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New Years Resolution Series: Sauna Health Benefits

Every year we find ourselves evaluating where we stand, what the year behind us brought us, and where we want the new year to take us. For many, we resolve to do something about our health or fitness regimen. This week we bring you our second part in the two part series tied to New Years Resolutions and health. We will be exploring the sauna health benefits.

Whether you go to the gym and utilize the sauna there or are contemplating if it would be worth it to invest in a sauna for your home, there’s no question there are many health benefits stemming from the use of saunas. Here are some of our top picks for the sauna health benefits you can reap the rewards from.

Stress Relief

We all know that stress can take a toll on our appearance, as well as, physical and mental health. Saunas are known to provide stress relief in several ways.

The isolation from distractions that saunas inherently provide can do wonders if you’re in need of decompressing from a long day. In addition, the heat produced by a sauna increases circulation, relaxes muscles, and even contributes to the creation of endorphins.

Pain Relief

Just as we mentioned in our post about Hot Tub Health Benefits, heat is your friend when it comes to pain relief. Elevated temperatures found in saunas (or hot tubs) cause increased blood circulation. This increase in circulation decreases pressure on achey joints and soothes sores muscles. If you deal with aches and paints frequently, a daily sauna session may be just what you need.

Improved Cardiovascular Health

Although nothing can replace exercise, some studies have shown that the use of a sauna may provide similar health benefits to that of regular exercise. With the increase in body temperature that comes as a result of sitting in a sauna, heart rate increases. This increase in heart rate has shown to potentially decrease the risk of cardiovascular diseases according to MedicalNewsToday.com.

Flushing Of Toxins

Depending on who you ask, this next sauna health benefit may or may not be entirely true, however, it does have some historical references to back it up. Due to the high amount of sweating an individual does while in a sauna (the average person loses a pint of sweat per 10-15 minute sauna session), some believe that this aids in flushing toxins from the body. Sweat sessions used as therapy date back to the days of Mayan civilization so it doesn’t seem unlikely that saunas could provide similar benefits.

Improved Sleep Quality

Not unlike the health benefits from the use of hot tubs, saunas can also help to improve the quality of your sleep. Correlating back to the elevated heat in a sauna environment, once the heat wears off, your body gradually starts to cool down. This slow decline in endorphins can leave you primed for a deep good night’s sleep.

That concludes our two part series on New Year’s Resolutions and your health. The only thing you will need to resolve now is whether you want to bring one of our beautiful Marquis spas or Finnleo saunas home with you next.

*Please note our expertise is in swimming pools, hot tubs, and saunas. If you have any questions pertaining to your health, please seek the consultation of a licensed physician.

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New Years Resolution Series: Hot Tub Health Benefits

Every year around the beginning of the year, we find ourselves making resolutions to make changes in our life for the upcoming year. Headed into 2018, the most common New Year’s resolution made was centered around “being more healthy”. This could include things such as mental health, physical health, weight loss, work out regimen, and eating habits. While we can’t say that hot tubs are the answer to all, there are many hot tub health benefits.

In Part 1 of our 2-part New Year’s Resolution Series, we explore the many hot tub health benefits. These benefits could be just what you need to stick to your New Year’s resolution once and for all.

Sleep Aid

Research has shown that when your body temperature drastically drops you are prone to falling asleep faster and better quality sleep. Have you ever noticed when you take a hot shower or bath in the evening you tend to cozy up under the covers and fall fast asleep before your head hits the pillow? This is exactly what we’re talking about.

If you’re having trouble falling asleep, take advantage of this hot tub health benefit and try it some evening. See if you notice a difference.

Stress Relief

In a world full of “instantaneous everything” and an ever increasing pace of life, it’s no wonder so many of us find ourselves stressed out!

Hot tubs have proven to do wonders for relieving stress…both physical and mental. It makes perfect sense too! With a hot tub you have the perfect trifecta of hot water, massaging jets, and a feeling of weightlessness. All of this combined can attribute not only to the relief of mental stress, but also relief from joint pressure and the pain it can cause as a result.

