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Find Out How Smartphone Apps Can Improve Your Quality of Life

Leading a healthy lifestyle isn’t something that should be complicated. However, when you throw your hectic work schedule, happy hours, and marathons of “Orange is the New Black”into the mix, your health sometimes takes a back seat. Fortunately, when you’re looking for a little motivation, the apps on your smartphone can help. Instead of browsing Facebook and challenging your high score on Angry Birds, download some of the following apps to improve your quality of life:

Recipe Apps

Need a quick recipe to whip up dinner in less than 20 minutes? There’s an app for that. Want to know what you can make with the ingredients in your refrigerator? There’s an app for that, too. Thanks to current technology out there, from Jamie Oliver’s 20-Minute Meals to Fridge Pal, you can quickly cook up healthy cuisine without attending culinary school. Skip the drive-thru on the way home from work and go the healthier route with a recipe app on your smartphone.

Pocket Trainer Apps

If you lack the drive to hit up the gym every day, check out the pocket trainer apps for at-home workouts and motivation. Some of these apps even provide routines you can do in the middle of your living room, as they demonstrate the exercises and time your workout. Choose a program targeting your desired area, whether it’s your core or your upper body.

Meanwhile, there are other programs, such as MapMyFitness, which track your bike rides and jogs. These kind of apps plot your workout on an interactive map and provide you with your distance, time, pace, and even the number of calories you burned. Such programs are especially useful if you like to challenge yourself to beat your previous records.

Water-Testing Apps

After all that exercising and healthy eating, you deserve to relax your muscles and rejuvenate your body in your hot tub. However, if fiddling with spa chemicals is enough to make you skip out on your soak, download a water-testing app. Insta-Link Water Testing, for example, lets you know exactly what chemicals your tub needs when you take a photo of the specially designed spa-testing strip. Apps like this make it simple to determine your spa needs, so there’s no excuse not to rest and soak.

Though you have a hectic lifestyle, downloading a few of these apps may help you better your quality of life, from kick-starting your day with a run to winding down with a soak in your hot tub.

How Hot Tubs Can Improve Family Bonding

Send the neighbor’s kids home, turn off the television, and round up the family for an evening of fun in the hot tub. Your spa provides the perfect place for your kin to spend some quality time together without cell phones buzzing with text messages or social media causing distractions. Because sometimes finding common ground between your teenager and your elementary schooler is a challenge, try some of these family bonding tips:

Star Light, Star Bright

Brush up on your constellations and Greek mythology as a family. Head into the tub on a night where there aren’t any clouds to see the stars at their finest. This is not only a great way to educate your children, but it can also create some friendly competition. See who can find the North Star first or challenge them to find Canis the Dog, Draco the Dragon, and Equus the Horse. Even though it’s practically impossible to impress your kids at their age, show off you knowledge of Greek mythology, or see who can come up with the funniest renditions of the ancient stories.

UNO!

It doesn’t matter how much teenage angst your kids have built up, everyone can get on board with a game of UNO. Stock up on a waterproof deck and let the fun times fly. Even better, up the ante and let the winner skip out on dish washing duty! If teaching your kids the basics of Texas Hold ‘Em is more your style, pick up some traditional waterproof game cards, too.

Food for Thought

Stretch out the evening with your family’s favorite grub. Bribe your kids to join you outside with cheese and crackers, fresh fruit, and veggie dip. If that’s not enough to get them to hang out with you, the smell of your BBQ ribs just may do the trick. Throw some corn on the cob and burgers on the grill and you’ve got yourself a family feast. And to keep the kids coming back for your next backyard hang out, don’t forget to treat them with some dessert.

Hanging out with your family in the hot tub doesn’t have to mean silently staring at one another and watching the seconds tick by. Use this opportunity to strike up conversation, play some games, and get in touch with your sillier sides.

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Turn up the Heat in Your Relationship with a Hot Tub

The couple that soaks together stays together. When you’re feeling like you’ve fallen into a rut with your loved one, take your romance up a notch and retreat to your backyard hot tub. Relaxing in a spa together provides you with the perfect opportunity to catch up and spend some one-on-one time without the distractions of text messages or the score of the game. Follow some of our tips on how to use a spa to turn up the heat in your relationship:

Timing

While a late night soak under the stars is nothing short of romantic, there’s something about a sunset that just may make you fall in love all over again. Plan to hop in the tub just before twilight to marvel at the cotton-candy-colored skyline. If you have a backyard with a view, this time of day is especially enticing.

Lighting

Use lighting to create an inviting oasis. Light some tea candles around your spa, string some twinkling bulbs, or turn on the LED lamps in your tub to illuminate your backyard date. This low lighting gives off a soft and warm ambience, which is ideal for getting lost in deep conversation with your loved one.

