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The Value of a Wellness Routine

The Value of a Wellness Routine

Taking care of yourself should be a top priority but the stress of everyday life can cause us to lose track of our health goals and settle into habits that are hard to break. Forming a wellness routine can be the key to living a healthier lifestyle and the good news is – it is much easier than many people think!

You probably already have a morning and evening routine set in place even if you don’t realize it. The way you make your coffee, the time you leave for work, the time you feed the dog or have the kids brush their teeth are all examples of activities that probably happen around the same time each day. A wellness routine is built off of activities like the ones listed above, however, it is much more than just repeating actions.

 

What is a Wellness Routine?

A wellness routine is a way of prioritizing things in your life with the goal of living a healthier lifestyle. Many people have health goals but a wellness routine involves looking at every part of your day and transforming it into a naturally healthier life over time.

 

What are the Benefits?

A wellness routine can provide many benefits depending on what you choose to prioritize. You may place value on spending more time with family into your day and see your relationships grow as a result. Or maybe you intentionally allocate time to go grocery shopping so you are able to cook healthier meals at home. The benefits that you see will come from how you structure your time. If your goal is to exercise more often, try blocking off time in your calendar like you would for a dentist appointment or meeting. Some gyms even allow you to book classes online and then charge a cancellation fee if you don’t end up attending. Having something in your schedule makes you more likely to follow through.

You might be asking yourself, why do I need to make a routine? A study done by Tel Aviv University states that “repetitive routines are calming and help reduce anxiety. They’ll also help you take control of your day and subsequently, your life.” Every time you make a decision, you are making an energetic output. Save your energy for decisions that will create the most value in your life and stop worrying about when you will get all of the little things done. By scheduling out your day, you will find that you have much more time to accomplish your goals and therefore have plenty of time to relax and unwind before bed.

 

How do I start?

It can be overwhelming to think about where to begin, so just start by writing out the things that must be done every day and choose a time to complete those tasks. Setting a daily routine will allow you to incorporate more things into your day and will help you from stressing over the seemingly never-ending to-do list.

Once you have your daily tasks written down, start a new list with what your overall health goals are. These could include anything from: getting more sleep , staying hydrated, spending time each day journaling, or having more time for family. Once you have these narrowed down, slowly start incorporating these items into your routine.

A wellness routine has to be realistic so plan to make these incremental changes into your life over time. For example, if you want to start waking up earlier in the morning and going to bed sooner, make the change by adjusting your alarm clock in increments of 5 minutes over multiple days. Making small changes over time will make it easier for your body to naturally adapt to your new routine. If you are wanting to exercise more often, plan what times you will exercise that week and put it on your schedule. You might start with a 15-minute walk around the neighborhood twice a week, but over time that can turn into a 30-minute jog every day. It takes time to build up your motivation and see yourself making improvements.

 

Don’t be discouraged if you make some mistakes along the way. You might sleep through your new alarm or decide to ditch your healthy dinner at home to grab take-out and that is okay. The overall goal is not to restrict your life completely but to lead to a life that is naturally supporting your health and wellness plans.

 

REFERENCES

https://simplerootswellness.com/how-to-create-a-wellness-routine/

https://www.piedmont.org/living-better/why-routines-are-good-for-your-health

http://joliverwellness.com/blog/healthyroutines

https://www.nm.org/healthbeat/healthy-tips/health-benefits-of-having-a-routine

Hot Water Immersion

Hot Water Immersion

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Water not only makes up three-quarters of our body composition but is also essential to our overall health. Numerous studies have shown that soaking in warm or hot water can be extremely beneficial to both the body and the mind. Here are several ways you can benefit from soaking in hot water, as supported by a growing body of scientific research:

Healing

When we immerse ourselves in hot water, we increase blood circulation in the body. Higher blood flow allows our cells to heal and regenerate at faster speeds.

Muscle Pain Relief

As blood circulation increases, pain-causing chemicals that are built up in the tissues of the body are released. This helps muscle pain to dissipate quicker. Water’s natural buoyancy is also helpful in relieving pressure in the muscles.

Joint Pain Relief

The buoyancy of water acts as a buffer against the effects of gravity on an injured point of the body. Those who suffer from chronic arthritic pain or sports-related injuries can use warm water immersion to restore and preserve joint strength and flexibility. Just one soak can relieve muscle soreness by quickly dispersing lactic acid in areas of stress.