Cold Remedy

As Iowans, living through the chill of winter every year, many of us are used to warding off the common cold and many other seasonal health ailments.

Through the steam created in a hot tub environment, cold symptoms such as congested nasal passages can often be remedied. Tension headaches are often a result of nasal and sinus congestion, as well. Taking advantage of hot tub health benefits like this can give you a two-for-one bonus!

Pain Relief

For people suffering from bone or joint related pain, hot tubs are said to provide some much appreciated relief.

Due to an increase in buoyancy caused by water and bubbles we begin to feel a sense of weightlessness. In addition, the heat from the hot tub causes increased blood circulation. Paired together, our muscles tend to relax which alleviates pressure on our joints and reduces pain from ailments such as tendonitis, carpal tunnel, or even arthritis.

Recognize the name Jacuzzi? There’s a story behind that. The son of Candido Jacuzzi was known to have rheumatoid arthritis. It is said that in Jacuzzi’s search to solve his son’s pain, the concept for the modern day hot tub was born.

Promotes Healthier Skin

Searching for that healthy glow your skin once had? Heat and steam from soaking in a hot tub is yet another health benefit you can get used to.

The heat causes improved circulation which delivers oxygen and nutrients to your skin leaving you with that youthful glow you’ve been looking for.

Many of the Marquis spas we carry in our showroom offer a Microsilk feature, as well. This feature is specifically designed to leave you with beautiful, radiant skin. Want to know more about Microsilk? Stop into our retail location to learn which of our beautiful hot tubs accommodate the feature, or read more here.

You’re now equipped with the knowledge of the wide array of hot tub health benefits available to you. Make good on your resolution this year and every year by focusing on your health for you and your loved ones. We’re here to help!

*Please note our expertise is in swimming pools, hot tubs, and saunas. If you have any questions pertaining to your health, please seek the consultation of a licensed physician.

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New Years Resolution Series: Hot Tub Health Benefits

Every year around the beginning of the year, we find ourselves making resolutions to make changes in our life for the upcoming year. Headed into 2018, the most common New Year’s resolution made was centered around “being more healthy”. This could include things such as mental health, physical health, weight loss, work out regimen, and eating habits. While we can’t say that hot tubs are the answer to all, there are many hot tub health benefits.

In Part 1 of our 2-part New Year’s Resolution Series, we explore the many hot tub health benefits. These benefits could be just what you need to stick to your New Year’s resolution once and for all.

Sleep Aid

Research has shown that when your body temperature drastically drops you are prone to falling asleep faster and better quality sleep. Have you ever noticed when you take a hot shower or bath in the evening you tend to cozy up under the covers and fall fast asleep before your head hits the pillow? This is exactly what we’re talking about.

If you’re having trouble falling asleep, take advantage of this hot tub health benefit and try it some evening. See if you notice a difference.

Stress Relief

In a world full of “instantaneous everything” and an ever increasing pace of life, it’s no wonder so many of us find ourselves stressed out!

Hot tubs have proven to do wonders for relieving stress…both physical and mental. It makes perfect sense too! With a hot tub you have the perfect trifecta of hot water, massaging jets, and a feeling of weightlessness. All of this combined can attribute not only to the relief of mental stress, but also relief from joint pressure and the pain it can cause as a result.

Cold Remedy

As Iowans, living through the chill of winter every year, many of us are used to warding off the common cold and many other seasonal health ailments.

Through the steam created in a hot tub environment, cold symptoms such as congested nasal passages can often be remedied. Tension headaches are often a result of nasal and sinus congestion, as well. Taking advantage of hot tub health benefits like this can give you a two-for-one bonus!

Pain Relief

For people suffering from bone or joint related pain, hot tubs are said to provide some much appreciated relief.

