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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Your hot tub is an inviting oasis for relaxation. However, it also makes a great place for an exercise session. Believe it or not, aquatic workouts can help build your muscle strength and provide cardiovascular benefits. Before you hop in the spa and do your lunges and leg lifts, ask your doctor if a water workout is right for you. Once you receive spa exercising approval, try some of these moves:
Improve the muscles around your hips by standing in the tub, using the sides for balance as needed. Lift your leg straight out to the side and push against the water for resistance. Do 10-15 repetitions on both legs. Then raise your leg and bring your knee to your chest. Do 10-15 repetitions on each leg.
Arms and Shoulders
Bicep curls are a great way to tone your arms. Begin with your arms straight at your sides and then curl one arm so your fist moves toward your bicep, perpendicular to your body. Next, work on strengthening your shoulder muscles. Start with your arms by your sides and lift them straight out, so they’re shoulder height and parallel to ground. Begin with 10 repetitions of both workouts on each arm. For an added challenge, try these sets with light dumbbells.
Tone your calf muscles with leg lifts. Simply stand in your hot tub and rise up on to your toes for three to five seconds and then release. Repeat this five times and eventually work your way up to additional lifts. Another simple, yet effective, workout for your leg muscles is to walk around your spa for at least 10 minutes. Walk forward, sideways, and backwards for a full-leg workout. The water resistance will help to tone and strengthen your leg muscles.
After all that working out, you deserve to treat yourself. Rest, relax, and soak in your hot tub and give yourself a pat on the back for all your hard work!
While many films use hot tubs to set the mood for romance and hook ups, some of the most famous flicks of all time have spa scenes, sans the hot and steamy aspect. Whether it’s the place for talking business or having a heartfelt moment, hot tubs can set the stage for character development. Check out a few films where spas are stars on the silver screen:
Tony Montana’s glamorous round hot tub is the envy of us all. With a Cuban cigar hanging out of his mouth, Montana soaks in his ginormous, gold-adorned spa while conducting business. But just because his skin may be pruney doesn’t mean he’s going soft!
“Lion King 1 1/2”
During the sequel to arguably one of the best Disney™ movies, Simba, Pumbaa, and Timon blissfully soak in a natural hot spa. The Hakuna Matata trio is relaxing and enjoying the hot spring, but it’s not until Pumbaa leaves the tub that Simba and Timon realize the bubbles weren’t coming from the spa. The warthog’s infamous flatulence strikes again.
Dumb and Dumber
In this cult classic, funny duo Lloyd and Harry are having a heart-to-heart in none other than a heart-shaped hot tub. As they’re sipping beers and soaking in the spa, Harry bears his soul to Lloyd about how the cheesy honeymoon suite reminds him of a date he had with his ex-girlfriend. As if the bromance scene wasn’t awkward enough, Lloyd realizes he may have played a role in Harry’s break-up with the ex.
Despite the risqué plotline of this 90s film, the famous hot tub scene is particularly tame. It’s while taking a dip in the spa that the Eddie Adams reveals his desired stage name. He envisions his surprisingly anti-climactic name in bright neon lights: Dirk Diggler.
Some hot tubs are responsible for turning up the heat on screen, but these spa scenes are remarkably PG. Take a dip in your own spa while watching flicks on your movie projector for the ultimate Friday night soak.
During your first 100 days as a Jacuzzi® brand hot tub owner, use your next party as an opportunity show off your new investment AND impress friends and family with your hospitality as a host. You don’t want to throw one of those parties where it seems like the host hasn’t taken the necessary prep time for food, drinks, music and activities. Hot tubs were built for entertaining, so follow this foolproof checklist for hosting the ultimate hot tub party.
|✓ GEAR FOR GUESTS||
• EXTRA BATHING SUITS: Keep extra bathing suits, swim trunks or old t-shirts as backup for guests who forget their bathing gear at home. Even if some guests “forget” their bathing suits as an excuse to not get in the hot tub, once they see how much fun everyone’s having, they’ll want to jump in too.
• TOWELS: You can never have too many towels on hand, especially when you consider that guests will get in and out of the hot tub multiple times. Keep a rotation of dry towels going so that everyone stays comfortable. Your guests (as well as your floors and furniture) will thank you for it!
|✓ THINGS TO DO||
• GAMES: Most of the action will be centered on your hot tub, so make sure your guests stay entertained with games that can get wet. Waterproof playing cards, floating game boards and checkers sets are always good bets, as are group games like charades.
• SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE: Although it’s a hot tub party, not everyone will be in the tub at the same time. Make sure all of your guests are comfortable and entertained (not just the ones in the tub) by providing ample seating around the tub and a variety of outdoor games.
• DRINKS: Stock up on a variety of ice cold drinks that will keep everyone refreshed. It’s a good idea to provide your guests with either cans or plastic cups to avoid any broken glass around the hot tub area. Make sure everyone stays hydrated and safe in a party atmosphere by keeping plenty of chilled water available.
