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are hot tubs good for you

Are hot tubs good for you?

You may have heard about some of the health and wellbeing benefits of immersion in water. But are hot tubs good for you?

When and how should you use them? We give you the lowdown on how to use hot tubs for optimum health benefits.

Exercise & yoga

If you fancy boosting the wellbeing benefits of using a hot tub, then why not try some simple exercises or yoga during bathing? Stretching and strengthening muscles are both great ways to build core strength and help you retain good posture. Exercises may be particularly beneficial to the elderly or those sat at a desk on a daily basis, helping to restore posture.

Tired & stiff joints or muscles

If you’re feeling a little creaky or you’ve been training hard, your joints or muscles may feel like they need a little TLC. The calming and soothing effects of warm water will really help with these niggles, providing medication-free relief. Similarly, if you have a condition such as arthritis, then the warm water and jets in a hot tub will boost circulation, offering some respite from symptoms.

Use in short bursts

One instance where a hot tub may not be good for you is if you stay in for too long. As the water is usually slightly warmer than body temperature, hot tubs raise your core body temperature. Staying in for too long could make you feel woozy, nauseous or faint. It’s recommended to stay in for 15 – 20 minutes at a time and ensure you drink plenty of fluids to keep hydrated whilst bathing.

Good for your mental wellbeing too

What better way to switch off at the end of a long day that with a good soak? Bathing in a hot tub allows you time to think, focus or perhaps enjoy a spot of meditation. As the warm water raises body temperature, bathing in the evening can aid sleep, which in turn will help with your overall wellbeing.

When to seek professional advice

Occasionally, a hot tub may not be suitable for an individual. It’s always best to check with your doctor if you suffer from high blood pressure or you may be pregnant.

Potential issues

You may have heard stories of skin complaints, Legionnaires disease and other nasties that can be associated with bathing in a hot tub. All these problems can be completely avoided with correct chemical balance, regular filter cleaning and draining a hot tub on a regular basis after high usage. Hydropool hot tubs are so easy to maintain. If in doubt, Yorkshire Hot Tubs are on hand to service your hot tub so you can sit back, and bathe worry-free.

If you would like more information on our range of tubs, then please browse our range.

Banish the winter blues

Banish those winter blues

As the nights are drawing in and we come closer to the shortest day of the year, many of us find that the lack of natural daylight, sniffles and miserable weather make us feel a bit down in the dumps.

There’s no reason to let this time of year get you down! We suggest some ways you can use a hot tub or swim spa to banish the blues and enjoy the small things that make this season great (besides rolling in the snow naked 😂)

Go out with a bang 🎆🎇

Create a night to remember by jumping in your hot tub on New Year’s Eve. Enjoy a free luxurious firework show from the comfort of your very own hot tub or swim spa!

Add some mood lighting ✨

Why not accept the short daytime and embrace the early darkness? Taking a dip in your hot tub at nightfall is both atmospheric and calming. Our range of hot tub lighting options create added ambience. You could even add some candles lanterns on your deck or hang fairy lights around your hot tub area to create ambience in the darkness.

Embrace the weather ❄

On particularly frosty mornings, there’s nothing quite like an invigorating hot tub to set you up for the day. Watching the steam rising and reacting with the cold air is strangely therapeutic. If we’re lucky enough for snowfall in the forecast this year, then head straight to your tub for an authentic alpine experience!

Soothe a sniffle 🤧

If you’re struggling with a pesky cold, your hot tub could be your saviour! Try adding some Dream Scents Spearmint & Eucalyptus aromatherapy for soothing relief from blocked sinuses and chesty coughs. The rising steam will give you some much-needed comfort when you’re under the weather. Couple with a soothing hot lemon and honey drink for the ultimate remedy.

Organise a gathering 🎉

There’s nothing quite like the company of good friends or family to give you a boost when you’re suffering from the winter blues. Invite the gang round for some comfort food and a dip in the tub for some therapy.

Work it out 🏊‍♀‍

During winter, it’s easy to become sluggish and lethargic when it comes to exercise. Finding motivation when all you want to do is snuggle under the duvet is a challenge! There’s no need to feel that way if you have a swim spa though. The warm water will lure you in whatever the weather, ensuring you continue to keep fit and active during the winter season. You may need it after all that comfort food!