Due to an increase in buoyancy caused by water and bubbles we begin to feel a sense of weightlessness. In addition, the heat from the hot tub causes increased blood circulation. Paired together, our muscles tend to relax which alleviates pressure on our joints and reduces pain from ailments such as tendonitis, carpal tunnel, or even arthritis.

Recognize the name Jacuzzi? There’s a story behind that. The son of Candido Jacuzzi was known to have rheumatoid arthritis. It is said that in Jacuzzi’s search to solve his son’s pain, the concept for the modern day hot tub was born.

Promotes Healthier Skin

Searching for that healthy glow your skin once had? Heat and steam from soaking in a hot tub is yet another health benefit you can get used to.

The heat causes improved circulation which delivers oxygen and nutrients to your skin leaving you with that youthful glow you’ve been looking for.

Many of the Marquis spas we carry in our showroom offer a Microsilk feature, as well. This feature is specifically designed to leave you with beautiful, radiant skin. Want to know more about Microsilk? Stop into our retail location to learn which of our beautiful hot tubs accommodate the feature, or read more here.

You’re now equipped with the knowledge of the wide array of hot tub health benefits available to you. Make good on your resolution this year and every year by focusing on your health for you and your loved ones. We’re here to help!

*Please note our expertise is in swimming pools, hot tubs, and saunas. If you have any questions pertaining to your health, please seek the consultation of a licensed physician.

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How To Cut Your Swimming Pool Energy Costs

This week we broke out the confetti and cake for…wait for it…National Cut Energy Costs Day! Wait, you did too? Then you’ll love these tips we’ve put together on how to take full advantage of the subject and cut your swimming pool energy costs this year.

Energy efficiency continues to be a hot topic of discussion for our lifestyles in general, but when it comes to swimming pools, there are ways to cut costs and conserve energy, as well. Here’s what we recommend:

Invest in a variable speed pump

Whether you’re building a new pool or needing to replace the pump on your existing, investing in a variable speed pump is the most advisable way to save on your swimming pool energy costs. A variable speed pump can be programmed to run at the minimum speed necessary to complete tasks relevant to the upkeep of your pool e.g. cleaning, heating, etc.

Pentair offers a wide range of variable speed pumps to fit your needs and budget like the IntelliFlo VF and many more.

If you’re the type of person who needs proof…as in “Show me the money” proof, check out this handy savings calculator to learn just how much you will save by switching to a variable speed pump.

Make sure you have a pump that fits the size of your pool

Many pool owners commonly make the mistake of installing a swimming pool pump that is the incorrect size for the pool they have. The larger the pump, the harder it works; as a result increasing your swimming pool energy costs.

To reduce costs, make sure you have the smallest pump necessary to accommodate the size of your pool. Typically for residential pools a .75 horsepower pump will do the trick. Of course if you’re not sure if you have the “right sized” pump, you can always request a house call from us here to provide you with our expert analysis.

Use a robotic cleaner

A robotic cleaner may cost more upfront, however, the investment will save you on your swimming pool energy costs in the long run. There are three pool cleaner options: suction-side, pressure-side, or robotic. Robotic cleaners are considered the most energy efficient of the three, by far, saving you up to $500 annually based on lower kilowatt usage.

Kreepy Krauly by Pentair Prowler 920

 

Be mindful of off-peak times

As children we were taught to turn off the lights when leaving the room. The same lesson can be applied when running pool equipment, lighting, and water features.

During off-peak times and times when you are not using your swimming pool, turn off your pool lights, water features, or other pool equipment to conserve energy. With the advanced technology and automated controllers of today, you can event program the times that all of this occurs.

Flip the switch to LED lights

Upgrading to LED lights in your pool can not only save you money, but also the hassle of having to change lightbulbs constantly. If building a new pool, LED installation is common practice. If you have an existing pool, transitioning from incandescent bulbs to LED will depend on the light niche installed at the time of the pool construction, however, there are solutions for this, as well.

What are ways you have found to cut your swimming pool energy costs?

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