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How will a Softub affect your utility bill

Softubs caught your eye because of their portability and ease of use, but before you plunge into Softub ownership you’re wondering about how a Softub will affect your utility bill.

We’ve got the break down and we think you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

There are two main expenses when it comes to a Softub and your utility bill: water and electricity.

Water

First, let’s discuss water usage. Our largest model Softub holds 300 gallons of water. Because your Softub (and all hot tubs) needs to be thoroughly cleaned every four-six months, you will end up filling your tub 2-3 times a year. You may occasionally need to top off your water, so let's be generous and say that you will use roughly 700 - 1,000 gallons of water per year on your Softub. The average price of water in the United States right now is about $1.50 per 1,000 gallons. So it is safe to say, that no matter where you live in the United States, you probably won’t notice a difference in your water bill with the purchase of a Softub.

Electricity

Now, on to the electric bill. These numbers will be higher than your water bill, but we are certain you will still be pleasantly surprised at how economical a Softub is. Your biggest energy expense when it comes to hot tubs is the heating element. Softubs are uniquely designed to operate without the use of a separate heating element. The heat is generated by a patented heat recovery system that recycles the heat off the Softub motor. This keeps operating costs much lower than with a traditional hot tub. Most Softub owners report an increase of only $10-15 a month on their utility bill compared to at least $30 per month with a traditional hard tub.  Chances are you spend more than $15 on coffee in a month.

Keep Costs Low

There are a few additional ways that you can keep your energy costs low with your Softub. First, always keep the lid on when your Softub is not in use. Much of the heat loss occurs when the cover is off. Secondly, if you live in a colder climate, consider situating your tub where there is a natural windbreak to keep the wind from cooling the tub. Choosing a spot with full sun can also keep your tub warmer in the colder temperatures. One last item we suggest during periods of cold weather is a floating thermal cover. This cover sits directly on the water and locks the heat in. That, combined with the insulating lid that comes with the Softub, really keeps heat loss to a minimum. Think double-walled thermos or dual pane windows.

We’re sure you’ll agree that the small increase in utility costs is well worth the pleasure you’ll experience every time you soak.


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Stay hydrated while you hot tub

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Whether it is 8 glasses a day, your body weight in ounces or any of the other calculations out there, drinking water is a must. Your body is made up of mostly water, so it stands to reason that water is what it needs to function properly. Soaking in hot tubs can increase your risk for dehydration. The hot water is causing your body to use systems that take up more water than usual. In addition, the hot water can mask some of the signs of dehydration, putting you at added risk. To avoid any potential problems, you should make sure that you stay hydrated and be mindful of dehydration symptoms.

What are the symptoms?

One of the most common symptoms of dehydration is actually feeling thirsty. If your body is having to tell you to take a drink, then it is already feeling a need. Headaches, light headedness or a tired feeling can all be signs of mild dehydration. Hopefully it doesn’t progress, but rapid heart rate, fever, lethargy and fainting can point to moderate and severe dehydration. None of these symptoms are things that you want to experience while trying to enjoy your Softub. So, be sure to stay hydrated.

Tips for Staying Hydrated

Take a water bottle

Take a water bottle with you on the go. Buying a reusable water bottle and literally carrying it with you is one of the best ways to stay hydrated. When you have a water bottle in hand you will consciously, and subconsciously, drink it keeping you hydrated without much effort.

Drink a bottle of water before and after activity

If you are going to be exercising you should drink a bottle of water before, during and after your activity. The same is true when you soak in your Softub. The hot water creates many of the same results as exercise; increased heart rate, increased blood flow, etc. These things deplete more of the water that is in your body and should be quickly replaced to avoid dehydration.

Make it fun

Plain old water can be boring. Try switching up your water intake with some infused or sparkling water. This will give you something to look forward to and will break up the monotony of so much water.

