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Best Pinterest Ideas for Hot Tub Accessories

Need inspiration? The Internet has opened up an entirely new world of sharing and collaborating on design and decor ideas. From Facebook to Pinterest, you now have thousands of concepts at your fingertips. If you’re looking for ways to aesthetically enhance your Jacuzzi® Hot Tub, we’ve gathered some of the best Pinterest ideas for hot tub accessories:

Hot Tub Storage/Bench

The bench is an attractive accent to your backyard…and holds snack trays, games, and anything else you want to keep near your hot tub but out of your immediate walking path. It also offers a convenient seat if you’d like to cool off after a long soak.

Floating Orbs

These waterproof, color-changing lights float on the surface of your hot tub and complement the nighttime glow provided by the existing lights in your spa. You can also obtain these lights in one steady color if you would like to set a certain mood.

Plastic Playing Cards

These cards are waterproof, so you can take them in and out of the hot tub with you. You can choose a set of playing cards for some watery blackjack or “conversation cards” to get people talking. Play a game, prompt a discussion, and enjoy bonding time with friends and family.

Monogrammed Towels

Give everyone in your family a sense of hot tub ownership with towels that bear their names or initials, or a favourite emblem or statement. Monogrammed towels convey both personality and class when displayed.

Side Table

Invest in a side table to keep the important things in life dry: your drink, smartphone, or the book you’ve been making your way through. An attractive side table will fit right in with your backyard décor, and can be stained to match your hot tub.

Now that you have some home improvement ideas, you’re free to capitalize on them and make them your own. What will you do with your backyard?

Top 5 Ways to Have a Jacuzzi® Bathtub Installed in Your Home

When considering adding a Jacuzzi® Bathtub to your home, the space available and style of your bathroom are undoubtedly big factors. But, what you may not realize is that the bathtub installation type also is a factor. With that in mind, here are five ways a Jacuzzi® Bathtub can be installed:

Freestanding

A freestanding bath immediately commands attention. Classic and sculpted in design, it’s unencumbered by shelving or walls and positioned to be independent of any other bathroom elements. Ideal for larger spaces, if you choose to install a tub in this manner it will be the focal point of any room.

Drop-In

A stylish installation that fits nicely with a sophisticated bathroom, the drop-in bath is offered in multiple shapes, including rectangle, oval, and corner. This makes it a popular installation type as it suits a variety of bathroom configurations. It features a distinctive rim, which provides a slightly dramatic look as well as a comfortable place to rest your head during a hot soak.

Undermount

With this method, your bathtub is concealed in a contained unit that features an appealing surface top of marble, stone, or tile. This surface with be the aesthetic highlight, as only the interior of the tub will be visible. An undermount installation is perfect for those who seek a clean, uncluttered appearance and would like to choose from a variety of shapes.

Skirted

A more common bathtub installation, a skirted tub is designed to be surrounded on three of its four sides. This installation is best for smaller bathrooms or for those who are looking to create an intimate space of privacy and serenity. The designer outfacing skirt will add a subtle accent to your installation, without overwhelming the room.

Walk-In

A walk-in installation fulfils two needs: It is tremendously safe to access, and it fits in a confined space. You can enter and exit your tub via a door that seals upon shutting, preventing any kind of leak. Additionally, it has built-in seating to make it as comfortable as it is safe.

Whether your bathroom is tiny or expansive, and whether you prefer something subtle or dramatic, you can install a Jacuzzi® Bathtub in your home in a manner that complements and enhances your space.

The Seat Experience: Learn What 6 Popular Hot Tub Seats are Designed to Do

A Jacuzzi® Hot Tub is built with your comfort and health in mind. An important element of that is seat design–our seats are not static, they will adjust to your needs. Besides providing the perfect hydromassage, these seats allow you to recline, sit up straight, or massage specific areas of your body. Each one has been crafted to provide a specific experience, which you can learn about below. To help you choose a hot tub model, determine if you want the seats to provide:

Lower Back Massage

The MX Jet therapy seat is deeply contoured and features a cushioned headrest, placing your body in the ideal position for a maximum volume, low-pressure massage. This seat’s massage action is incredibly effective for the larger muscles in the lower back.

