Hot Tub Benefits

FAQs About Fibromyalgia

Many people consider purchasing a hot tub to help ease symptoms from medical conditions. One condition frequently asked about by potential spa owners is fibromyalgia, a syndrome affecting the nervous system. According to The Mayo Clinic, fibromyalgia most often includes “widespread musculoskeletal pain,” as well as fatigue and mood changes. While warm water has proven to have positive health benefits, raising one’s body temperature can potentially be detrimental to certain constitutions and only a doctor can recommend treatment for fibromyalgia. As you’re consulting your physician, we’ve provided a few frequently asked questions to help inform you about fibromyalgia:

Who is Affected by Fibromyalgia?

Anyone can suffer from fibromyalgia, though WebMD notes that women are more likely to develop the syndrome than men. It also seems more likely to strike those with anxiety and irritable bowel disorder, among others.

What are Some Symptoms?

Chronic pain in the muscles, muscle spasms, and general tenderness are among the most common symptoms of fibromyalgia. WebMD also indicates tension headaches, memory problems, and general abdominal issues are possible symptoms of this disorder.

Why Does Fibromyalgia Occur?

There is no hard and fast reason why fibromyalgia appears in some people but not others. There is some evidence that a family history is partially to blame; if you have a relative with fibromyalgia, you may be more likely to develop it. You may also be more susceptible to the syndrome if you have rheumatic arthritis or lupus.

What are Some Treatments?

Your doctor will prescribe the course of treatment best for you, but in general, you will be looking at OTC treatments, prescription drugs, and lifestyle changes. Regular over-the-counter painkillers may take the edge off muscle pain, while antidepressants have been shown to provide additional comfort.

What Lifestyle Changes Can I Pursue?

The Mayo Clinic recommends reducing stress, making sure you sleep enough, and getting some exercise. You may also look into hydrotherapy, or using water to treat sickness or discomfort. Besides helping you relax, sitting in a hot spa may help increase circulation, and exercising in water is easier on painful joints. Again, be sure to determine if an increased body temperature will have any adverse effects on your condition before soaking in the tub.

If you have fibromyalgia, consult with your doctor to pursue the best course of treatment for you.

Five Mobile Apps to Help Improve Your Health

As a hot tub owner, you understand the value of health and fitness, and you probably already use your spa to relax after workouts. If you’re looking for some motivation to push yourself and stay focused on your health, mobile apps can be a great way to freshen up your workouts so you earn that post-exercise soak. Here are five mobile apps to help you reach your health and fitness goals:

Performance Stretching
Stretching is an integral part of fitness and health – you wouldn’t try to run a marathon without loosening up your muscles, right? Unfortunately, the vast majority of us stretch incorrectly, which at best is not helpful, and at worst is quite harmful to our muscles and bones. Performance Stretching helps solve this by showing you the correct way to stretch, as well as what stretches you need to perform as you warm up and cool down. You’ll learn through watching videos of trainers performing the stretches correctly, and each stretching workout will take five minutes or fewer.
Cost: $2.99. Available for iOS

FitnessFast
Customize and keep track of your workouts and activities, all within one app. FitnessFast provides instructions for a large number of exercises, including options for your chest, abs, back, and arms. Not sure you’re doing the exercises right? The app provides video animations so you can follow along correctly. You can set workout reminders, monitor your sleeping habits, and provide graph versions of just about everything you’re doing. You can even share your fitness milestones with your peers via the Facebook and Twitter plugins.
Cost: $0.99. Available for iOS.

Lose It!
Lose It! will help you lose weight in a sustainable way: by cutting calories and tracking your exercise. You can use the free version and focus on weight loss only, or pay for the premium edition and monitor your changing physique. You’ll improve your physical fitness and overall health and even make new connections via the Lose It! internet forums, where you can post updates and meet accountability buddies.
Cost: Free. Available for iOS, Android, Kindle, and Nook.

Fooducate
Fooducate bills itself as a “personal grocery advisor,” rather like a helpful friend who will take up residence in your smartphone and help you make good culinary choices. When you go to the grocery store, scan the barcode on food items that interest you, and Fooducate will give you a full rundown on calories, ingredients, and, if available, healthier alternatives.
Cost: Free. Available for iOS and Android.

Sleep Cycle
A good night’s sleep is crucial to good health. Once you’ve installed the Sleep Cycle app, place your phone next to you in bed, and it will analyze your sleep habits while you slumber. Rather than jolt you awake out of a deep-sleep phase – which can lead to feeling tired and groggy all day – the app will sound an alarm when you are in a “lighter” phase. You’ll start the day feeling more refreshed and well rested. The app also tracks your general sleep patterns over time, identifying patterns or disturbances you may be experiencing.
Cost: $0.99. Available for iOS.