Your body is 50-75% water and it needs to maintain that level to continue functioning the way it should. So whether you are soaking in your Softub, exercising or just running errands, keep yourself hydrated. You will enjoy your activity so much more.

Stay limber after 50

You’ve heard it said that youth is wasted on the young. The older you get the more you believe that to be true. At the time you didn’t know that you were taking for granted all of the things that you could easily do. Now that you are aging and you aren’t able to do those things as easily, you see how fortunate you really were in your younger days. Fortunately, you still feel mostly youthful and there are many things that you can do to help you maintain that youthful feel. One of the biggest keys is staying limber and flexible. Having the ability to move freely and quickly allows you to stay active and continue doing the things you love. A Softub can be a key player in accomplishing that goal.

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One of the ways that you stay limber, no matter what your age, is by regularly taking your body through its full range of motion. It is kind of a ‘use it or lose it’ sort of thing. As you age, it is harder to get through that full range. That is where your Softub comes into play. By literally warming up your muscles with a soak in your Softub you are making your muscles more pliable and receptive to movement. The heat of the water also increases blood flow which allows your joints to move more freely. While you are in your Softub, embrace all of the benefits that the heat is bringing to your body and move each of your joints through their full range of motion. Moving through the water puts 12 times more resistance on your body than moving it through air. So basically, if you can keep your body moving well in the water you will see benefits when out of the water.

Softub to prevent injury

Another key reason to stay limber is to prevent injury. We all know of people who were extremely active until one minor injury took them down. As you age, it takes longer for your body to heal. That is a double edged sword because the longer it takes you to heal, the less you are moving. The less you are moving, the harder it is to maintain your mobility and so starts a vicious cycle. The best thing is to do all that you can to prevent injury in the first place. Your Softub is the perfect place for this. Using it daily to stretch will help to prevent injury. Soaking after any major physical activity will also help to promote healing to any minor injuries that could potentially become a bigger problem.

In short, using a Softub daily for stretching to prevent injury, and as needed for recovery, is just what it takes to stay limber and active. With the help of a Softub you might just decide that your youth didn’t end when you were young after all.


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Hydrotherapy for Autism

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As a parent of a child with autism, you are always on the lookout for ways to help your child be the best they can be. When you come across something that can bring enjoyment and help your child, you jump on it. A hot tub could be just that. Recently, hot tubs have been gaining in popularity as a way to help manage some of the symptoms that often accompany autism. Because there is such a wide range of symptoms that can accompany autism, we are going to focus on two of the more common symptoms that a hot tub can help with.

Improved Social Behavior

The first is improved social behavior. A recent study indicated that children with autism who soaked in water with a temperature of 102 degrees showed improved social behavior when compared to children who soaked in water that was 98 degrees.The doctors conducting this study believe that the heat of the water triggers the body to release anti-inflammatory signals. These combat the inflammation that is caused by an overactive immune system commonly found in children with autism. As an added social benefit, children are able to practice socializing with others as they soak in the calming water.

Sensory Processing Assistance

Another benefit of hydrotherapy for children with autism is assisting in sensory processing. It is very common for autistic children to have strong reactions to overstimulation. The warm water of a hot tub has an amazing ability to help calm children when they are in sensory overload. Once their senses have calmed it is easier for the child to reenter the situation in a more relaxed state.

A Softub Could Help

Clearly these benefits are exciting and it would be ideal if you had a hot tub in your home so you could get maximum results. With the added work of caring for a child with special needs, the thought of maintaining a hot tub too can be quite overwhelming. A Softub could be a great solution. Softubs bring all of these same benefits, while being easy to maintain and cost effective. Best of all they only require a flat surface and a regular outlet to run, so you don’t have to deal with a construction project.


When it comes to your child’s health you would do anything to bring them relief. A Softub is a great way to help your child and it could even bring you a little relaxation too.