• FOOD: Remember to keep food light, as most guests won’t want to be walking around in their swimsuits with a belly full of food. When you factor in a raised body temperature from the hot tub, being too full can be a recipe for discomfort. To avoid soggy crumbs, stick to serving finger foods that are easy to eat like veggies and dip, cheese plates, chicken kabobs, egg rolls and popsicles, to name a few.
|✓ SET THE MOOD||
• MUSIC: Every great party needs a great soundtrack. Crowd-pleasing music is a must, so try an oldies playlist to keep everyone happy. Many Jacuzzi® hot tub models come with built in iPod docking stations that make it easy to keep the music going without getting in and out of the tub.
• LIGHTING: It’s amazing how much ambiance some soft lighting can provide, so try adding candles, lanterns or twinkling lights to your hot tub area. Many Jacuzzi® hot tubs offer LED Chromatherapy options, enabling you to select color and brightness to create the perfect atmosphere for you and your guests.
Remember, if the host isn’t having fun, the guests won’t either. Making these necessary preparations beforehand will ultimately allow you to sit back, relax and have a blast from the moment the party starts.
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Sure, you love spending every moment with your pets, from riding in the car to jogging around the neighborhood. However, when it comes to soaking in your hot tub, this is the one activity you may want to do solo. Hot tubs can be harmful to your pet’s health, while your pet’s fur can be harmful to your tub.
To avoid potential problems, designate your hot tub for human use only. Check out a few of our tips for preventing any and all furry ones from soaking in your tub.
Remember to Secure Your Spa Cover
Investing in a strong and sturdy spa cover is one sure way to protect your hot tub from your family pets and unwanted critters. Properly seal your hot tub after every use to keep it from gaining animals’ interest. In addition, to prolong the life of your spa and cover, keep your friends, family, cats, and dogs from sitting on it to prevent premature wear and tear.
However, if your pet is especially keen on joining you in the hot tub, you may want to install a hot tub gate around your spa to further keep out four-legged visitors.
Keep the Area Clear of Food
The more food you leave around your hot tub, the more likely pests will take up residency inside or near your spa. Just like on camping trips, when it comes to your hot tub “leave no trace.” Outdoor critters, from rats to raccoons, love to gobble up the leftover appetizers from your backyard spa party. Not to mention, yummy crumbs may entice your family dog and cat over to the hot tub area, too. If you don’t leave leftovers near your tub, neither will these animals.
Inspect Your Hot Tub Cabinet
Mice and wasps have a reputation for making homes in hot tub cabinets. They like to burrow through holes and wreak havoc beneath your tub. To avoid this problem, seal any cracks and crevices where these unwanted ones could crawl and periodically check under your cabinet for signs of inhabitants.
Indulge with a human-only soak and follow these easy tips for preventing pets and pests from joining you. Learn more about hot tub maintenance today.
Hydrotherapy is a therapeutic method of pain relief and treatment using hot water. Because hot water can help reduce pain and improve motion, physiotherapists and occupational therapists sometimes encourage post-operative patients to consider hydrotherapy as a form of rehabilitation. With a therapist’s guidance, you can work to repair and regain your pre-surgery body in the comfort of your hot tub.
Therapists often recommend hydrotherapy in hot tubs after specific orthopedic surgeries, such as hip and knee replacements, post fractures, and multi-traumas, among others. However, if you’ve recently undergone surgery, first speak with your doctor before turning to hydrotherapy. In some cases, there is a time frame between your surgery and when it is safe to use a hot tub, and hydrotherapy may worsen your conditions if you dip too soon. Once your doctor gives you the okay, meet with a trained therapist to ensure you safely incorporate hydrotherapy into your rehabilitation routine.
Buoyancy is one of the major reasons why hydrotherapy is so beneficial. Because the buoyancy of the water causes you to float, it reduces gravity’s pressure on your muscles and joints, which can help to relieve your post-surgery pain.
Warm Water Benefits
Warm water encourages vasodilation, which increases blood flow to muscles and removes cell wastes. This process moves oxygen and nutrients to your muscles and helps reduce pain and tension. Furthermore, your improved circulation may also help with your range of motion.
The combination of the buoyancy and warm water allows you to move, stretch, and exercise your muscles and joints with more ease. The water’s resistance also improves your muscle strength and flexibility. To top it all off, the hot tub’s jets target specific muscles and restore and stimulate new tissue growth.
Though hydrotherapy can be extremely beneficial to getting you back to your pre-operative self, it’s important to follow doctor’s orders and speak with professionals regarding hot tub use prior to hopping in the spa.
Just like any other area of your home, your hot tub needs periodic cleaning to maintain its sparkle. When it comes to cleaning your hot tub, don’t just sweep the dust bunnies under the carpet. Instead, give your spa the TLC it needs to ensure it stays fresh and healthy for you to soak.