Music

Whether turning up the heat on your relationship means singing along to your favorite oldies jams or cranking up some R&B to set the mood, a sound system is a must for your backyard retreat. Stream your music through an iPod dock or use your built-in tub stereo to set the soundtrack to your evening for two.

Massage

The beauty of a hot tub is you don’t have to beg your partner for a back massage. And better yet, you can both simultaneously receive the stress-melting pampering you desire. Take advantage of this time and let the jets target your tense muscles, from your neck to bottom of your feet. Just because you’re looking to bond, doesn’t mean you have to talk the entire time. Simply sitting back and relaxing as a couple can do wonders for your relationship.

Extras

Having some terry cloth robes and a bottle of champagne waiting when you climb out of the tub will keep the romance going. Cuddle up in your cozy robes and toast your relationship.

You don’t need some elaborate date night to rekindle your flame. Sometimes, it’s the simplicity of relaxing and spending time together in your hot tub that can give your relationship just the boost you had in mind. If you don’t have a hot tub to rekindle the fire of your relationship, view our selection of hot tubs today.

How Hot Tubs Can Help With Blood Circulation

After a long day at the office, a rejuvenating dip in your hot tub can turn your drab day into a fab one in minutes. As you submerge your body into the warm water, you’ll immediately feel your muscles begin to loosen up and your stress start to melt away. In addition to helping you relax after a demanding day, a soak in your hot tub can temporarily alleviate your poor circulation.

Symptoms of Poor Circulation

Those of you who suffer from poor blood circulation may experience symptoms such as fatigue, pain, and even numbness. People who have circulation problems sometimes experience shortness of breath and difficulty exercising, too. If you suspect you have poor circulation, consult a doctor as these conditions could worsen or become more serious.

Causes of Poor Circulation

There are various reasons for poor circulation, some of which relate to unhealthy habits such as smoking, eating junk food, and failing to exercise. However, more serious conditions may be responsible for your poor circulation, including arteriosclerosis, high cholesterol, and kidney, lung, and liver disease, among others.

How a Hot Tub May Help

While there are medications you can take and lifestyle changes you can make to improve your poor circulation, something as simple as relaxing in your hot tub could better your blood flow. Experts say the hot water in your tub causes your blood vessels to open, which in turn, lowers your blood pressure. The warmth of the water also helps encourage your blood to flow more easily, allowing better circulation throughout your body. Your spa won’t cure your poor circulation, but it may temporarily improve your symptoms.

Taking the time to soak in your hot tub can have a positive effect on both your mind and body. Regardless of whether you have poor circulation, treat yourself to a 30-minute dip a day to distress and rejuvenate. Also, find out how hot tubs can ease your joint pain.

Can Hot Tubs Improve Your Type 2 Diabetes Symptoms?

Ancient societies, from the Romans to the Egyptians, have long regarded hydrotherapy as a beneficial means to treating and relieving ailments. In modern day, hydrotherapy is often used in sports medicine and even physical therapy. While soaking in a hot tub commonly relaxes and relieves aches and pains, it may also benefit your Type 2 diabetes.

A study at McKee Medical Center in Loveland, Colorado, which was published in The New England Journal of Medicine, suggests hot tubs may have positive effects on those who have Type 2 diabetes. In the study, eight diabetics soaked in a hot tub for 30 minutes, six days a week for three weeks. As a result, many of the diabetic participants noticed positive effects, such as weight loss, reduced blood sugar levels, and improved sleep.

Benefits

Over the course of the study, the participants’ average blood glucose levels were reduced. In fact, one participant even lowered his daily insulin dosage by 18 percent. The participants also lost an average of 3.75 pounds. Though the results varied, these are valuable benefits for those who are coping with Type 2 diabetes.

The participants in the study also noted they experienced improved sleep and a better sense of well-being. While these findings are not necessarily tangible, the researchers suggested the relaxation benefits of hydrotherapy could have caused these improvements. Because the participants were taking 30 minutes out of the day to unwind and relax, which they weren’t doing otherwise, this period of relaxation may have been responsible for their improved sleep and sense of well-being.

Caution

Before soaking in a hot tub though, speak with your doctor to ensure it is safe for you. If you have diabetes and suffer from nerve damage, it is especially important to receive doctor’s approval prior to using a spa. Additionally, because relaxing in a tub can lower blood pressure, always take caution when exiting it.

While it may take additional studies to further solidify these results, upon your doctor’s approval, go ahead and soak, relax, and unwind.

The Do’s and Don’ts of Hot Tub Water Sanitation

You don’t need to be some kind of chemistry whiz to master clean and clear water in your hot tub. However, understanding certain elements of water chemistry and their interactions may make it easier for you to make your spa sparkle. The secret to maintaining a sanitized spa is all in the upkeep, so follow our simple do’s and don’ts for an inviting cloud-free, bacteria-free backyard oasis.