Softub Accessories

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In recent years the trend in America has been minimalism and simplicity. Softubs totally embrace that idea of simplicity. Our tubs are not complicated, but they totally get the job done when it comes to relaxation and hydrotherapy.  These accessories can keep things simple while increasing the enjoyment of your Softub. Check them out:

Spa Seats

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Although the interior of a softub is comfortable and cloud-like with its freeform seating, some people find that they prefer a seat. We offer two different seating options that can enhance the enjoyment of your Softub. The first is a spa booster seat that is filled with water and adds comfort to your Softub. They are made from chemical resistant vinyl making them a great addition to your tub. The second option is the water brick spa seat. This seat is made from PVC coated vinyl and raises the user in the water.  The seat contains a pouch that can be filled with pebbles to keep the seat weighted down in the bottom of your tub.

Grit Gitter

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The Grit Gitter spa vacuum is a simple way to take care of unwanted particles in your Softub. The grit gitter removes sand, grit, scale and particles that are on the bottom of your tub. This simple vacuum can also take care of floating debris like grass and bugs. Simply squeeze the Grit Gitter over the unwanted debris and then release. It really is that easy.

Spinning Jet

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The simple jets that come standard on your Softub can be easily swapped out for a Spinning Jet that creates a circular massaging water pattern that you are sure to enjoy. The spinning jet is available in a pulse stream with 2 holes or the X stream that has 1 hole. Either model is a great option to give your tub an upgrade.

Cover Stand

A cover stand is also a great accessory for your Softub. The cover stand is a very simple stand that keeps your folding lid safely out of the way. Having a designated place for your lid helps prevent additional wear and tear that can occur. The cover stand simplifies your Softub use.


With accessories like these, you can keep your Softub simple while increasing the level of enjoyment and ease of use. Head on over to our accessories page to check out all of the options that are available to you.

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Softubs can actually save on water usage

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From fibromyalgia and arthritis to back pain and knee pain, heat therapy from water can bring significant relief to those who suffer. For many that relief comes in the form of a hot bath every night. If your nightly routine includes drawing a bath, you may want to consider investing in a Softub. Not only will you benefit from the soothing jets and the increased hydrotherapy, but you will actually save on water usage.

Yep, you heard right, a Softub will help you cut down on water! Let’s do a little bit of math. Bathtubs typically hold between 40 and 110 gallons of water. For the purposes of our discussion let’s take an average of 75 gallons. So, every time you fill your tub you are using 75 gallons of water. If you are taking 5 baths a week in an effort to ease your aches and pains, you are using about 375 gallons of water a week. Keep figuring your usage over a month and you will come up with over 1,500 gallons of water used just on baths in one month.

Now, let’s talk about the water usage for a Softub. For this math we will use a Softub 300 that holds 300 gallons of water. You will fill this tub once, but will need to drain and refill it approximately every 4 months as part of your cleaning routine. Even those who are mathematically challenged can already see the savings. For those who want to finish doing the math...your water usage for a YEAR would not exceed 1,200 gallons. That amount even accounts for occasionally topping off the water that is lost from evaporation.

You can easily see that your water usage for an entire year of Softub use doesn’t even reach the amount of water used in just one month of filling a bathtub. Just for fun, let’s end this article with a little more math. By investing in a Softub you have the potential to save about 17,000 gallons of water every year! Now that is sure to make you feel good.

We know everyone loves a good math lesson, but why do you need to know this information? For one, it is quite enlightening! For two, it is always nice to help out mother nature in the area of water conservation. The most compelling argument though, just might be that you can enjoy all of the fun and relaxation that a Softub brings, while SAVING money. If that isn’t a great reason to invest in a Softub we don’t know what is. Start saving today by visiting us at one of our events or give us a call at 800-996-TUBS (8827).