Lower Blood Pressure

As you immerse yourself in hot water, the body’s first reaction is to try and stabilize your temperature by pumping the heart faster to bring additional blood to the surface where it would normally disperse heat into the air. This increased blood flow means an increased supply of oxygen, antibodies and white blood cells pumping through your body; all important to promoting revitalization of the cells. This initial reaction causes an increase in blood pressure, but because the warmth quickly causes the blood vessels to dilate, the resistance on the heart is lessened, resulting in lower blood pressure.

Cardiovascular Health

Hot water encourages the heart to work faster and more efficiently, similar to how it benefits from exercise. Soaking in warm water increases your heart rate and lowers blood pressure and can be beneficial for improving overall heart muscle efficiency.

Improved Mental Health

Hot water immersion is a safe way to unwind, reduce anxiety, and cope more effectively with the challenges of daily life. Immersing yourself in warm water reduces the hormones related to stress, and causes physical changes to your body resulting in relaxation and reduced levels of anxiety. By regularly soaking in warm water, it’s possible to reduce the effects of stress and improve your overall mental health.

The effects of hot water immersion are highly beneficial, and isn’t a complicated process to follow. It’s as simple as turning on your hot tub and jumping right in. Start improving your overall health and well-being today by treating yourself to a nice, warm soak.

 

This general information is not intended to diagnose or treat any medical condition or to replace your healthcare professional.

 

REFERENCES

https://www.nspf.org/sites/default/files/sitefinity/Documents/HWHL_FlipBook2/index.html

How To: Create a Backyard Oasis

How To: Create a Backyard Oasis

Do you have an outdoor space that you just aren’t sure how to fill or decorate? Outdoor spaces provide the perfect opportunity to create a personal retreat right in the comfort of your own home. After a particularly stressful day, a backyard oasis can become a vital part of your self-care routine. You can turn an empty, bare space into a lush, tropical paradise providing all the therapeutic benefits of nature and the outdoors just steps away from your back door. Having this kind of space also presents the perfect backdrop to host intimate group gatherings or parties.

Here are some tips for creating a backyard oasis:

 

Lighting

Lighting is an important factor to consider as it enhances the aesthetic appeal and creates the mood and ambiance of a living space. The right lighting creates a safe and comfortable environment besides adding style to the overall décor. If you are hoping to create a warm and relaxing look, consider incorporating lanterns and candles. If your space will be dedicated to hosting friends and events often, consider using fun features like outdoor string lights or bright LED’s.

Greenery

Filling your oasis with trees, shrubs, and plants adds serious curb appeal and character to your oasis. It’s also one of the best ways to combat climate change. Whether it’s a small orchid or a large tree, plants have the ability to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere through photosynthesis. Who doesn’t want cleaner air to breathe? For those who live in tight quarters, plants can also be used to add and provide privacy. Smaller plants like succulents can be used to add beautiful touches to the overall ambiance. Don’t worry if you don’t have a green thumb – faux plants can be an effective, low maintenance alternative.

Special Touches

Consider adding a focal point to the space for you and your guests to gather around and enjoy each other’s company. This could be as simple as an outdoor table that can also be used to set food on or play games around. You could also add a water feature for entertainment or create a cozy atmosphere for conversation with a fireplace or bonfire pit.

Décor

Don’t be afraid to get creative and have fun adding decorations – this is your space! Since you will be the one spending the most time in it, be sure to personalize it with things that you love. Adding all the little touches that bring you joy is what will make this truly feel like a backyard oasis. Start by choosing some of your favorite colors to incorporate, and your space can continue to evolve as you add your favorite things.

While trips and vacations are always nice, home is where we spend the majority of our time. It’s important to have an area at home that is always available to us for relaxation and recharging. Creating this kind of space doesn’t have to be difficult – especially when following the steps above.

Spa Tips for Winter

Spa Tips for Winter

Many say that winter is the best time to enjoy your spa. The warm water and steam rising from the spa can protect you from the crisp, winter air and allow you to enjoy the beauty that the season provides. Here are a few tips for using and maintaining your spa during the wintertime.

WEAR A BEANIE WITH YOUR SWIMWEAR
This is more than just a fashion statement! Your body will be warm inside the spa but the top of your head might be chilly. Put a hat on to ensure that every part of you stays warm while out in the winter conditions.

HAVE THE HOT COCOA READY
What is a winter spa without a warm beverage to sip on? Bring out a tray of goodies to keep nearby while you relax!

COVER YOUR SPA
When you are not using your spa, be sure to cover it to keep the heat in and debris out! Check your cover for leaks and tears to make sure it stays in good condition.