Relaxation

The RX seat is the epitome of quality and performance. This modest-sized jet reaches a large number of muscles and nerves in the back, providing the gentle pressure of a Swedish-style hydromassage to the places that need it most.

Muscle Knot Release

The FX rotational seat combines two types of PowerPro® Jets, stimulating the tissue of your neck and shoulders with a spinning massage. It also hits key smaller muscle groups in your lower back, generating a rifling action that will lead to increased relaxation. 

Tension Easing

This ProAir® lounge seat pinpoints and kneads a wide swath of smaller neck and back muscle groups, generating a tingling relaxation upward through your shoulders and head. Large muscles along the spine will also benefit from this seat, which features a combination of small, targeted jets and large rotational jets.

Swedish Upper Back Massage

Enjoy a Swedish hydromassage via four types of PowerPro® Jets in the PowerPro® therapy jet seat. These jets focus on the neck, shoulders, and back; you can adjust each section from high to low pressure. Enjoy a massage customized just the way you want it.

Deep Tissue Massage

Designed for maximum therapy and versatility, the FX-12 therapy seat is equipped with spiral action jets that apply pressure to back and neck muscles. Adjust the pressure to your liking and indulge in a hydromassage that will replicate the pressure of thumbs and palms kneading out tension in your muscles.

Now that you have an idea of the types and functions of the many seats offered, you’re better equipped to select the hot tub you want. Remember, not all seats are available in all models, so be sure to prioritize what type of experience you’d most enjoy in your spa.

Creating a Halloween Atmosphere in Your Hot Tub

Halloween is a special time of year for the young and young at heart. Whether or not you intend to don a costume and go trick or treating this season, there’s plenty of ways to “trick” out your spa so you can enjoy some good spooky fun in your own backyard.

Colored Lights

Switch out the bulbs in your hot tub with colorful variations. Look into the traditional Halloween orange, or try something more festive in purple, magenta, or even a cool blue. The color will brilliantly illuminate the water and change the atmosphere in your spa.

Light Strings

Hang small strings of lights from the ceiling or support beams around your hot tub to give it a vivid glow. You may also wish to set up electronic candles to create a “haunted pathway” to the hot tub. Please be very careful to keep actual electronics at least a couple feet away from the spa.

Spiderwebs

Purchase some spiderwebs and drape them from the ceiling to create a spider’s lair. You can outfit this web with various accessories, such as candies, small Halloween-themed toys, or even a large plastic spider. Alternatively, place something unexpected in the web: a toy dragon, for example, or a hockey mask.

Glowing Orbs

Place glowsticks of any color inside black and orange balloons and inflate them. When you tie off the balloons, you’ll have glowing orbs that you can use to adorn the exterior of your tub or the ceiling above it.

Halloween Snacks

No hot tub gathering is complete without some snacks, and Halloween requires a special touch. Peeled grapes and olives feel an awful lot like eyeballs, and red punch certainly looks like something a vampire would drink. Serve these treats on floating snack trays and you’ll have spooky and sweet appetizers.

You put a great deal of effort into decking out your house for Halloween. Why not give your hot tub the same amount of attention? Get into the spirit of the season and create a fun, festive environment for you and your guests to soak in. Halloween only happens once a year: Make it memorable!

How a Hot Tub Can Minimize Gadget Distraction

We live in a fast-paced world. The wide usage of smartphones, tablets, and extremely lightweight computers means we’re constantly connected to each other, our workplaces, and the world itself. According to WebMD, “Using smartphones for bedside business [is] associated with sleeping less.” This may lead to poor performance at work and a lower quality of life as a whole.

Give yourself a break from this constant stream of information and commit to shutting off your various devices an hour or two before bedtime. Your spa can help you stick to this rule and act as a medium to reset your brain and re-focus your center. When you need to set aside your electronics and minimize gadget distraction, your hot tub is an asset because it:

Helps You Designate a Technology Cut-Off Time

Your entire life is scheduled: It’s the only way to fit everything in. You schedule work, family, doctor’s appointments, and so on, and your electronics are never far away. Schedule some time to turn it all off, as well. For example, for about two hours before your bedtime, all electronics must be set aside and 30 minutes of those two hours will be used for a soak in your spa. Ease into your hot tub and let it relax you; you may even find it easier to fall asleep once you’re out.

