, or hot tubbing, you want to stay hydrated. Not only is it good for you, but it helps you stay active and energized all day long.

The good news is that there’s more than water (which is always great) to fulfill your hydration needs. Let’s look at the best hydrating drinks for summer full of electrolytes,, minerals, vitamins, and probiotics. Read more

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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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!