Miscellaneous

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.

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.

What to Consider before Purchasing a Hot Tub

It’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of buying your first hot tub, but before you pull out your wallet and clear space for your spa in the backyard, consider a few factors. From figuring out how much space you’ll need to understanding the upkeep required to maintain your hot tub, here are a few pieces of advice to avoid surprises down the road.

Size

Size matters when it comes to finding the perfect spa for you. Not only do you need to decide if you want a 3-person or 7-person tub, but you also need to determine how much space you have available for your spa. Will your party-sized hot tub fit on your deck or patio with enough room for your guests to comfortably climb in and out? Measure the outdoor area and determine spa dimensions before getting your heart set on a specific tub.

Location

In addition to calculating to see if the spa you’d like will fit in your desired location, you also need a spot with access to an electrical outlet. Furthermore, you’ll want to secure a sturdy and level area where your tub will sit problem free.

Maintenance

Your hot tub will require weekly and monthly maintenance, so it’s important that you’re committed to the upkeep. Although the tasks are simple, such as testing the pH levels and draining the spa water, these chores are necessary to maintain a high-performing tub for years to come. Are you prepared to commit? Make sure you understand what kind of maintenance is expected of you before you sign on the dotted line.

Features

Do some research and shopping around to determine what features and add-ons are most important to you. Maybe you want the most energy-efficient model in the line, state-of-the-art jets, or the latest stereo technology. Visit your local Jacuzzi® dealership to wet test the models and speak to the staff members to narrow down what you want from your spa experience.

To avoid getting stuck with a hot tub that’s too big for your outdoor space or one without your favorite massage options, don’t purchase the first spa you find. Just like any good relationship, these things take time. Do your research and visit some Jacuzzi® showrooms to make an educated decision.

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.

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• 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.

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• 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.

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• 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.

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