Check Your pH Levels
Testing your spa water’s pH levels is one of most important ways to determine its needs. After all, pH imbalances can make your hot tub water too acidic or too basic, both of which can have negative effects. Once you figure out your water’s pH level, you’re better equipped to know how much sanitizer to add.
Without the use of sanitizers, your hot tub will become a cesspool-like environment and may potentially cause health risks. Even if your spa water looks clean and clear, there’s a good chance it’s contaminated. After all, warm water is a breeding ground for bacteria. Sanitizers, such as chlorine and bromine, work to kill these bacteria. Refer to your pH test to determine how much sanitizer to use.
Add shock oxidizers to eliminate residue from soakers, such as dead skin, oils, and cosmetics. These oxidizers rid your spa water of unwanted organic matter and help to keep your water cloud free. Furthermore, oxidizers aid the sanitizers in the fight against bacteria.
Drain and Refill
To prevent the battle of fighting to keep your pH level in balance, drain and refill your hot tub every few months. Doing so will make it easier for you maintain the pH balance, but it will also circulate fresh water into the spa.
Scrub the Tub
Once you’ve drained your spa, give the tub a good scrub to remove any residue and scum before refilling it. If you do this every time you drain your hot tub, it will prevent buildup and that unwanted water ring around the interior.
Your spa won’t magically clean itself, but fortunately, it only takes a few steps to maintain its sparkle and bacteria-free glow.
Clear water doesn’t necessarily mean clean water. It’s possible for your spa water to look perfectly fine while it secretly deteriorates your hot tub and health. Instead of relying on guess work, learn the importance of your tub’s pH levels and test them regularly to maintain a clean and healthy spa.
What is pH?
Water pH is a measure of how acidic or basic the water solution is according to the concentration of hydrogen ions. Pure water generally has a pH level of seven. Any solution with a pH level above seven is considered basic, while results lower than seven are acidic.
Why is pH Important?
Testing the pH level of your spa water is important because if it isn’t balanced, the water could negatively affect your tub. On the one hand, if your water is too acidic, it may corrode your spa parts. On the other hand, if your water is too basic, it could stain your tub or lead to mineral scaling. Imbalanced pH levels may also cause health problems, such as skin and eye irritations.
What Alters My Hot Tub’s pH Levels?
The kinds of water and sanitizer you use in your spa can change the pH level. Hard water and well water, for example, have different pH levels than fresh water. Because of this, it’s important to determine the pH level of the water coming out of your garden hose, instead of assuming it’s at a perfect seven. Sanitizers also have different pH ranges, such as calcium hypochlorite, which has a high pH level, and bromine, which has a much lower pH level. If you’re not careful when you add these sanitizers, they can further imbalance the pH level of the hot tub water.
How Do I Test the pH levels in my Hot Tub?
Read the instructions on your pH test kit to determine specific steps and how frequently you should check your spa’s levels. In many cases the process simply involves taking a sample of circulated spa water and dipping a test strip into it. Next, shake the strip and hold it horizontally for roughly 15 seconds before comparing its color to the chart. Your kit should provide you with additional instructions on how to balance your hot tub water accordingly.
Don’t put your spa or health at risk. Learn to read and understand pH levels for a happier, healthier tub today. Learn more about hot tub sanitation by reading the Do’s and Don’ts of Hot Tub Water Sanitation.
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Designing a backyard to feel more like an inviting retreat that an ordinary patio is a matter of adding charismatic touches. You don’t need to go overboard or deck out your outdoor space in expensive elements to achieve this appealing environment. Enhance your hot tub area with a few of these easy tricks:
1. Create Drama
Something about a shady backyard gives off the feel of a secret garden. If you have an especially large backyard space, plant palms and willow trees for a quaint area to read a book. Meanwhile, if your patio is on the smaller side, choose large-leaved plants and wrap vines around your space for a charming vibe.
2. Add Backyard Seating
Cozy outdoor sofas and bench seats piled with pillows give you the ideal area to kick back when you’re not soaking in your tub. Build a little seating area next to your tub so your guests who aren’t sitting in the spa can still with mingle with those who are in the tub. Top off the oasis with a shady umbrella and your backyard retreat is nearly complete.
3. Attract Whimsical Creatures
Create the ultimate garden space, which even wild animals can appreciate. Visits from butterflies and hummingbirds will make your backyard feel just like a jungle paradise. Plant brightly colored wild flowers, such as Mexican salvia, and set up hummingbird feeders to attract the enchanting winged ones.
4. Light it up
Twinkling lights set the mood for an inviting backyard space. Bring light to your backyard in the evenings with tiki lamps, Christmas lights, or lanterns. Also consider experimenting with large and tiny candles to create an enticing ambience for soaking in your hot tub.
Forking out a fortune on a backyard designer isn’t necessary to create an inviting outdoor space. Simply adding a few touches here and there can turn your hot tub setting into a private oasis.