It’s Time to Build Your Winter Fitness Plan

Spice up your fitness routine to get active and stay healthy all winter long. A swim spa, hot tub, or indoor pool will be your new favorite spot for exercising for an intense, full-body workout with low impact on your joints.

If you’re considering adding water to your exercise routine and want to add a hot tub or pool to your home, the pHin team is here to help you get started:

The Benefits of Water Workouts

Water offers resistance, making exercises in the pool or swim spa more challenging without additional equipment. Aquatic exercises are beneficial for a full-body workout to build muscle and boost cardio endurance.

Seniors and those with chronic conditions can also benefit from aquatic exercises that can help to soothe with frequent joint and muscle pain from. The water buoyancy is gentle and low impact to reduce the stress on joints. Some exercises use foam “weights,” but many can be done with no extra equipment!

Set Your Goals

As you plan your aquatic workouts, decide which part of the body you would like to focus on. Are you looking to build muscle in your arms and core, or do you want to increase your cardio endurance? Tailor your exercise plan to fit your personal needs whether that be strength or cardio training.

If you want to increase overall cardio endurance, consider walking or jogging in the water. Swim spa owners can take advantage of their system’s water resistance feature, and some swim spas even allow them to swim “laps.” In an indoor pool owner, you can walk or jog back and forth across the pool and increase muscle with arm and leg raises, pushups against the wall, butterfly kicks, and other routines that require more space.

Stay Safe

Using your indoor pool or swim spa as your exercise routine can put you on the path to achieving fitness goals, big or small. As you build your aquatic exercise plan, check with your doctor to make sure the plan is acceptable for you. You should always wear water shoes in the water to prevent yourself from slipping during your workout. It’s important to pay attention to your body as you are exercising: because you’re working out in the water, you may not realize how tired and sweaty you become, so it’s important to stay hydrated.

Safety equipment is important, but don’t forget the water quality. Especially in hot water where you’ll be sweating, the water must be well maintained to prevent harmful bacteria from growing. Choosing a pool workout doesn’t have to add more work, you can easily use the pHin Smart Water Monitor to keep the water balanced and safe. From the app, you can simply check if the water is safe before each workout. And it’ll keep your water in-shape with water testing and simple chemical dosing instructions.

Happy exercising!

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.