From stretching and exercise to nutrition and recovery, these five mobile apps can help you reach your goals before, during, and after a workout.

Five Ways to Get Out and Enjoy the Fresh Air

Spending way too much time indoors and in front of your computer? Change up your regular routine and get outside into clear water and fresh air. Here are five of the best ways to enjoy the outdoors:

1. Snorkeling
If you’re near any body of water, you can slip on flippers and a snorkel and take a look at the world beneath the surface. In lakes and oceans, you’ll find an aquatic environment teeming with life, from coral reefs and fish to small sharks and hermit crabs.

2. Paddleboard

Strengthen your core and practice your balance when you go paddleboarding. This leisurely sport is offered at many lakes, rivers, and harbors, and no special skills are required. If you end up falling off, the cool water will be there to soften your fall. Just remember to wear sunscreen as the bright reflection from the water can easily cause burns.

3. Polar Bear Plunge

If you’re near a body of water, odds are there’s a local social club who makes it their business to dive in – usually in the name of charity. Larger groups often raise quite a bit of money for various charitable causes and the chilly water is thought to have health benefits by increasing adrenaline and the flow of oxygen to blood vessels. Most plungers report feelings of euphoria after emerging.

4. Aquathlon

If proving your physical prowess is high on your bucket list, an aquathlon match might be just the way to prove yourself. After running for a set distance, you’ll go for a swim – usually for a lesser distance – and then put on your sneakers and run again. Provided you aren’t competing professionally, you can adjust the distance and rules to apply to your local lake or pool.

5. Soak in a Hot Tub

There’s nothing quite like easing into the bubbling warmth of a spa. Not only is a great (and perhaps much-needed, in some cases) follow-up to the aforementioned activities, it’s also equally enjoyable whether you’re on your own or soaking with friends. You can relax in your hot tub and enjoy the fresh air in your backyard no matter what the season.

Spa to Sleep: Let Your Jacuzzi® Relieve Your insomnia

A growing number of Americans report suffering from insomnia – the inability to fall asleep (or stay asleep, if they do manage to nod off). If you suffer from sleeplessness and are searching for methods to cure it, a hot tub may very well contribute to more restful nights. The following includes some general information about insomnia and how a spa can help:

Definition of Insomnia

According to WebMD, insomnia is a “sleep disorder,” characterized chiefly by sleeplessness. Even when sufferers do manage to fall into slumber, they wake up tired and may remain groggy throughout the day. Your insomnia may be limited to one or two sleepless nights a year, or you may find difficulty nodding off for months at a time.

Causes and Effects of Insomnia

The causes of this condition depend on what type of insomnia you have. WebMD suggests two classes: acute and chronic. Acute insomnia may be brought on by sudden, temporary stress; an abrupt change in temperature (heat spikes in late summer, for example); or a reaction to medication. Chronic insomnia often accompanies prolonged stress, various psychiatric conditions, and physical pain.

The effects of these symptoms will depend on the individual, but you may find yourself consistently fatigued, forgetful, and clumsy, meaning chronic insomnia can have a tremendously negative impact on your job and personal life.

How a Hot Tub Can Help

Sitting in a hot tub before bedtime can ward off insomnia in many ways. If you’ve got a lot of stressors in your life, taking some dedicated time to unwind can work wonders to clear your head and let your body relax. Hot water can reduce physical pain, also a noted insomnia trigger. As your body and mind loosen up, you may find yourself better able to drift off.

When used properly, your spa can help you create a healthier, more relaxed lifestyle. As always, consult with your doctor before beginning treatment for any sort of condition.

How Technology can Help You Exercise

How Technology can Help You Exercise
The advent of the smartphone, the Internet, and other wonders of the technological age means running around in sneakers and guessing at your calorie intake is at an end. Revamp your exercise regimen and start reaping the benefits with these three methods:

Motivational Devices
You can manage and share your fitness goals and progress via a number of new gadgets. For example, the Nike+ Fuelband is a bracelet that tracks your every move and compiles information on your smartphone. Adjust your workouts, set new targets, and put your friends to shame when you compare your stats and prove that you racked up more miles.

Another technology that makes it easy to try out new sports is the Nintendo Wii and its varied physical games. The Wii’s sensors track your movements, and you can swing, jump, run, and dance your way through workouts while your avatar mimics your motions onscreen.

Health Apps
Your smartphone is your conduit for just about everything, including monitoring your health. Browse through hundreds of mobile apps that are geared toward helping you calculate your intake with calorie tracking, stay fit with how-to videos from prominent personal trainers, and cook healthy meals with a database of easy recipes. You can even track how many hours of good sleep you get per night, as opposed to how much you need.

