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  1. Do You Have Arthritis Pain? Read How A Hot Tub Could Help

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    Over 70 million Americans suffer from some sort of arthritic condition. That amounts to one in three people. The pain caused by arthritis can affect daily routine activities and limit one’s ability to do the things they once loved to do.

    Thankfully, there are natural and effective ways to alleviate arthritis pain and improve quality of life. By taking advantage of the age-old ritual of warm water therapy and the proven benefits of aquatic exercise – pain relief could be just a soak away.

    Why exercise?

    When you have arthritis, the pain in your joints may make you want to limit your movements and avoid doing anything that causes more pain. This may feel better in the short term, but this lack of movement will cause you more pain over time.

    When you don’t exercise, your joints become more stiff, you lose strength in your muscles, and your range-of-motion decreases, causing you to feel more pain and to be less able to do the things you want to do.

    Although it may feel like the last thing you want to do, exercise is one of the most important steps to improving your life with arthritis.

    When you incorporate daily exercise into your life, it will not only boost your self-esteem because you will be looking and feeling great, it will give you the ability to do more of the things you love to do. Playing with your grandchildren, going for a walk, or activities like golfing and boating will be easier and less painful when you are stronger and more energized.

    You will also have more energy, be able to sleep better at night, and maintain a healthier weight. For these reasons, and many more, exercise is a vital component to any healthy lifestyle; and especially for those who want to improve their lives while living with arthritis pain.


    The science behind exercise and arthritis

    A case study performed by the Mayo Clinic found that arthritis patients who participated in an exercise regimen noted a 12.8% decrease in pain perception and an 18.2% decrease in difficulty performing daily tasks. The exercise regimen that the group participated in was The National Sleep Foundation’s Aquatic Exercise program, in which the participants used water exercise as their main source of activity.

    The main purpose of this particular study was to investigate how water exercise could improve the day-to-day living of individuals living with arthritis and arthritic conditions.

    The study concluded that, “[…] both aquatic and on-land exercise protocols effectively increase the quality of life for those suffering from arthritis.”

    Benefits of water exercise in a hot tub

    Exercising in water is a viable alternative to those who have difficulty with traditional exercise due to limited mobility, and water exercise in a hot tub offers even more therapy benefits.

    It can be difficult for those with arthritis to participate in traditional on-land warm ups, which is one of the reasons why a hot tub is a great alternative. It’s important to properly warm up the body before any exercise routine since warm muscles move with greater ease and flexibility – posing less risk for injury. The warmth of the water in a hot tub will warm up the muscles with little to no physical stress and prepare the body for exercise by increasing circulation and elevating heart rate.

    The aquatic environment is an ideal place for low-impact exercise. The buoyancy of the water helps support the joints, thus allowing for freer movement and greater range-of-motion. The gentle resistance of the water is ideal for low-impact strength training.

    The warm water therapy benefits from a hot tub are also relaxing, therapeutic, and have been used for centuries to treat various health ailments.

    Water exercises for arthritis

    If exercise has been approved by your doctor as a method to treat your arthritis, there are a variety of water exercises recommended by the Mayo Clinic and other health professionals that are easy to learn and simple to perform.

    Most of the exercises involve movements to improve range-of-motion while at the same time strengthening muscle and receiving aerobic benefits.

    Here are 3 exercises recommended by the Mayo Clinic to help treat arthritis that you should ask your doctor about:

    • Range-of-motion exercises. These are daily exercises that help to relieve stiffness in your joints and increase range-of-motion by mimicking the movements you do in daily life.

    • Strengthening exercises. Strong muscles help support and protect your joints. Exercise bands like those found in the the Aquacisor Hot Tub offer many aquatic strength training options to give you a full body strength training workout.

    • Aerobic exercise. Aerobic exercise is important to your overall health. It will help you maintain a healthier weight, give you more energy and help you sleep better at night. A common hot tub aerobic exercise that is low-impact and easy on your joints is walking in water. The water gives you just enough resistance to get your heart rate up to an aerobic, calorie burning level.

    Water exercise at home

    If your doctor advises you to participate in aquatic exercise or warm water therapy for your arthritis, you may want to consider investing in a hot tub for your home.

    ThermoSpas designed a hot tub in collaboration with the National Arthritis Association that was specifically designed for arthritis sufferers – The Healing Spa. This hot tub addresses all the needs and limitations of arthritis sufferers from the knobs to the specially designed easy-entry system.

    Are you ready to enhance your life with the power of warm water therapy? Request your free brochure and DVD today or call us at 1-800-876-0158 to speak with a ThermoSpas representative.

  2. Swim Your Way to A Healthier Heart with a Swim Spa

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    February is National Heart Month.

    Heart Disease is a serious condition that is the #1 leading cause of death among men and women in the United States.

    Scary numbers, but the good news is that with simple lifestyle changes, the risk of heart disease decreases substantially.

    Simple steps include proper food choices, an effective exercise program, and stress reduction.

    The American Heart Association recommends 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week of physical activity for a healthy heart.

    Physical activity includes anything that makes you move your body and burn calories.


    Exercise is good for your heart

    Swimming is an excellent calorie burning workout that is low-impact, fun, and suitable for the whole family.

    If you want to learn more about the benefits of water exercise, read our popular article 5 Little Known Ways Water Exercise Can Help You Get (and Stay) Fit.

    Unfortunately, not everyone has the resources or space for an in-ground pool in their home, or the time to travel to the local swimming pool several days a week.

    This is why a portable Swim Spa is an appealing alternative to those looking to enhance their health and lifestyle.

    What is a Swim Spa?