Be kind to yourself ❤

If you don’t have a hot tub, why not book yourself a spa day? Or contact us for wet test and see how amazing our tubs are! Contact us for more information and banish those winter blues!

best time to enjoy a hot tub

What’s the best time of day to enjoy a hot tub?

If you are lucky enough to own a hot tub, you want to make sure you gain the maximum benefit, both health and investment-wise.

It’s recommended that you use a hot tub for around 15 minutes several times a week. But what is the best time of day to enjoy a hot tub? Let us give you some of our favourite ideas…

Begin the day with a dip

Before you head to work:

If you need a little help waking up or getting ready for the day ahead, why not try an early morning hot tub to awaken your senses and joints? You may be preparing for a big meeting or have a job interview to attend. A spot of meditation before work may help you focus and perform better. You could try adding some invigorating aromatherapy fragrances from DreamScents. Or why not try some hot tub exercises or yoga poses to awaken your muscles?

Weekends before a lazy breakfast:

Enjoy a lazy Sunday morning dip to gently start the day ahead. It’ll work up an appetite for your favourite breakfast and start the day off leisurely. It could also blow away the cobwebs from the night before!

An afternoon summer party

Host a gathering:

What better way to enhance a summer BBQ than by inviting friends or family round to share a hot tub together? It’s a guaranteed way for your guests to relax, chat and spend some quality time together. The kids love a pool party, so why not let them invite their mates to enjoy their very own party in a tub?

Evening relaxation

After exercise:

One of the most relaxing times of the day to enjoy a hot tub is after a workout. Soothe your aching muscles by spending a few moments in a lovely bubbling hot tub. The targeted jets will bring welcome relief after any form of exercise, aiding muscle recovery, blood flow and wellbeing; especially after cardiovascular exercises.

To aid sleep:

Ditch your phone and shelve the boxset to carve some time out together with an evening hot tub. Evening immersion helps both body and mind signal it’s time to calm the stresses of the day and become ready for bed.

Embrace the dark nights:

Rather than huddling round a bonfire this 5th November, why not watch the fireworks from the warmth of your hot tub for an awesome display? Or celebrate the year end in style and enjoy a midnight dip in the hot tub on New Year’s Eve! Pop the champers and create a New Years to remember!

Make it your routine

Soaking in your tub at your favourite time of day in the week will regularly become your routine. It will quickly become part of your warm down after exercise, or before you head off to bed at night. You’ll quickly find the best time of day to enjoy a hot tub.

If you’d like to know more about our range of luxury Hydropool self-cleaning hot tubs, then give us a call or pop into our Ilkley showroom for a chat.

hydropool swim spa

5 Benefits of a Hydropool Swim Spa

You’ll reap so many benefits from using a Hydropool Swim Spa. Here are just a few of our favourites…

1. Designed with Aqua Fitness in mind

A Hydropool swim spa is suitable for all ages and standards of swimmer. However, for the fitness fanatic, the versatility of your workout in a swim spa is second to none. Where else do you remove the need to turn, increase resistance, or use tethers to work targeted parts of the body in the water? Certainly not in your average swimming pool!

You can convert your swim spa into your very own gym. No more membership fees! Exercise when you want in the privacy of your own home or garden. A swim spa has aqua fitness step built into the shell, the option of adding bars or use water dumbbells and resistance bands to increase the intensity of your workout.
You’ll find that by using a Hydropool swim spa, you’ll increase the number of calories burned and strengthen your core muscles. By swimming regularly, you will discover that your flexibility gradually increases which will spur you on to use the swim spa regularly and maintain fitness for life.

2. Revive tired muscles

After a workout, there’s nothing quite like a soothing warm soak to rejuvenate tired muscles. The hydrotherapy seats at the top end of your spa take care of all those niggles, aches and pains. The Hydropool 19DTfX is our largest swim spa model, even has an integrated hot tub to delivers the ultimate spa and fitness centre in one.

3. Boost your immune system

A combination of exercise, sweating and targeted massage jets will give your immune system a much-needed boost. Exercise causes changes in your antibodies and white blood cells, moving them round the body to fight infections. Exercise also causes your overall body temperature to rise, which helps fight any infections from taking hold.