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Must-have Backyard Gadgets

When you’re looking to make your backyard party more inviting, sometimes it’s simply in the details. Instead of fretting over creating a masterfully designed landscape and installing the swankiest hot tub model on the market, consider some of our suggested gadgets. In fact, you may already have them lying around in your home. Re-purpose these gadgets and transform your BBQ from an ordinary cookout to something the neighbors will talk about for years.

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Hottest Accessories for Your Hot Tub

You’ve had your hot tub for a few seasons now, and it’s been a popular spot for friends and family during your backyard parties. From your luaus to your star gazing sessions, your guests are beginning to wonder how you’ll top your last hot tub festivities.

While you still want to keep your hot tub as the center attraction at your backyard bashes this summer, why not update it with the hottest accessories on the market? Shift the focus from your waterproof hors d’oeuvres and beach-y cocktails and let your new hot tub additions be the life of the party instead. To ensure your next get-together is the talk of the town, check out our favorite spa accessories:

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Joy for Joints: How a Hot Tub can Ease Your Joint Pain

You’re feeling creaky and achy. Your joints are howling in pain as a steady throb pulses through your body. Whether you pushed yourself a little too hard on the basketball court or are enduring full-blown Arthritis, a dip in a Jacuzzi® Hot Tub may be the answer to temporarily relieving your pain.

Just imagine treating yourself to a relaxing soak in a steamy hot tub while simultaneously easing your joint soreness. The combination of the hot tub’s buoyancy, heat, and hydromassage targets your discomfort and works to improve your overall quality of health.

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Essential Theme Parties for Your New Hot Tub

When it comes to planning any hot tub party, it helps to think of your think of your new hot tub as the ultimate party guest, the center of attention that everyone simply can’t get enough of. During your first 100 days as a Jacuzzi® brand hot tub owner, show off all your new hot tub has to offer with these easy ideas for hot tub party themes.

HOT TUB OPEN HOUSE Just the fact that you purchased a hot tub is a good enough reason to throw a party, so host an “Open House”-themed party that showcases your hot tub for family and friends. Grab these essentials:

• Welcome your guests with that new set of towels.
• Place a basket of flip-flops for guests so they can kick off their shoes and socks and relax.
• Put the “hot” in hot tub party with hot-themed appetizers like spicy Thai chicken skewers or jalapeño poppers. If spicy isn’t your thing, consider serving mini hot dogs.
• Provide refreshments that pack a kick of their own like habanero-infused margaritas or spiced coffee in the evening.

 

SPORTS NIGHT What better way to watch a game with friends than in a hot tub? Gather your favorite team’s fanbase together for “Sports Night”-themed hot tub party that cheers your team to victory. Grab these essentials:

• Bring the game to you by setting up the TV outside or within range of the hot tub.
• Serve hot tub-friendly appetizers or desserts featuring the colors of your favorite team. Anything served on a stick is always a safe bet to help prevent soggy crumbs.
• For whatever sport you’re watching, get some waterproof balls to toss around during commercial breaks.

 

BOOK CLUB The intimate setting of a hot tub is the perfect gathering space for your book club to discuss the book of the month. When it’s your turn to host, invite the whole group over for an evening of good friends, good conversation and lots of laughs. Grab these essentials:

• If it’s your turn to pick the book, suggest a book that’s ocean or water-themed, or maybe even something that’s on the “steamier” side.
• Try serving hot-tub friendly appetizers that match the theme of the book. If that’s too hard, serve nautical-themed snacks like grilled fish skewers or shrimp cocktails instead.
• Come up with a simple trivia game based on the book that everyone can play for prizes while in the hot tub.

 

A DAY AT “THE BEACH” If you can’t get to the beach, bring the beach to you with a hot tub party that captures the spirit of a summer day at the beach. Grab these essentials:

• Provide your guests with colorful beach towels, sunblock and flip flops when they arrive.
• Grab beach balls for guests to toss to each other. They’re also great for decoration!
• Surround the hot tub area with sea shells and beach chairs to help set the mood.
• If you’re going for a more tropical beach theme, serve island-themed drinks like Mai Tais and Mojitos.

 

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5 Mistakes to Avoid in Your First 100 Days

What you get out of your new Jacuzzi® brand hot tub is what you put into it. Ask any long-term hot tub owner and they’ll attest to the fact that there are certain things they’d wish they’d known during their first 100 days of ownership. With that in mind, make sure that you aren’t missing out on any of the opportunities your new hot tub provides with this list of 5 mistakes to avoid.

MISTAKE #1: I can’t find the time to take a dip.
Whether it’s a quick dip in the early hours of the morning, a post-work moment to decompress or a Sunday night ritual to prepare for the week ahead, all it takes is 15 minutes here and there to reap the benefits of your new hot tub. However, it’s equally important that the hot tub time you set aside is pressure-free. If it’s your usual hot tub night and you prefer to unwind on the couch with some TV instead, it’s no big deal. Your hot tub is a source of enjoyment and pleasure, not an obligation.
 


