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July 13, 2019

Eliminate Back Pain on Your Summer Road Trip

Are you taking a summer road trip? Excited for the fun times and great experience with your family but worried about what sitting in the same position for days is going to do to your back?

You aren’t alone. Millions of Americans suffer with back pain, but luckily there are a few things you can do to help alleviate it.

Let’s look at how to eliminate back pain on your summer road trip.

Prepare for Your Trip

The best thing you can do in the weeks before your road trip is to use your hot tub on a regular basis.

Doing this helps you control any ongoing back pain you have and  helps control your symptoms on the road.

Regular hot tub usage helps decompress your spine and improve the circulation. This essentially loosens your back and makes it more flexible so sitting for long periods isn’t so traumatic.

The warm water and its buoyancy combine with your hot tub jets also targets your lower back and shoulders, relieving pressure in those areas. You’ll find your back and shoulders are often the areas most sore during a car trip.

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Take Care During the Trip

Here are a few tips you can use during your long summer road trip to lessen your back pain:

  • Stop frequently and move around. Just like a person with an office job, you want to stop, stretch, and walk every hour or two. Once you stop, do some small back stretches. Stretch your quadriceps and your hamstrings. Then, walk around for a bit. This will help stimulate your circulation and lessen back pain.
  • Try and stretch a bit as you drive (as long as you aren’t the driver!).
  • Adjust your seat so you have back support.
  • You can also adjust your headrest. This helps support your neck and keep the pressure off your back. Tilt it back just a bit so your head can rest on it.
  • If it’s not too hot, and you have heated seats, you can use them as heat therapy. Similar to the effects of a hot tub or a heating pad, your seat warmer can also help relieve back pain. Do keep your air conditioner on if it’s summertime!
  • If you are the driver, use cruise control so you can actually move your leg around.

Take Care During Your Vacation

If there is a hot tub at your hotel or lodging, make use of it. Use it at the end of a driving day and throughout your stay.

You also want to exercise and stretch during your trip to ensure your back pain is minimal or gone.

Final Thoughts

Taking a road trip with the family is great fun during the summer months. It’s a lifetime of memories your family will remember.

In order to return home without back pain, you can use the tips here to keep it under control. If you have chronic back pain, please consult your doctor before traveling.

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July 5, 2019

Stretching and Yoga in the Hot Tub? Yes!

You already know that soaking in your hot tub has multiple benefits.

From muscle relief, to relaxation, to increased circulation, pain reduction, and more family time, warm water hydrotherapy just keeps on giving. This is especially true if you take advantage of your spa every day.

Today, we look at stretching and yoga in the hot tub because these are two more ways for you to leverage your hot tub benefits!

First, let’s look at some benefits: (more…)

June 28, 2019

Healthy Swimming for the Summer

We live in a world filled with bacteria, and that holds true to your swimming pool as well.

And, you can bet no one wants to swim in a pool filled with bacteria, viruses, or other infectious organisms.

The reality though is that accidents happen, especially when you have a swimming pool filled with babies, children, and toddlers. So, how do you keep your pool clean?

Here’s how to have healthy swimming for the summer.

What are Recreational Water Illnesses?

Water illnesses in the pool are caused by germs. People pick up these germs by swallowing water or having contact with contaminated water. It can even be by contact with water sprays.

So, if you have a child who had an accident in the pool, everyone in your pool is at risk.

What’s more, this type of illness can be found not only in swimming pools but at water parks, water play areas, interactive fountains, lakes, rivers, and more.

Crypto (short for Cryptosporidium) is one of the most common causes of recreational water illnesses in the United States. It can cause prolonged diarrhea for up to two weeks, and you want to avoid it at all costs.

Look for These Signs

There are several signs you can look for if you’re a pool owner or simply a swimmer that might indicate a recreational water illness:

  • cloudy water
  • a strong chemical smell
  • no circulation of the water

How to Swim Healthy

You’ll find some ways to help contribute to a healthy swimming experience.

  • Shower before you get in the water.
  • If you or someone in your family has diarrhea, stay out of the pool.
  • Don’t get in the water if you have an open wound.
  • Don’t change diapers by the pool.
  • Make sure everyone in the pool knows that pee and poop are not allowed in the pool.
  • Take your kids to the bathroom every hour to help them avoid going to the bathroom in the pool.
  • Never, ever swallow the water and teach your kids to avoid that as well.

Tips for Keeping Your Pool Clean

As a pool owner, you want to have a healthy swimming experience for everyone who gets in your pool.

So, test your water on a regular basis. You can bring us a sample, and we’ll test it for free in our computerized ALEX system.

Shock your water after high bather loads. Need help? We are here for you!

Finally, keep your pool maintenance on a regular schedule and clean it often.

Final Thoughts

Keeping to a maintenance routine is vital for the cleanliness of your swimming pool and the health of your swimmers.

Clean your pool deck, your pool, and your equipment. Use the proper chemicals to avoid algae, cloudy water, dirty pools, and stinky smells.

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June 27, 2019

Ready for Your Pool & BBQ Party?

The Fourth of July is almost here! It’s time to throw the ultimate pool party and BBQ right in your backyard – one your guests will remember!

It’s a classic barbecue day with family and friends, eating your favorite American food. There’s lots of celebrating America, fireworks, and red, white, and blue.

Throwing a backyard pool party is a great way to celebrate the Fourth of July and a cool one, too. We encourage you to take this day to relax by the pool with friends and family! Are you ready for your pool and BBQ party?
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June 19, 2019

It’s What’s On the Inside That Counts

When it comes to patio furniture, it’s what’s on the inside that counts. In this article, we tell you why. (more…)

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