Reminds You to Make Time for Yourself

You’re constantly on the move. You work during the day, see your family and friends at night, and often forget to take time for yourself while you attend to the needs of everyone else. It’s time to make time for yourself: Your hot tub is a sacred, quiet place to regain peace of mind. Switch off your gadgets, climb into your spa, and relax. You’ll have no IMs, no texts, and no emails to deal with; this is a time for reflection and rejuvenation.

Encourages Distraction-Free Family Time

Families are constantly pulled in different directions. Kids have after-school activities, homework, and friends; parents have work to do or other obligations to meet. Set aside a portion of time each week to relax together in your hot tub. Each family member must put down their gadgets, whether it’s a smartphone or an Xbox controller, and jump in the hot tub. Then turn on the jets, talk about your day, your week, and everything else on your mind. Family members of all ages enjoy hot tubs; whether your loved ones are 16 or 60, you’ll find this to be a great middle ground to use for bonding time.

Encourages You to Stay Relaxed…Even After You Emerge

To maximize your relaxed state, leave your gadgets alone once you emerge from your hot tub. Unwind with a good book, or sip a cup of hot chocolate to stay unplugged before drifting off to sleep.

It’s important to be able to go offline every now and then. Your hot tub is a faithful reminder that life doesn’t always have to fly at breakneck pace, so put on your swimsuit and leave the gadgets on the table – your mind and body will thank you.

3 Ways to Convert Your Backyard for Winter Enjoyment

Winter is almost here, which means it’s time to start updating your yard before the weather gets too cold. Don’t just duck indoors when the skies become gray; instead, make some adjustments to your outdoor space to ensure it’s enjoyable in the coming months. To maximize your outdoor experience, here are three ways to convert your backyard for winter enjoyment:

Improve Lighting and Safety

Nothing is quite as effective at creating an attractive environment as lighting, especially in snow-covered yards. Hang strings of colored lights from your trees or place ground lights amidst your flora and fauna. A brighter yard is also much safer to navigate as it starts to get darker, earlier. Mix different types of lights—like lanterns, well lights, and deck lights—to create the type of mood you prefer. Spotlight particular structures, such as your gazebo or hot tub, or create well-lit paths around your yard.

Generate Ambiance

Even if you won’t be spending as much time in your backyard as you do in the warmer months, you can still create ambiance and a enjoy a beautiful setting when bundled up. For yards without a fence, protect your family’s privacy while adding an appealing enclosure to your home. You can choose fencing with a staggered topline or ornamental shapes, or perhaps look into stone or brick fencing to give your backyard a snug, sheltered feel. You may also wish to set up outdoor privacy screens. These come in a variety of types and finishes, including real and faux wood, and provide both a sense of seclusion and comfort. Additionally, adding some weatherproofed furniture to your backyard will tempt family and friends into the great outdoors on the milder winter days.

Create Warmth

Purchase deck heaters or a fire pit to bring warmth to the cold winter months. In particular, freestanding heaters or smaller units are ideal because you can move them around at will. You can also consider investing in a hot tub. Not only will a hot tub help you warm up and relax in the winter, but it also provides hydromassage, something you may come to appreciate if your joints and muscles tend to ache or get tense in the cooler weather. A hot tub is an attractive focal point for your backyard, offers therapeutic benefits, and provides a gathering place for family and friends to spend time together. Whether getting out of a spa or heading to sit by the fire pit, placing a chest near the back door to hold towels, blankets, and coats will keep you warm and dry.

Winter does not mean your outdoor entertaining needs to stop. Reclaim your space and enjoy your backyard no matter what the temperature. With proper care, you’ll have a wonderful place to relax after a long day at work.

Simple Exercises You Can Do in the Hot Tub

Your hot tub isn’t just a place for you to soak and relax. You can engage in a number of simple exercises while you’re sitting or standing in your spa. We’ve compiled a few that we think you’ll find comfortable and enjoyable:

Head Circles

Sit down in your hot tub. Rotate your head from shoulder to shoulder very gently, tilting your head forward, right, back, and left before returning to your starting position. Repeat three times.

Leg Lifter

While sitting in the hot tub, place your hands on the seat beside your hips for balance and lift your legs until they are directly in front of you. Hold for three seconds, lower them, and breathe. Repeat up to five times, gradually extending the length of time you hold your legs up.