4. Stress relief

Exercise has been proven to help with stress relief. Our bodies are designed to move around, and there’s no better whole-body workout than swimming. You’re guaranteed to have forgotten the days woes after a relaxing or rejuvenating swim in the swim spa. Reducing stress hormones keeps you healthier. Plus, a Hydropool swim spa is so luxurious, it won’t feel like you’re exercising!

5. Hydropool Swim Spa patented technology

Hydropool have been refining and developing their technology for over two decades to provide you with the perfect swim. Today, balanced hydraulics, along with increased depth and width for maximum water volume fully enhances the comfort of your swim.

The patented ‘Swim Fin’ technology lessens turbulence by cutting the vortex emerging through the jets. The Aquachannel shape of the overall shell also helps with minimising backsplash that can result in a jerky swim. Hydropool’s fully adjustable current as well as interval training allows you to create a swim that’s tailored to your individual needs.

The power of the Self-Cleaning technology is sure to be the biggest benefit to you. With 100% of the water travelling through the filters every 45 minutes, you’re guaranteed crystal clear water with none of the hassle.

We’d love to show you first hand how great our swim spas are. Why not come down and visit our Hydropool Swim Spa Showroom or book a wet test to try one out for yourself?

Swimming facts

Swimming Facts – what we ❤ about swimming

Why is swimming so good for your body?

We think it’s the best form of exercise, especially if you use a swim spa. Here are a few interesting swimming facts for you.

Feel the Burn

Swimming is a great workout for burning calories. 🏊‍♀️ An energetic swim gets your heart rate up, giving you a fantastic workout. One of the main surprising swimming facts is that this form of exercise can burn more calories than running or cycling the same distance!

Low Impact

Swimming offers a good overall restorative therapy for recovering after a sports injury, or operation. Hydrotherapy exercises are often recommended to patients as swimming exerts little or no pressure on joints yet still works the muscles. Many recovering patients relish the feeling of weightlessness in the water and enjoy exercising gently without fear of further injury.

Cardio Workout

With a swim spa, the uninterrupted swim means you spend zero time turning. You work your body harder. With a swim spa you set the pace, adjusting and building up your workout as you get progressively stronger. You can still practice all your usual strokes in a swim spa, as even the smallest model, the Hydropool 12fx gives you enough room to swim comfortably.

Working every Muscle

When you swim, you use practically every muscle in the body. 💪 This makes it one of the best all round body workouts. Try swim spa swimming for a more intense workout against targeted jets and truly test your limits. Vary your workout with a mix of cross training, using the steps, treadmill and swimming against the jets. Swimming also helps build capacity in your lungs and heart, increasing overall body strength and fitness levels to keep you in tip top health.

Swimming Improves your Sleep

If you need a little help drifting off at night time, then why not try an evening swim to tire out your muscles before heading to bed? It’s no secret that regular exercise is good for your overall fitness, but it can also improve your sleep quality, meaning you wake up more refreshed. Just half an hour in the pool a day can really make a difference, toning your muscles, gently working your joints and keeping your fitness levels strong.

Did you know?

One of our favourite swimming facts is that the first swimming googles were made from tortoise shells. 🐢Thankfully, the first plastic goggles were made in the 1930’s and were much more comfortable!

The oldest stroke

The oldest swimming stroke known to man is breaststroke. Carvings have been found of the Ancient Egyptians swimming that date back to 2500BC.

The fastest Stroke

Front crawl is the favoured choice for athletes due to its speed.

The most complicated stroke

Butterfly. Mastering the combination of simultaneously moving the arms and the dolphin kick in the legs requires strong muscles, technique and a good level of fitness! Created at the beginning of the 20th century, this tricky stroke is based on breaststroke evolved by studying how fish move their tails to increase speed.

Water volumes

An Olympic swimming pool is 50 metres in length and holds 2.5 million litres of water! 💧 Alternatively, our largest swim spa – the Hydropool 19DTfx is 574cm in length and holds 7,857 litres.

Think you don’t sweat?

Think again. Gross we know, but you do still sweat in the water as your core body temperature rises as with any exercise. It’s just not noticeable as you’re already wet!

If you’d like to know more about swim spas or you’re looking to buy, why not book a wet test and try one out for yourself? Contact us for more information.

best nights sleep

How to have the best nights sleep ever

Struggle to drift off in the evening?

