IHT Hot Tub Blog

Jan 06


Austin Mitchell kills it at Ironman Boulder, August 2016. Read more about him here

Happy New Year! We hope yours is fantastic and rewarding thus far! 

Are you looking for new ideas to get in shape for spring and summer 2017? Remember, as we love to say, summer bodies are made in the winter!

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Dec 21

 

Michelle Hughes does the freestyle at Ironman Boulder in August 2016.

This time of year brings longer nights and stressful holiday schedules, so it can be difficult getting that daily workout in. That's not to add to the fact that we are often surrounded by yummy, tempting holiday treats and meals often loaded with fat and sugar, busting our waistlines. It makes exercise seem even more imperative for many of us. 

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Sep 27

Length of time at IHT: 15 years

Length of time selling HotSpring Spas: 30 years! Sold HotSpring Spas in St. Louis and Indianapolis right down I-70.

Hometown: Chicago

College: Indiana University. Go Hoosiers! 

Favorite thing about Colorado: The beauty of the landscapes. I used to vacation here all the time, so I moved here! I enjoy hiking, skiing, golfing, you name it. Always doing lots of physical activity. 

Favorite thing about IHT: Relaxed environment, the Hiners are great people to work for. I like all the employees here! 

Why do you love hot tubs? It's relaxing. Good for sore muscles, bad back, and arthritis. For me personally, it is just relaxing. I love the Moto-Massage!

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Sep 16

Endless Pools swim spas are the best full-body workouts for many reasons. They improve your muscle tone, heart health, and overall mental wellness. These remarkable machines provide numerous other health benefits while being easy on your joints compared to running on terrain. They also provide a prime opportunity for injury rehabilitation.

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Sep 16

September is often thought of as a month of all seriousness - such as back-to-school and work for many families around the USA. However, don't let it pass you by without a little fun in the sun. It holds that the last Saturday in September is always Family Health and Fitness Day USA, and 2016 marks the 20th annual event!

This year Family Health & Fitness Day USA, recommended by the U.S. Surgeon General's Report on Physical Activity, falls on Saturday, September 24. This event celebrates family involvement in physical activity. 

Around the United States, local organizations are hosting health and fitness events at YMCAs, hospitals, park districts, schools, health clubs and other community centers in honor of Family Health and Fitness Day USA. These events are a great opportunity for families to reconnect, get outdoors, and stay active through low-impact exercises, games, workshops, and more.

Find an alternative to TV, video games and smart phones and get moving outdoors! What an opportunity for family bonding time.

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Aug 24

Photo Credit: NBC

You may have been tuning in to the Rio Olympic Games these last couple of weeks. It is truly an inspiration to watch so many people who have sacrificed years and years of their time and energy for an honorable calling. What a joy it is to see all the countries of the world unite in peace, healthy competition and good sportsmanship. 

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Jul 30

"Think about it: Heart disease and diabetes, which account for more deaths in the U.S. and worldwide than everything else combined, are completely preventable by making comprehensive lifestyle changes. Without drugs or surgery.” - Dean Ornish*

Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body, it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity.” - John F. Kennedy

Aerobic exercise in the swim spa offers benefits for your heart health second to none. Swimming's movement expands your heart, pumping blood more efficiently. makes your heart larger and pump blood more efficiently. 

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Jul 27
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Jul 26
In today's society Americans are growing increasingly obese, while the pressure to fit into a perfect body "mold" increases. What has resulted has been nothing short of a disaster where poeple are spending billions on diets that lead to disappointing results. But more often than not, people don't realize that buidling lean muscle boosts your metabolism while providing numerous health benefits and fighting the obsesity epidemic. At IHT, we are proud to offer you Endless Pools Fitness Systems, which are swim spas that offer numerous options for buildling muscle tone in the privacy and comfort of your home, 24-7-365. Read on about muscle tone! 

Endless Pools swim spas offer numerous health benefits, most notably improved muscular tone and flexibility. When we use our swim spa regularly, our muscles lengthen, becoming more flexible. And the repetition of performing swim strokes builds endurance, while the resistance of the water strengthens/tones muscles.

Other activities may only offer benefits to parts of the human body: rowing for strength/endurance, running for cardiovascular fitness, weight training for strength, and yoga/pilates for core strength. Swimming engages your full body in every single workout!

In the swim spa, our lower bodies push our upper body through the water. The freestyle stroke engages your glute muscles while the breaststroke works your inner thighs and hamstrings. And, the backstroke works on your hip flexors, quadriceps and glutes.

The swim spa engages your core as well (including your hips, lower back, and abs). The lower back and abs balance your strokes. As your body twists side-to-side, the core controls your movements. Your hips assist in kicking while propelling you through the water, catching the up-and-down movement of your legs. Your core muscles provide increased stability in everyday tasks as a result of swimming.

Every stroke engages your biceps, triceps, chest, shoulders and upper back as well. During the upstroke, your arms must reach forward and pull your body weight through the water on the down stroke. The push-and-pull motion uses your chest and arms. The rotation of the arms forward in the breaststroke and backward in the backstroke uses your shoulders and upper back to further tone your upper body.

The benefits of muscle tone include greater muscular strength, increased muscle mass/density, and improved endurance. Swimming is a full-body muscular workout, paving the way for a firm and well-sculpted physique.

Swimming and building muscle mass will increase your basal metabolic rate, burning more calories per day and aiding in weight loss. A more toned physique leads to stronger bones, decreasing the risk of osteoporosis. Daily tasks become easier while aches and pains fade away. Your resting heart rate improves, and your risk of Type 2 diabetes and cancer decreases. Muscle toning increases your HDL cholesterol levels (good cholesterol). The immune system improves, as well as mental health, posture, and balance.

We all dream of having that perfect build...but doing is better than dreaming. Jump in and make a splash while developing lean muscle mass and shedding body fat. 

For more information on our Endless Pools Fitness Systems, go to ihtspas.com.

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Jun 27

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, over 52.5 million Americans suffer from arthritis today. This unfortunate condition causes swelling, pain, stiffness, and reduced joint function, and is often worse in cold weather.

The Arthritis Association recignizes there is a solution for a better quality of life for arthritis sufferers: warm water immersion. Hot tubs provide relief to arthritis suffers in the following ways:

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