MISTAKE #2: I haven’t customized my hot tub to meet my needs.
You wouldn’t drive a new car without first adjusting your seats, mirror, radio and climate settings. Likewise, as a new hot tub owner, it’s important to find out what feels right for you when it comes to temperature, seating, jets and pressure. Use your first 100 days as a hot tub owner to familiarize yourself with each configuration and watch as, in no time, you become a certified hot tub expert!

 
MISTAKE #3: I haven’t created a family hot tub ritual.
Hot tubs are the ultimate gathering place for the entire family, which is why making hot tub time a family ritual is so effective for quality bonding time. It helps to think of it as an extension of your living room with the added bonus of heated water and massaging jets, where everyone can get together after their day to chat, relax and enjoy each other’s company. Activities like game night or star gazing help to keep all ages entertained and coming back for more.



MISTAKE #4: I haven’t hosted a hot tub party.

One of the most satisfying aspects of being a new hot tub owner is watching others enjoy the pleasure it provides. Don’t miss out on the satisfaction of showcasing your new back yard investment by hosting at least one hot tub party during your first 100 days of ownership. To help the party run as smoothly as possible, take the time to do some simple preparations in the way of refreshments, spare towels and party playlists. Hot tub theme parties are also a great way to turn it up a notch and keep your guests coming back for more.

MISTAKE #5: I haven’t used my hot tub for romance.
The hot tub is most enjoyable when in the company of at least one other person, especially when that person is your significant other. Alone time in the hot tub with that special someone allows for relaxed communication that’s free of distractions and interruptions. It’s also the ideal place for sparking romance, so the next time it’s date night, head for the back yard. Turn up the heat with some candles, romantic music and the built-in loveseat that’s ideal for couples.
 
 
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5 Easy Ways to Make Your New Hot Tub Family-Friendly

During your first 100 days as Jacuzzi® brand hot tub owner, you’ll quickly discover why it’s the ultimate gathering place for the entire family. It helps to think of your hot tub as a living room with jets, where every family member can gather together after a long day apart to chat, relax and enjoy each other’s company. As a new owner, you may be wondering how to maximize family time in the hot tub. To get the ball rolling, here are five simple ways to make your hot tub as family-friendly as possible.

INTRODUCE GAME NIGHT
Whether your family holds game night on a regular basis or you’ve tried it before without much success, moving game night to your hot tub both puts a unique spin on a classic family activity and provides yet another reason to suit up. Adding water to game night is relatively easy and requires only a few adjustments. Look for waterproof versions of playing cards, checkers and floating board games. Games like charades don’t involve any special equipment, but keep in mind it’s not as easy to move around when sitting in your hot tub.

 

KEEP THEM FED WITHOUT THE MESS
You already know the way to your family’s heart is often through their stomachs, but certain foods are better suited than others for munching on in the hot tub. Snacks like popcorn and chips aren’t the best foods for hot tubs, as they’re easily dropped into the water. Pick foods that keep little (and big) hands clean to keep the water clear and avoid soggy crumbs. Cheese and veggie trays are safe bets, as are popsicles and other foods that come on sticks.


HAVE EXTRA BATHING SUITS ON HAND
As kids get older, they sometimes become more reluctant to join in on family time. That’s where your hot tub comes in. Don’t let their budding social life get in the way of family time by extending an invite to take a dip to their schoolmates, boyfriends and girlfriends. Keeping extra bathing suits and towels on hand will ensure that any last-minute guests can comfortably join in on the fun.

 

 

FIND A CROWD-PLEASING TEMPERATURE
The best way to ensure your family enjoys their time in the hot tub is to make sure everyone’s comfortable. Keep in mind that the temperature you prefer may not be ideal for everyone else. While the majority of hot tub users enjoy a water temperature in the range of 100°F – 102°F, some prefer turning it up to the maximum of 104°F. As a new owner, it’s important to experiment with the temperature while everyone’s present. Once you find a temperature that everyone agrees on, try to stick to it, as continuously raising and lowering the heat can bump up operational costs and add wear. It’s also important to keep in mind that children under 5 should not be in hot tubs over 95°F, and should only remain in hot tubs for 5-10 minutes at a time, regardless of temperature.

MAKE IT SAFE
Most important, make sure that safety’s always top of mind when your family uses the hot tub. We recommend keeping a first aid kit nearby at all times. For younger children especially, keeping the area around your hot tub secure is a must, so you may want to consider installing slip-resistant mats. Make sure younger children know not to go near the hot tub without an adult present. Likewise, talk to teenagers about appropriate hot tub behavior. It should be made clear that the water temperature should not exceed 104° F and that plastic cups are a good rule of thumb when bringing a drink in the hot tub.
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