Wake up in the early hours and can’t get back to sleep? Or lie awake all night worrying?

These are all common problems that most of us suffer from time to time.

If you need a little help to switch off, we have some great suggestions for you to try to get the best nights sleep.

Routine

If you regularly vary your bedtime, stay up late or have trouble getting into a bedtime routine then why not try these tips to help you?

  • Herbal tea such as camomile can help you drift off before you go to sleep, or you could try a glass of warm milk to help stimulate sleep-inducing serotonin levels.
  • A regular bedtime and wake up time is also a good habit to get into, with your body soon getting into the rhythm and eventually allowing you to wake up naturally.
  • Try reading a book in bed to help focus your mind away from the days events and allow your brain to start shutting down. Just make sure it’s not too scary or thrilling or it could have the opposite effect!

Get Some Exercise

One of the best ways to improve your sleep is to exercise regularly. Even a brisk 30-minute lunchtime walk to get your heart beating will help promote good sleep. Better still, why not try swimming? One of the best forms of exercise, with limited impact on your joints, swimming for 30 minutes gets your heart beating and all your major muscle groups working. If you’ve not seen our amazing range of swim spas, then take a look. Exercising in a swim spa offers an adjustable workout against a current, and you can tailor the speed to your exact ability. They also come with a range of extras including tethers to create an aquatic gym experience. With a range of sizes available to fit the smallest of spaces. Plus, there’s no need to hike down to your local pool or gym! Read more about buying a swim spas here.

Have an early dinner

It’s also recommended that avoiding eating too late allows your body to digest your evening meal. Eating a smaller dinner could assist with weight loss, with the body working less hard to process a meal later into the day. Eating late into the night can lead to indigestion and blood sugar levels to rise in the early hours, affecting your ability to stay asleep during the night.

Immerse yourself in water

Many of us enjoy a nice soothing bubble bath before bed to help us sleep. The warm, soothing water, and the aroma of the bubbles relaxing our muscles and giving our mind time to wind down after a hard day. Immersion in warm water raises the body temperature then when it returns to normal you become sleepy.
If you love to enjoy a bath, why not try a hot tub to help you unwind? The bonus of a hot tub is the moulded and varied seating depths, targeted jets angled at all your major muscle groups and the bubbles to simple melt away any tensions you may have. Owning your very own hot tub couldn’t be easier, with our range of finance options to choose from. Hot tubs also come in a range of styles and sizes to suit any requirements. Plus, with all the hot tub upgrades such as gazebos, LED lighting, surround sound music systems, aromatherapy and hydrotherapy you can be sure of the perfect way to wind down and drift off into dreamland.

Ditch the Tech

Finally, could your device be the cause of your sleep issues? Numerous studies have shown that exposing yourself to the blue light emitted by a smartphone or tablet before bed can have a negative effect on your sleep quality. Consider turning your phone off a couple of hours before bed, and leaving it in a different room to the one you sleep in. Give your eyes a break from screen time and try reading a book before bed instead to gently wind down.

If you long for the best nights sleep and would like to find out more about our fantastic range of hot tubs or swim spas simply visit our website or contact our friendly team for more information.

Hot Tub Aromatherapy

How to Benefit from Hot Tub Aromatherapy

If you’re the proud owner of a hot tub, no doubt you’re already experiencing the power of the targeted jets, soothing bubbles and relaxation of immersing your body in warm water.

 

But did you know that you can also reap the many benefits of aromatherapy from the comfort of your own hot tub?

What is aromatherapy?

Aromatherapy is defined as a holistic treatment that uses plant extracts and essential oils to improve physical or psychological wellbeing. It can be used as a treatment on its own for certain medical conditions or as a complementary therapy for a variety of ailments of the body and mind. It is experienced via our sense of smell to stimulate the brain into a sense of wellbeing.

How is aromatherapy used?

There are numerous ways in which aromatherapy can be enjoyed. In everyday life, essentials oils are used in perfumes, cosmetics and cleaning products to stimulate our senses. Plant extracts have been used for centuries to heal our bodies and minds, used in body massage and oil burners. Some are invigorating, others soothing. They can also be used to rejuvenate or invigorate our senses or to help relieve stress.