Softubs on Decks

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In an ideal world you would pick out a hot tub then build a gorgeous deck that fits your hot tub perfectly. However, that is not a reality for most people as most of the time the deck comes first. A more typical scenario is having a perfectly functional deck that already exists and wanting to add a hot tub to it. Using the existing deck is definitely more cost effective, but there may be some limitations with how much weight it can support. This can become an issue if you’re thinking about a traditional hot tub. Fortunately, investing in a Softub allows you to have your cake and eat it too. You can keep your old deck and get the hot tub you have been dreaming of.

Weight Limitations

One of the biggest hurdles of using an existing deck is the weight limitations are already in place. When you build a deck with the intent of adding a hot tub, you are thinking about proper support and weight capabilities. When you are using a deck that was previously built, you have two possible hurdles. The first is that the deck may not be able to support the weight of the hot tub. The second is that you probably won’t know the weight limitations of the deck without consulting a structural engineer. A Softub is considerably lighter than a traditional hot tub. Even the largest model, the Resort 300, is only 167 lbs empty with all its components. Once filled, it will be approximately 2,750 lbs. That is considerably lighter than most other tubs with an average filled weight of well over 4,000 lbs. With a lighter Softub, you will still need to make sure your deck can hold the weight, but it doesn’t have to hold as much.  Another benefit is that the weight of a Softub is evenly distributed. This brings your pounds per square foot load down considerably, to only 140 pounds per square foot on our largest model!

Electrical Limitations

Most decks have an electrical outlet installed somewhere near the deck, but more often than not that outlet is a traditional 110 volts. Traditional hot tubs typically require a special outlet with 240 volts and a convenience GFI installed. A Softub, on the other hand, plugs into your regular 110v outlet. They are designed with a built in GFCI cord cap. That means there is no additional electrical work required to get your tub installed! Simply fill, plug in, and play!

Location Limitations

Finally, using an existing deck will limit the options of where your hot tub can go. The deck you have only has a certain amount of space. You will need a hot tub that can fit into the designated space. Softubs are extremely portable allowing them to go places that other tubs just can’t. Their round shape also opens up the options. Finally, Softubs are available in 3 different sizes so you are sure to be able to find one that fits your existing deck.


If you are wanting to purchase a hot tub, and already have a pre-existing deck, you don’t have to settle for less. Investing in a Softub can bring you all of the enjoyment of a traditional hot tub without the headache of a big construction project. So visit us at a Softub Express event near you, or call us at 800-996-8827, to check out all of our Softub options. We promise to make it easy to make your hot tub dreams a reality.

7 Ways to Prevent Soreness After Exercise

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“Feel the burn.”  “If it’s not hurting, it’s not working.” “No pain, No gain.” We have all heard the workout cliches that subtly, or not so subtly imply that there is a level of discomfort that comes with exercising. Although it is true that there will be some sore muscles when you exercise, there are several things that you can do to help prevent pain during and after your workout. We have put together a list of seven things that you can do to prevent soreness after exercise.

Amazingly, many of these things can be accomplished with a Softub.

Stretch

This one is probably common sense, but it is an important one. Stretch. You should always stretch your muscles before you exercise. It is like easing your muscles into what they are about to do. When your muscles go from tight to intense use, you will definitely feel it for days after your workout. Taking a few minutes to gently stretch them first will save you from a lot of time spent in pain later. Stretching also happens to be one of the things that you can do in your Softub, as stretching is best accomplished when your muscles are warm. Completing your stretches while soaking in the warm water of your Softub is ideal.

Warm up

Yes, you should warm up before you start your activity, but here we are talking about literally warming up your muscles. Soaking in warm water increases the blood flow to your muscles causing them to relax. The heat also loosens your joints giving you a better range of motion. With relaxed muscles and loose joints there is less risk for injury.

Hydrate

Staying hydrated is another way to prevent soreness. When your body is hydrated all of your systems function much better keeping soreness at bay.

Work out with correct form

Focusing on correct form during your workout is a key player in preventing soreness and injury. Your body is a meant to bend and stretch in amazing ways, but when your form is incorrect you could be forcing your body to move in ways that will cause injury.

