Maximizing A Hot Tub for Post-Workout Recovery

Working out is good for your health and it can also boost your mood. To get the most out of physical activity, it’s important to wind down and stretch afterward to prevent achy, tired muscles. According to some new research, heat plays an important role in post-exercise recovery.

The benefits of heating muscles and blood makes recovering after a workout more efficient. The heat helps initiate the healing process, increases blood flow and, best of all, relaxes your muscles. Whether you run, spend a day on the slopes, attend a yoga class, or lift weights at the gym, a hot tub or swim spa soak can help relax those aching muscles. The warm water helps you — and your muscles — relax but the jets can also be used to target specific areas of extreme soreness.

If you already use a hot tub or are considering adding a hot tub to post-workout recovery, the water and equipment need to be kept in good condition. One of the best ways to extend the life of your tub is to keep it clean. Remember to shower before you enter the hot tub, because water balance can be easily thrown off from sweat and dirt. You don’t want to be stressed about the dangers of algae, or other factors that can cause a rash from unbalanced hot tub water.

For that post-workout relaxation, you need to be confident that your water is clean and safe for soaking at any time. You don’t have to worry about trying to get it balanced after exhausting yourself from a workout with smart water monitoring solution like pHin can help you know at-a-glance that your hot tub is properly balanced. pHin tracks your hot tub water quality, measuring your pH, sanitizer, and temperature over 1,000 times per week. It also notifies you when your water is out of balance and provides dosing recommendations of the chemicals you need to make it safe to use, ensuring that your hot tub is ready to help rejuvenate your body after any workout.

Recovery is as important as a good workout. A hot tub can help you unwind after a workout and make your muscles feel great and ready for your next session.

Healthier and Happier: 3 Ways A Pool Can Help You Reach New Year’s Resolutions

It’s the time of year to start thinking about resolutions for the New Year. Many are taking the wellness track this year, or making resolutions inspired by what you believe will make you healthier and happier.

Usually, our resolutions are ambitious, ranging from losing a few pounds with diet and exercise to writing a novel, learning to play the guitar, or backpacking through Thailand. Often, our best efforts last a few weeks and taper off. But pool owners are lucky – there are four simple ways to achieve wellness in the New Year:

1. Exercise

If you have weight loss, fitness, and healthy lifestyle goals, your pool can help you reach them. Set a schedule for swimming laps a few days a week: Swimming is a low-impact, full-body workout that improves muscle tone, cardiovascular health, and overall energy. The quiet rhythm of your strokes also provides peace of mind that can be meditative and rejuvenating. If swimming isn’t your thing, water aerobics offers many of the same benefits. It can even become a group activity for the family!

2. Enjoy

Make the resolution to enjoy your pool, spa, or hot tub more regularly. All too often, people get bogged down by life and perceived maintenance hassles and end up not soaking up all the fun and relaxation they work hard to get from their pool. Here are a few ways to take advantage:

●                   Take a dip with friends and family

●                   Relax on a lounge chair by the pool and read a book

●                   Host a pool wine night

●                   Invite friends over for hot tub games

●                   Plan a neighborhood pool party

●                   Enjoy a sunrise yoga session, poolside

3. Entertain

Most pool owners want to share the fun with their friends and family. Before you get busy opening your pool this spring, break out your calendar and plan a few weekends for small pool parties or mark down milestones like graduations, birthdays, Father’s Day, and other events for poolside fun with friends. Planning ahead will ensure things go smoothly, and you’ll have time to prepare all the fixings for a great time. Impromptu pool parties can be the most fun, so it’s a good idea to make sure your pool is always prepped and ready for a good time.

Enjoying your pool more shouldn’t come with more work. There are ways to make pool care more efficient, like a smart water monitor like pHin, which automatically measure your pool’s pH, sanitizer, and temperature over 1,000 times every week and guide you through making adjustments with the chemicals you choose. Devices like these make pool care more efficient, with less time spent reading charts and more time enjoying the water.

No matter what your New Year’s resolutions are, spending more time in your pool will certainly make the coming year healthier and happier.

Get Fit in Your Hot Tub

Get Fit in Your Hot Tub

The idea of using a swimming pool to get fit is well-known to pretty much anyone who’s ever heard of swimming. Less well-known, though, is the fact that you can use your hot tub for fitness, too. In fact, a spa’s warm, bubbling water creates the ideal environment to perform a variety of exercises to get fit in your hot tub. You get a low impact workout that’s easier on your joints and prevents injury while still improving muscle tone, flexibility, and promoting weight loss. And, the warmth of the water helps increase blood flow, further enhancing your workout.

Before beginning any exercise program, you should talk to your healthcare provider to determine whether your current fitness level supports your desired activity.

Squats

Squats help you build muscle over your entire body, raising your metabolism so that you burn calories more effectively. However, this exercise really targets your leg muscles, including quadriceps, hamstrings, and calves. In addition, you work your hips and buttocks, making this a great lower body workout.

To perform a squat, stand with your feet shoulder width apart, extend your arms in front of you, and lower your body by contracting your abdominal muscles, as though sitting down. Return to an upright position. Work your way toward completing three sets of 15 repetitions.

Water Cycling

Water cycling also works your legs, hips, and abdomen, and the resistance of the water really helps increase the effectiveness of this simple exercise. Start in a seated position with your legs extended in front of you. Then, just move your legs as though pedaling a bicycle. Work your way toward three sets of 30 repetitions.

Calf Toning

If you’d like better tone and definition on your calves, simply stand flat on the bottom of your hot tub. Then, tighten your core and rise to stand on your toes, holding that position for three seconds before lowering yourself flat again. Your goal is completing three sets of 20 repetitions.

Shoulder Roll

To eliminate the stress and tension that typically grows in the shoulders, perform the shoulder roll. This exercise also helps improve joint mobility and circulation throughout the shoulders, neck, and torso. To perform the shoulder roll, stand straight and slowly roll your shoulders forward and back. Aim to complete three sets of 30 repetitions.

Trunk Twist

The trunk twist helps improve mobility by strengthening your oblique muscles. You may do these seated or standing, so long as your shoulders are submerged. Cross your arms over your chest, relax your shoulders, contract your abdominal muscles, and twist slowly from left to right, back to center, and then from right to left. Exhale on the twist and inhale during the twist back to center. Your goal is three sets of 30 twists.

Clapping

This is an extremely simple move that works muscles throughout your upper body, including chest, shoulders, biceps, and triceps. To perform the exercise, stand with your arms submerged under water. Extend your arms to the side, with your thumbs toward the sky and shoulders relaxed. Then, simply bring your hands together as though clapping, working to complete three sets of 30 repetitions.

Abdominal Workout

To strengthen and tighten your abdominal muscles, sit facing the center of your hot tub. Next, bring both knees to your chest and then extend both legs outward at the same time. Keep your back straight to get the most benefit, and do not allow your shoulders to lift upward toward your ears. Your goal is completing three sets of 30 repetitions.

Wrapping it Up

You may not be able to do the full sets when you first begin, but that’s okay. As your fitness levels increase, you may want to add more reps or more sets. You may even add light hand weights when you’re ready for a greater challenge.

Stretching before and after your workout helps prevent injury and muscle soreness. It’s even easier in the warm water of a hot tub.

If you want to make sure the water in your hot tub is always ready for a workout, consider pHin. It constantly monitors your water and tells your smartphone what you need to do to keep the water in your pool and hot tub healthy. Use it with your own chemicals for flexibility or get our single-dose, pre-measured chemicals delivered to your door. If you need someone to service your equipment, Pool Service on Demand connects you to local, qualified pool techs.