Toe Points

Sit down in the hot tub and take several deep breaths. Raise your legs until they are directly in front of you, as you did in the Leg Lifter. Point your toes, hold for three counts, and relax. Complete up to five reps.

Blowfish

Take a deep breath and puff your cheeks out. Hold for five seconds, then let it out slowly. Relax for five breaths, then repeat. You can do this up to five times.

Ab Cruncher

Sit or stand in your hot tub. Pull in your stomach muscles so they are tight and hold for three seconds. Release. Take a breath. You can repeat this five times.

The Shrug

Sit or stand in your hot tub; alternatively, sink into the water up to your chin. Lift your shoulders in a shrug as high as they can go, hold for three breaths, and lower them. Repeat this three times.

These are just a few of the stretches and gentle exercises you can perform in your spa. Give yourself plenty of time to recover between each stretch, and make sure you check with your doctor before attempting a new exercise routine.

3 Entertaining Games to Play in Your Hot Tub

You already know how relaxing your spa is, but you might not realize just how much enjoyable it can be too. Unlike pools, most people don’t associate hot tubs with games even though there are quite a few you can play. Here are three games to try out with your friends and family this weekend:

Musical Jets

Musical jets is just like musical chairs with the added twist of involving your hot tub. Start by shutting down a portion of the jets in your spa. Have someone play a song (for example via the Bluetooth enabled Jacuzzi® Hot Tub) while everyone in the spa moves around in a clockwise motion. Just like musical chairs, when that person stops the music, everyone has to stop where they’re at. Unlike musical chairs however, where you’re scattering to find a chair, in musical jets you’re trying to sit down in front of a jet. If there isn’t a jet blowing up against you when you freeze, you’re out and have to leave the hot tub while everyone else finishes the game.

The Mine Game

Turn off the jets in your hot tub and drop in five to 10 ping pong balls, rubber ducks, or some other type of small, floating toys. The objective of the game is not to touch the floating objects; you can scramble out of the way as much as you can, but your feet must remain in the tub.

If you come into contact with an object, you have to leave the tub and place two more objects inside. After a few minutes, whoever has survived the onslaught of small toys is the victor.

Hot Tub Hockey

Using a ping pong ball or something else that floats, hot tub hockey involves trying to move this object to your opponent’s side of the spa without using your hands. Start off by placing the ping pong ball in the middle of the tub, between you (your team) and your opponent. Each time your team manages to move the ball to the opposing team’s wall, you earn a point. Splashing is allowed and can be a great way to heat up the competition! The team that scores three points first is the winner.

Most Popular Backyard Additions to Complement Your Hot Tub

As a hot tub owner, your backyard is probably already your go-to relaxation spot. But what if you want to take it further than just soaking in your spa? Here are four outdoor additions to complement your hot tub and backyard:

Add More Water
Create your own oasis by installing a waterfall. Used in places known for serenity, like massage therapy rooms, the sound of a waterfall is synonymous with relaxation. Ponds, which can include waterfalls, koi fish, or other additions, can also make your backyard more attractive and inviting.

Incorporate Fire

Similar to a bonfire on the beach, a fire pit can give your backyard a sense of nostalgia that can be very soothing after a long day. Whether you build a permanent outdoor fireplace or purchase a portable version, make sure to check your local ordinances before you invest as some cities limit the size and use of fire pits. Tiki torches are also a nice way to give your backyard that resort feel, as well as helping keep the bugs away.

Create a Yoga or Relaxation Area
Similar to the way your hot tub provides a variety of hydrotherapy benefits for your entire back, yoga is a great way to relax and relieve your spine of the compression it endures each day. Create a dedicated outdoor space for yoga, meditation, and other relaxation methods to give you and your family members a place to unwind each day.

Build an Outdoor Bar
Whether you’re enjoying a glass of wine with your partner or entertaining friends, an outdoor bar can make your backyard a more welcoming environment. Rather than disrupting conversation to trek back and forth from the kitchen, this outdoor addition provides that added convenience of having a fully stocked bar and glassware on hand, making entertaining more enjoyable and less stressful.