Currently a few of the best-rated health apps in the iTunes App Store include the Calorie Counter & Diet Tracker by MyFitnessPal, Fooducate, and Fitness Buddy.

Hot Tub Recovery
There’re no two ways about it: after you’ve been rough on your body, you need to let it recover, and hydrotherapy offers a number of health benefits to the athletic individual. Whether you run five miles a day or are a devout practitioner of yoga, soaking in a hot tub will help your body repair itself. The hot water will raise your body temperature, which leads to blood vessel expansion and improved circulation. This is crucial for getting nutrients to damaged tissues during the healing process. The jets on the best hot tubs are also perfectly positioned to massage sore spots and pressure points.

The advance of technology means consistent improvement in how we maintain our health and fitness. Stay abreast of these advances and you’ll enjoy a happier, healthier body for years to come.

Can I Soak Year-round? Seasonal Tips for Owning a Hot Tub

Can I Soak Year-Round? Seasonal Tips for Owning a Hot Tub
Your hot tub can bring you enjoyment and health benefits all year round. But while you’re combatting the chill of winter or the dry heat of summer, you’ll want to make sure you properly maintain your spa through the changing seasons. Look after your spa, and it will last for years to come. Here are few tips on how to maintain it year-round:

Winter
You’ll find immediate benefits to soaking in your spa during the winter. Once you ease into the piping hot water, you may find cold-related aches and pains easing. Repay the favor by keeping an insulated cover on the hot tub, which will keep its temperature level and prevent long hours (and energy use) waiting for it to heat up. Also, don’t forget to activate your spa’s freeze-protection system to prevent the pipes from freezing.

Spring
The season of new life brings blooming plants, allergies, and rainstorms. Hopping in your spa during spring can not only provide relaxation, but help alleviate any nose or chest congestion from the inevitable flu and allergy season. To make sure those warm waters are ready for you and protected against April showers, stretch a tarp over your hot tub to shield the machinery, the tub itself, and the water it contains.

Summer
The dry heat of the summer months may drive you indoors and out of the sun. Protect your spa’s physical integrity by keeping it out of direct sunlight, too. Keep your hot tub underneath an awning, gazebo, or even just an umbrella; this will help prevent the sun from warping the exterior. You’ll also want to place a cover over the tub itself to keep your water from evaporating on hot days.

Fall
Fall brings cooler and shorter days and trees changing color. Don’t share your hot tub space with fallen leaves; if possible, keep your spa clear of trees that might drop refuse into it. Sift out any detritus that falls into your tub to prevent it from clogging the filtering systems. This is a good time to drain your spa and flush the plumbing system – after the heat of summer but before icy weather sets in.

Simple Solutions for a Complete Hot Tub Lifestyle

A few simple add-ons can make a world of difference when it comes to completing your all-inclusive hot tub lifestyle. The first 100 days of owning your Jacuzzi® brand hot tub are the perfect time to fully equip yourself with everything you need so that you’ll never have to leave your ultimate back yard oasis. To help get you started, here are some of our favorite, easy-to-implement hot tub solutions.

GET COMFORTABLE!
No matter what the weather’s like, maximize everyone’s comfort with these ideas.

. • A cabinet of plush, fluffy towels and robes ready keeps everyone warm when they’re not in the tub.
• Towel racks and towel trees keep towels, robes and slippers dry and clean.
• A spa step like the Handi-Step we offer looks great, provides easy entrance into your hot tub and lasts for years to come.
• Swing-arm umbrellas provide adjustable shade and protection from unpredictable weather when you need it.
• Privacy screens create a secluded getaway that’s hidden from view.

 

STAY REFRESHED!
Keep the cold drinks flowing and your stomach from growling with these accessories.

. • A sturdy set of plastic cups and can cozies ensure that everyone can enjoy a cold drink without the danger of broken glass.
• Floating drink and snack caddies give you and your guests the luxury of savoring food and drinks in style.
• An outdoor mini-fridge is great for always keeping ice-cold drinks within arm’s reach.
• A stainless steel ice bucket and tongs help to keep everyone’s drinks chilled with a steady supply of ice cubes.

 

TURN UP THE FUN!
Make sure no one gets bored with these easy ideas for constant entertainment.

. • Floating board games and waterproof cards provide competitive fun for all ages.
• Floating disco balls get the party really started by casting multi-colored lights throughout the water.
• Candles or twinkling lights help to boost the romantic ambience on date night.
• Either a good book or your favorite magazine is great for decompressing with a relaxing read.