    The Swim Spa by Thermospas is a self-contained hot tub that delivers a continuous water current you can swim against. The Swim Spa doubles as a relaxation and entertainment hot tub that fits up to 12 people comfortably.

    A swim spa can fit in most any space, inside or outside and it provides endless hours of continuous swimming, entertaining and relaxing – all in one portable unit!


    Thermospas Swim Spa for Exercise & Relaxation

    How much does a Swim Spa cost?

    Many people are surprised that a portable Swim Spa is much more affordable than an in-ground pool!

    Not only is a Swim Spa less expensive; Swim Spa owners get more use out of their spa than pool owners because they can use their spa all year long  for both swimming and entertaining.

    Thermospa Swim Spas require less maintenance than a pool, are portable and can be taken with you when you move, do not require expensive building code regulations, are space efficient, and won’t effect the saleability of your home.


    Thermospa Swim Spa for Family & Entertaining

    Free delivery and installation are included in the price, so you can have your unit up and running within a matter of hours.

    If you want to hear about one couple’s Thermospa installation experience, you can watch Jim and Lynette’s Hot Tub Installation Slideshow.

    All of Thermospas hot tubs are custom built and sold factory direct, so you don’t pay for features you don’t want.

    Learn More at Thermospas


  3. 5 Little Known Ways Water Exercise Can Help You Get (and stay) Fit

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    Water exercise in a hot tub will not only make you look better and feel younger; it can also improve your posture, sleep, muscle definition and weight. All these benefits while doing something you enjoy, without ever needing to leave your driveway!

    1. Core Strength for Better Posture, Balance and Performance

    Walking or jogging in water while keeping a vertical position works your abdominal and lower back muscles at the same time. These are the core muscles that are required for good posture, balance and overall strength.

    Resistance exercises like walking in water,  are the best types of exercises to strengthen bones and enhance balance and coordination, helping to prevent Osteoporosis and reducing the risk of falls and injuries [Aquatic Fitness Research Journal, 2005, Volume 2, Number 1].

    The Aquicisor Fitness Hot Tub by Thermospa is the deepest hot tub available, so it’s ideal for walking and jogging with full body water immersion and getting those core muscles toned.


    2. Sleep More, Weigh Less

    Exercise in general improves sleep patterns and burns calories; but combine exercise, water fitness, and a soak in the hot tub and the sleep benefits are enhanced. Better sleep is attributed to the increase in blood flow, changes in temperature, and enhanced muscle conditioning from hot tub exercise.

    The National Sleep Foundation notes that soaking in a hot tub before bed is an excellent way to help you achieve a deeper sleep, and WebMD has linked better sleep to weight loss.

    Studies show that insufficient sleep, and sleep disruption, may affect our ability to lose weight. The studies found that people who sleep less often weigh more. Insufficient sleep may inhibit weight loss by creating hormonal imbalances that cause you to overeat when you’re awake.


    3. Cross-Training to Prevent Exercise Plateau

    Why cross-train? Doing the same exercise over and over can cause your body to experience exercise plateau. When this happens, you will stop seeing changes in your body, and this can hurt your motivation. Anyone who has ever plateaued knows the frustration of working out without shedding a pound!

    An effective exercise program needs variation, and aquatic training is perfect for adding diversity to your fitness routine.

    In water, you can perform exercises that you can’t do on land. Jog, strength train, or stretch in the resistance of submerged water and you will be working your muscles in a completely different way.

    With the Thermospa Aquacisor, you can perform virtually every exercise offered at a regular gym with the variety of tension bands now available.

    In addition, you are giving your joints a break since water exercise is zero impact, and relaxing in hot tub after a workout helps your muscles recover so you can give more to your on-land exercise later.

    Keep things fresh. Continually add new movements to your routine and prevent an exercise plateau by cross-training in a fitness hot tub.

    4. Create a Balanced Workout Effortlessly

    Did you know that water provides 12 times more resistance than air?

    Submerged water movements work multiple muscles at the same time, effortlessly creating a well-balanced muscular workout that traditional exercise strives for.

    With traditional exercise, a proper training regimen must be followed to reduce muscle imbalance. This is produced effortlessly with water exercise.

    Here is an example – on land, when you do a bicep curl, you work the bicep. In water fitness, the same movement will work both your bicep and your tricep, effectively getting much more from the same movement.

    Get more out of your workout by using bands to strength train for a balanced muscular workout in your hot tub.

    5. Create a Fitness Routine You Can Stick With

    Studies find that if people don’t have fun with a workout routine – they’ll find every excuse not to do it. People report that water-based exercise is more fun than exercising on land. This fact combined with the pleasures of using a hot tub is what make hot tub fitness the type of exercise ritual you will want to stick with.

    Finding time to workout is another hindrance to people who want to lose weight. The last thing you want to do after work is head straight to the gym. With hot tub fitness, you can work out, have fun, AND relax, without having to leave your driveway. Plus, you save money on all those hefty gym fees.

    Water fitness is an activity the whole family can do. It’s an ideal workout for people of all ages because its a fun, low-impact workout.

    If you make fitness a priority for yourself and your family, you will start to see physical and mental changes that will improve your whole life.

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  4. Aquatic Exercise for Strength and Cardiovascular Training – Thermospa

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    ThermoSpas has crafted a state-of-the art exercise hot tub called The Aquacisor that is over 4 feet deep, making it the deepest hot tub around! Not only can you relax tired muscles after a workout, you can also use the hot tub for jogging and running. Yes, jogging and running right in the hot tub! Traditional running on pavement and other hard surfaces can cause damage to the knees and can put you at risk for injury. With the Aquacisor exercise hot tub, you can get all the benefits that come with cardiovascular exercise – without damage to your joints.