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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• 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!
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• 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.
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• 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.
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