 

Now that you’re comfortable, refreshed and anything but bored, you’re ready to begin living that complete hot tub lifestyle you’ve been dreaming about.

For more information on the health benefits of hydrotherapy and the unique technology behind Jacuzzi® brand hot tubs, please click here. Also, be sure to check out our Facebook page for more recommendations on making the most out of your Jacuzzi® hot tub during the first 100 days of ownership.

Finding The Ideal Hot Tub Water Temperature

As a new Jacuzzi® brand hot tub owner, it’s important to test out different water temperatures from the get go. While 104° is accepted maximum, below that there’s no “right” or “wrong” water temperature; it’s more about finding one that gives you the best experience. Once you’ve settled on your ideal temperature, you can fully unlock the healing power of hot water to treat everything from muscle pain to insomnia. Here’s how to find the ideal hot tub water temperature, as well as some background on hydrotherapy, or the use of heated water for health benefits.

FINDING THE IDEAL TEMPERATURE FOR YOU

. Finding the proper temperature for your hot tub is essential to getting the most out of your hot tub experience. As a new owner, we recommend experimenting with various water temperatures while the entire family is present. Once you find a temperature that everyone agrees on, keep it within that range, as continuously raising and lowering the heat can increase operational costs and add wear. According to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, the water temperature of a hot tub is best between 100°F and 102°F.


WATER TEMPERATURE QUICK FACTS

• The majority of hot tub users prefer a water temperature in the range of 100°F-102°F.
• 104°F is the standard maximum temperature, which some users also prefer.
• Always consult a physician before getting in the hot tub while pregnant.
• Children under age 5 should not be in hot tubs over 95°F, and should only remain in hot tubs for 5-10 minutes at a time.

 

THE HISTORY OF HYDROTHERAPY

. History has shown that water is the ultimate therapist, as the healing benefits of hydrotherapy date back thousands of years and across many of the world’s oldest cultures. Ancient Egyptians bathed in heated waters treated with flowers and herbs, the Greeks believed that water therapy was essential to optimal health and the Romans used heated pools and steam to treat a wide range of medical conditions. The health benefits of hydrotherapy, both mental and physical, haven proven themselves across the ages as a remedy for common ailments ranging from joint pain to insomnia.

 

THE POWER OF HYDROTHERAPY TODAY

Jacuzzi® hot tubs have popularized the ancient practice of hydrotherapy for a new age, while also making its health benefits more powerful than ever. Hot tubs have been found extremely useful in treating physical ailments such as muscle and joint stiffness, inflammatory diseases and even spinal pain. Hydrotherapy also works wonders for your mental well-being, as even a quick ten minute dip helps everyday stress to evaporate. If you suffer from insomnia, hot tubs can better prepare you for sleep by relaxing your body and lowering your internal body temperature once you get out. .

For more information on the health benefits of hydrotherapy and the unique technology behind Jacuzzi® brand hot tubs, please click here. Also, be sure to check out our Facebook page for more recommendations on making the most out of your Jacuzzi® hot tub during the first 100 days of ownership.

The Benefits of Hot Tub Sessions For Training

Sitting in a hot tub can feel like the ultimate bliss, so it’s no wonder people assume a hot tub soak is beneficial to their athletic training. While a spa soak can certainly provide positive results, it’s all about timing. In fact, soaking in a spa too soon after your workout can cause more harm than good to your body. Check out the following tips for deciding when to hit the hot tub during your training sessions:

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The Biggest Hot Tub Maintenance Myths Debunked

If you think that hot tub maintenance is time-consuming, requires just as much work as a pool, think again. Contrary to what you may have heard, it’s surprisingly simple and can take as little as 10 minutes each week. During your first 100 days of owning a Jacuzzi® brand hot tub, it’s especially important to learn the truth about taking care of your hot tub, so here’s a handy list of the biggest debunked hot tub maintenance myths.
MYTH: Constantly getting in and out of the hot tub tracks in dirt and debris that builds up on the shell over time.
TRUTH: Unlike many bathtubs, a Jacuzzi® hot tub’s shell is impervious to bacteria and footprint stains, meaning it’s easy to keep clean.

 MYTH: The lengthy process of heating the water means it won’t be ready when I want it to be.
 TRUTH: With the right settings configured, your hot tub stays heated economically 24/7, meaning it’s ready to go whenever you need to take a dip.

 MYTH: It’s going to be a complicated backyard chemistry experiment to keep it clean.
 TRUTH: Actually, it only takes a few minutes a week to ensure that the water in your spa remains in tip-top shape. Using a test strip, check the levels of pH, Alkalinity, Calcium and your preferred sanitizer (Chlorine or Bromine). Adjust each measure by adding the right amount of each product as indicated in your owner’s manual.