KEEP A CONSISTENT WATER TEMPERATURE
Keeping the water at a consistent, warm temperature is more efficient and helps prevent pipes from freezing. It also makes your spa ready to use at a moment’s notice.

WATCH THE WATER LEVEL
Evaporation happens even in cold temperatures and maintaining a high water level is necessary for the pumps to work correctly. We recommend you keep the water above the jets (except for “neck jets”) and below the pillows.

HAVE EXTRA SUPPLIES ON HAND
Road conditions could make it difficult for you to get out and buy chemicals during the winter. Keep some extra supplies on hand so there is no stress during the wintertime.

If you decide to drain your spa during freezing conditions, contact your local authorized dealer for assistance.

A spa provides the perfect opportunity to relax and unwind at home. Whether alone or with friends and family, your spa will be the perfect place to enjoy winter evenings.

Island Oasis LED Lighting

Island Oasis Kick Rail LED Lighting

THESE TRENDING LED LIGHTS ARE NOW AVAILABLE ON ISLAND & ISLAND ELITE SPAS!

Lighting takes your spa experience to a whole new level!

The stunning glow of LED lights will illuminate your spa and bring the “wow” factor to your backyard. Whether you choose to have the lights rotate through the colors of the rainbow or stay on one color, you will enjoy relaxing in the glow while your muscles are massaged by the jets. For many years, people have believed that colors can affect an individual’s emotions and even health. See for yourself if you feel calmer while sitting in the blue light or more optimistic in the yellow light. No matter what, you will enjoy seeing the Island Oasis Kick Rail LEDs light up the night!

Color Therapy

Color Therapy

Artesian Elite Color Therapy

COLOR THERAPY may not be talked about often, but there is something to be said about the way that certain colors make us feel. Like the peaceful feeling that comes over you as you look at the BLUE SKY, or the excitement you feel when a RED LIGHT turns GREEN.

For many years people have believed that color can affect an individual’s emotions and even health. Interior designers recommend you paint your bedroom walls blue to promote better sleep and hospital color schemes often include pale blues and greens to create a soothing and relaxing environment. Researchers at the University of Arizona even tested the use of green light therapy to help with migraines. Further research is being conducted, however, some of the first trial group members refused to give their green lights back because of the relief it had given them.

According to an article written on the website, “How Stuff Works,” color therapy is described as,

“THE IDEA THAT COLORS CREATE ELECTRICAL IMPULSES IN OUR BRAINS. THESE IMPULSES EITHER CALM OR STIMULATE US, MAKING THE PERCEPTION OF COLOR BOTH A PHYSICAL AND SENSORY EXPERIENCE.”

 

So you might be asking yourself, how does this relate to hot tubs?

Well, all Artesian Elite models are equipped with LED lighting. You can see for yourself, how relaxing in the glow of a color can change your perspective. Soak with the jets turned up as the spa glows green to boost feelings of tranquility and contentment. Wake up early to soak with the yellow lights turned on to start your day in a cheery mood. Switch them to purple when you are wanting to add more creativity to your routine or if you are struggling with feeling compassion. Or let all of the colors rotate through as you enjoy the sights and sounds of your Artesian Spa.

Common Color Associations

Color Wheel

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Choosing the Best Spa Line For You

Choosing the Best Spa Line For You

Artesian Elite Hot Tub

ARTESIAN ELITE

If you are looking for the most advanced luxury spa on the market, then the Artesian Elite line is for you. This line is comprised of five different spa models ranging from 4-9 seats and 55-71 jets. Each Artesian Elite was designed with the utmost precision and care and the latest in technological advances. The H2O PowerFlow jets are exclusive to this line and provide the most therapeutic massage while leaving you with total control of your jets with DIRECTFLOW Personal Control® technology. DynaBrite LED lighting comes standard with all Artesian Elites, and there is a variety of optional upgrades such as a stereo system, Midnight Glow LED lighting or a worldwide WiFi module. This advanced spa comes with a higher price tag, however, if it is the right spa for you it will be worth every penny.

 

Island Spa Hot Tub

ISLAND SPAS & ISLAND SPAS ELITE

The Island Spas line is Artesian Spas’ most customizable line on the market. Offering 16 different spas that range from 3-10 seats and 32-72 jets, everyone can find what they are looking for! This line is categorized by 9 standard Island Spas, 5 Island Spas Elite and 2 twenthy AMP GFCI spas. The Island Elite Spas provide control of individual seat pumps and massage pressure with the patented Variable Control System. The standard Island Spas line has many sizes and seating arrangements, and the line even offers two 20 AMP GFCI spas which can plug into any standard wall outlet. To customize your spa there are a variety of optional features such as LED lighting, water features, advanced water purification and more. This line is perfect for creating your unique island retreat.