How to Use Technology to Track Your Health

From preventive screenings to greater transparency with food labeling to at-home remedies like the hydrotherapy provided by your hot tub, there is a wellness movement taking place in America, and being proactive about your health is at the heart of it. Here are some additional ways you can take your well-being into your own hands with the help of technology:

The Withings Smart Body Analyzer

With the Smart Body Analyzer from Withings, you can measure your weight, body composition, heart rate, and air quality, all with one device. Not only does this scale provide an extremely accurate weight measurement, but it calculates your body fat and Body Mass Index (BMI) as well. The scale also takes your pulse each time you weigh yourself, so you can track your heart rate. All this information, including your bedroom’s air quality, is stored in the accompanying Health Mate app so you can track your daily health.

Beddit Sleep Sensor

Place the Beddit film sensor under your bedsheet, install the Beddit app on your smartphone, and drift off to sleep. Beddit will monitor your heart rate, breathing, sleep cycles, and sleep time, and the data it collects will be transferred to your phone. When you wake up, you can see how you slept the night before, including restless moments, snoring, and periods where you may have gotten out of bed.

The sensor provides an overall sleep score to help you better understand your individual sleep patterns and determine the things you might need to improve in order to get a better night’s sleep.

Apple® and Samsung’s Health Tracking Plans

Even the world’s two biggest mobile technology companies are getting involved. It was unveiled on June 2 this year at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco that Apple will be teaming up with the Mayo Clinic to create a new app called Health.

Health has been described by its developer as “a dashboard for your health,” and will provide an easy-to-read compilation of the data your other health and fitness apps collect. Track the number of steps you take, monitor your blood sugar and cholesterol, and share your data with whomever you like – send the information to your accountability buddies, or keep it private.

Samsung®, not to be outdone, will offer the Simband. Wrap the Simband around your wrist and it will measure diagnostic information, such as heart rate and skin conductance, which can be indicators of illness or stress.

As a hot tub owner, you probably already know the health benefits your spa can bring you. These exciting new technologies will complement your existing efforts and help you maintain and improve your health for years to come.

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.

Top Ways to Beat Your Empty Nest Syndrome

For many parents who have devoted their lives to raising their children, dealing with them moving out on their own can be very difficult. While most parents experience a certain level of sadness and nostalgia about no longer being as intricately involved in their sons or daughters’ lives, an empty nest also opens up a world of possibilities. Today, we’ll take a look at some ways to help you adapt to and enjoy your new lifestyle.

Focus on You
While there may be nothing more satisfying than being selfless and sacrificing personal gratification for the betterment of your children’s lives, this is the time to discover how fun it can be to focus on yourself or your relationship with your partner. Maybe you get to sleep in more; maybe your weekends are open again rather than being at their sporting events. Whatever it may be, try to appreciate the opportunity to rediscover things that you enjoy doing with your newfound flexibility. Write down a list of things you had always wanted to get around to doing and do them!

Lean on Friends and Family
While your kids may be moving on to college or “the real world,” that doesn’t mean you’re alone. Lean on your friends and family during this transition and try branching out. Meetup groups or even adult continuing education classes are a great way to find new friends and new hobbies.

Volunteer
Helping make a difference in someone’s life is one of the things that parents find so rewarding. As a volunteer, you have the opportunity to help make a positive impact on the lives of those who need it most. Get involved with your city’s local volunteer organization or reach out to nonprofit organizations in your area to ask how you can help.

Get a Pet

Sometimes the loss of companionship is the hardest part about not having your children around as frequently. Pets are the ultimate companions and have proven to increase happiness and life satisfaction. Your local animal shelter or pet rescue organizations are always looking for people who can provide a loving home.

Transform Your Home
Now is the time to transform your home into a more fun, relaxing place for you and your partner. Perhaps you’d like to convert one of the kids’ rooms into an art studio or man cave. Maybe you can finally repaint all the walls. Or perhaps invest in some serious relaxation by adding a hot tub to your backyard. In addition to providing a number of therapeutic benefits for stress relief and exercise recovery, soaking in a hot tub can be that thing you look forward to each day.

Empty nest syndrome is normal for parents; the key is keeping it in perspective and learning how to enjoy this new phase of your life. Whether it’s a cooking class, new dog, or hot tub, you’ll soon start remembering how much fun you can have without the kids around.

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