 MYTH: I’ll have to drain the water frequently.
 TRUTH: Water changes are only recommended every 3-6 months, depending on usage…

 MYTH: Filter changes will be difficult, expensive and messy.
 TRUTH: Access to the filter is easy on your hot tub, and they are simple an inexpensive to replace. Some of our models feature the Smart Control screen, which actually tells you when the filter needs to be a changed. Even if you don’t have it, a simple weekly check will do the trick and lengthen the life of the filter.

 MYTH: I won’t use my hot tub enough to get my money’s worth when it comes to monthly maintenance and energy costs.
 TRUTH: As a new owner, you’ll quickly see what most of our owners already know – your hot tub becomes part of your family’s daily routine, providing valuable relaxation time, and a long list of health benefits for even just 10 minutes a day. And monthly energy costs are less than you think – as low as $14/month on some models.See — hot tub maintenance is that easy! For more information on proper maintenance of your new hot tub, please visit our “Owner’s Corner” by clicking here. Also, be sure to check out our Facebook page for more recommendations on making the most out of your Jacuzzi® hot tub during the first 100 days of ownership.

Understanding Jets before You Purchase a Hot Tub

When you’re in search of your dream massage, don’t blindly purchase a spa without first understanding the power of jets. From realizing the importance of jet placements to finding a tub with the appropriate pump size, here are a few aspects you should know about your next hot tub:

Number and Placement of Jets

When it comes to the number of jets in a hot tub, many consumers assume the more the merrier. However, quantity does not always equal quality. Oftentimes it’s the placement of the jets and not the number that maximize your spa experience.

Instead of counting hot tub jets, consider the areas you want the jets to focus on most. Perhaps you want one seat with a set of powerful jets for a full-body massage and then interchangeable jets spread throughout the rest of the spa. Alternatively, you may suffer from foot pain, so you want a hot tub with strong foot mound jets. Begin by deciding what kind of hydro massage you’re interested in, and choose the number and placement of your jets from there.

Adjustable Jets

There is a difference between stationary jets and adjustable jets. Stationary jets remain in the same place and cannot be altered or moved to provide you with a more customized massage. While a hot tub may have many stationary jets, more of these jets doesn’t necessarily mean a better massage.

Alternatively, when you have adjustable jets, you can personalize your hydro massage to suit your individual preferences. These jets allow you to point the nozzle in the direction of your specific muscles for customized hydrotherapy. Sometimes a few adjustable jets can make a huge difference in your spa experience.

Pump Power

The number and type of jets aren’t the only aspects responsible for the quality of your hydro massage. When browsing hot tubs, you want to ensure the spa’s pump is strong enough to provide the jets with the power and pressure for a deep massage. It doesn’t matter if you have 10 or 100 jets, if the pump cannot keep up, you’ll only experience a mediocre massage.

When shopping for a new hot tub, speak with spa specialists to find a tub with all the jet elements you desire for the ultimate hydro massage experience.

Understanding Hydrotherapy and Hydro Massage

When you’re in the market for a new hot tub, more than likely you’ll come across terms such as hydrotherapy and hydro massage. You’ll hear about how your new spa will provide hydrotherapy benefits and the ultimate hydro massage, but what exactly does that mean? Instead of glazing over when you hear these hot tub buzz words, check out our cheat sheet for comprehending these popular terms.

Hydrotherapy

Hydrotherapy refers to the use of water for pain treatment. This is a historical practice dating back to ancient Greece, Egypt, Rome, China, and Japan, in which citizens soaked in communal baths or hot springs to soothe their ailments.

This form of therapy often experiments with water temperature and pressure to provide a desired healing effect. Changes in temperature can improve your blood circulation and aid in lymphatic drainage, while pressure can help relieve aches and pains. In modern day, some examples of hydrotherapy include hot tubs and whirlpool baths along with mineral baths, such as Swiss showers.

Hydro Massage

Hydromassage is a type of hydrotherapy, which uses warm water and massages. The Ancient Romans were particularly responsible for making this form of hydrotherapy popular with their public bath houses.

Today we use hot tubs for hydro massage to relieve muscle pain and improve our circulatory system. Hydro massage is often a suggested kind of therapy for when you’re suffering from ailments such as sports injuries, arthritis, and tendinitis, among others.  In addition to providing pain relief, hydro massage may reduce stress.

The ancient civilizations were on to something when they began experimenting with water temperature and pressure to better their quality of life. Nowadays, we continue to value their findings as we use hot tubs to manage our pain and stress.

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