 

South Seas Spas Hot Tub

SOUTH SEAS SPAS

Our most discriminating buyers choose South Seas Spas because of their aesthetic appeal, ergonomic design and attractive features not found in other spas. This line is divided into a standard class of 3 spas and a deluxe class of 13 spas. South Seas Spas range from 3-8 seats and 19-65 jets. The Deluxe models come with extra standard features such as the Pillowfall and Dynastar LED lights. However, both standard and deluxe models are as committed to quality as they are to efficiency.

 

Garden Spas Hot Tub

GARDEN SPAS

The Garden Spas line is the best fit for those wanting to enjoy all of the comfort and luxury of a spa without having to sacrifice space. Condo and townhome owners are no longer excluded from owning a hot tub. These spas are all equipped with a plugin to fit any standard 120 V-15 A outlet, both indoor and out. This saves the owner time and money that would have been needed to hire an electrician and wire the spa in place. The sizes of the 7 Garden Spas range from 2-6 seats and 21-27 jets. Due to their smaller sizes and convenient wiring, these spas are more budget friendly.

 

Mental Clarity

Mental Clarity through Yoga

By Matthew R. Harris | Author of Relentless Forward Momentum | Fitness Fanatic

Many people begin doing yoga because of its incredible ability to loosen sore muscles and prevent injuries from a variety of taxing physical activities.

From a physical standpoint, stretching is inevitably going to occur, but the unanticipated consequence of a yoga class is the stretching that occurs mentally.

Many people discount this mind-body connection as some metaphysical phenomenon; or even some esoteric concept that is only applicable in Boulder, Colorado (which is where I’m sitting right now…draw your own conclusions).

But, that’s exactly how I felt about yoga at first too, so I understand.

So yoga does an incredible job of stretching your body out, let’s be clear about that. The true rewards you will experience through yoga, however, are much, much deeper.

A consistent practice will unlock a series of physical, mental and spiritual benefits that will only be amplified exponentially with each and every class.

Reducing Stress

Reducing Stress

Reducing Stress

Few people would argue with the fact that life is stressful. At some point, most people have felt worn out or overwhelmed. Whether caused by work, school, family or other commitments, stress can have negative effects on your body. These include tensed muscles, restless sleep and bad attitudes.

No one chooses to feel this way, however, there are steps that one can take to combat these feelings before they get worse. The website WebMD explains tips to help relieve stress. One of which is to allow your muscles to relax. What is more relaxing than your very own at-home spa? While soaking in a spa you can close your eyes, let the jets massage your muscles and take time to both mentally and physically relax. This is like hitting a “reset” button. You can let what was bothering you float away, and with that you can see many benefits.

Taking this time to relax can not only help relieve your tensed muscles but also lead to a better night’s sleep and a refreshed attitude. The stress in life is inevitable, but by taking steps to reduce this stress you can bring harmony back into your life.

This general information is not intended to diagnose or treat any medical condition or to replace your healthcare professional.

REFERENCES
https://www.webmd.com/balance/guide/tips-to-control-stress#1

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Skin Rejuvenation

Skin Rejuvenation

Skin Rejuvenation

We all strive to keep our skin smooth and clear, but throughout the day our pores inevitably get clogged with dirt and dust. As a result people tend to buy new cleansers, moisturizers or serums to solve this problem, but have you ever thought about soaking in a spa for clearer skin?

The two thoughts might not normally go hand in hand, however, there is a system that can not only massage your muscles but leave you with clearer and rejuvenated skin.

This system is called MicroSilk®, which consists of billions of oxygen-rich microbubbles that are small enough to enter your pores and remove impurities. Soaking in a MicroSilk® Spa is like giving your entire body a facial! The benefits can include increased hydration, enhanced skin cell growth, improved collagen strength, and it is shown to reduce scars and skin irritations. The negative ions are also known to improve serotonin levels and help the mind and body relax.
MicroSilk is not intended to cure conditions and indivdual results may vary.

This general information is not intended to diagnose or treat any medical condition or to replace your healthcare professional.

REFERENCES
http://www.jasoninternational.com/wellness/microsilkfundamentals.aspx

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