Hot Tub Aromatherapy

You may be surprised to discover that aromatherapy products have been designed specifically for use in hot tubs. These products will not damage any parts or plumbing in your hot tub or leave an oily residue. Hot tub aromatherapy contains essential oils to awaken our sense of smell and penetrate the skin and hair follicles, as well as absorb into the blood stream to help eliminate toxins. These products provide you with all the benefits of aromatherapy, with the gentle formulation softening the water in the tub to leave your skin feeling gently moisturised. Who needs an expensive spa day out when you can create an authentic spa experience from the comfort of your own home!

Which scents should I try?

There are several different scents to choose from. Each creates a different sensation and provides relief from different ailments.

Some of the many scents that are available for use in hot tubs include:

Ginger – an awakening fragrance, for the relief of back pain, heavy legs
Spearmint and Eucalyptus – an invigorating fragrance for full body awakening. Also helps relieve blocked sinuses, chesty coughs or colds. Perfect for the winter!
Bergamot & lemongrass – a relaxing fragrance to help relieve insomnia or stress
Chamomile – a calming fragrance to help gently relieve headaches and insomnia
Tangerine & grapefruit – a refreshing fragrance for the relief of digestive issues and stress
Ylang Ylang – a unique fragrance to help lower blood pressure and stress. It’s also considered to be an aphrodisiac, so use with care! 😉❤

If you would like some more advice on aromatherapy for your hot tub, then pop down to our showroom in Ilkley to see our range of Dream Scents products. Alternatively, you can purchase these from our online shop.

Please note: proceed with caution in relation to aromatherapy. Only use approved aromatherapy hot tub products (such as Dream Scents) in your tub, otherwise you may damage the parts. Equally, never use hot tub products in your home bath.

As always Yorkshire Hot Tubs can advise the best products for your needs, so please contact us if you need any help.

Love Hydropool

Reasons to love your Hydropool Hot Tub

Take a look at YHT’s top 5 reasons to love your Hydropool hot tub or swim spa.

If you’re the proud owner of a Hydropool hot tub or swim spa, you’ll already be enjoying the many benefits of owning such a great product. If not, see why you’re missing out on these main benefits!

Feel like you’re on holiday 365 days a year

It’s impossible not to notice the superior quality and luxury when you step into a Hydropool hot tub. The craftmanship, additional luxury features such as lights and waterfalls, not to mention market leading technology means you’re guaranteed indulgence all year round.

Create your very own oasis from the comfort of your back garden by adding features such as a gazebo, decking, planters and lighting. Treat yourself to some much-needed me time, or even re-create that authentic spa experience at home with hot tub aromatherapy. Why not host a gathering and rekindle relationships by inviting your friends over for a dip?

Reconnect with some family time

Life is busy. A combination of long hours at work, social commitments or maintaining a home means it’s a struggle for some of us to find time for quality family time together. A hot tub gives you a great excuse! You’re guaranteed to entice the whole family into spending time with each other. Even the moodiest of teenagers can’t resist the luxury of bubbles and jets! It’s valuable time away from screens and the TV to connect with each other, talk about your day and build a lasting bond.

Sleep like a baby

There’s nothing quite like a soothing hot bath to allow you to drift off into dreamland. A hot tub provides you with double the benefits of a regular bath thanks to the addition of targeted jets, comfortable pillows and varying seat depths. Why not try aromatherapy products to aid improved sleep? Bathing in warm water also lets your muscles fully relax to ease any pain you may be experiencing. The heat also encourages your brain to release endorphins (the feel-good hormone) helping you relax away those worries from the day.

Soothe niggling aches and pains

In pain from a recent workout? Have an ongoing back problem? If so, a daily soak in your hot tub could be just what you need to ease your discomfort. Hot water helps muscles to relax to ease spasming, with the natural buoyancy experienced through water immersion allowing you to feel weightless and take the pressure off your whole body.

Maintenance is a breeze

In case you don’t already know, Hydropool’s patented Self-Cleaning technology cleanses the water in your hot tub every 15 minutes, assuring you of 100% clean water every time you use your tub. You spend less time on maintenance, and create more time for what matters.

If you’re thinking of buying a hot tub or swim spa, then we’d love to see you. Come on down to our Ilkley showroom and experience the luxury for yourself. We guarantee you’ll fall in love!

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!