Take an ice bath

Many serious athletes use ice baths to soothe their muscles directly after a workout. Your Softub can be cooled, if you choose, and ice could be added to give you a place to cool your muscles. Just keep in mind it will take the heater a bit to warm things back up once the water has been cooled.

Heat up later in the day

Although heat is actually not recommended right after your workout, it is recommended that you take a hot soak later in the day. It will ease the muscles that may begin to tighten as the day has gone on. This is a perfect opportunity to jump in your Softub and relax.

Use your sore muscles

Finally, if you do get sore muscles resist the urge to sit and not use them. You will recover from muscle soreness much faster if you continue to use the muscles rather than babying them.


Although sore muscles will be inevitable sometimes, following these tips will help to decrease the duration and frequency of your soreness. By investing in a Softub, you will find relief and get back to enjoying your day.

Yes, you really do need to drain your Softub water

Your wife left for a day of shopping, leaving you to change the water in the Softub. But, changing the water in your Softub seems like a daunting task and you had other plans for the day. Draining, cleaning and refilling your tub is not nearly as fun as soaking in your tub or that nap you were hoping to take. Besides, you don’t really need to change the water, right? Wrong! Clean water means healthy water. Putting off routine maintenance compromises the health of your Softub. Fortunately, changing the water is actually a very easy task and not something that will take all day. (Don’t worry, we won’t tell your wife.) Follow these simple steps so you can check cleaning the Softub off your list and get your Saturday back.

Flush Your Plumbing Clean (recommended once per year)

Just prior to draining your tub, we strongly recommend the addition of Swirl Away once per year. All hot tub plumbing lines accumulate biofilm and right before draining is the optimum time to flush those plumbing lines out. This process takes about 60 min and the directions are as follows:

Directions For Use:

  1. Remove filter cartridge.

  2. Pour 1/2 bottle into spa filled with hot water, run for 60 minutes without air on.

  3. Drain tub and rinse with clean water.

  4. Refill with new water.

So add Swirl Away and let it filter while you go fix yourself a snack!

Drain

Now that your belly is full and your pipes are flushed, it is time to drain out all of the water. This might take a little time, but once you start the draining, you could head off for a little cat nap. There are two recommended ways to drain your Softub. The first is to create a gravity drain using a regular garden hose. Simply hold the hose in front of a jet until water is coming out the other end, and then place the hose towards the bottom of the tub and let gravity do the rest. This one will definitely take the longest. The other option is to invest in a submersible pump like this one. This makes the job of draining your tub super easy and quick.

Clean

While your tub is draining, it’s a great time to give the inside liner a bath. We love BaquaSpa Surface Cleaner for this job. This awesome product, compatible with both chlorine and BaquaSpa chemical systems, is a gel cleaner that leaves your tub sparkling. Simply place a little gel on a clean sponge or washcloth, and scrub the dirt away. You can rinse with the water as it’s being drained so the dirt goes out with the water.  

Clean Your Filter

Just as important as adding the proper chemicals is maintaining a clean filter. We recommend you replace the filter cartridge yearly, but in between it’s very important to rinse your cartridge thoroughly. For a deeper cleaning, you can use BaquaSpa Filter Cleaner which will actually dissolve body oils, perspiration, lotions, etc off the pleats of the filter. Much more effective than just rinsing with water!

Refill

Yep, that’s it. You are done with your work and ready to start refilling your tub just in time to turn on the big game. The only thing that is left to do is adjust your chemicals once your tub is full. It really is that easy.

Don’t worry, your secret's safe with us. Your wife never has to know that your day really consisted of a snack, a nap and watching the game. All she will care about is that nice clean tub that you all get to enjoy when she gets home. Head over to our website and pick up the chemicals that you need so your next Softub cleaning experience can truly be this easy.

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Softubs for Motorcycle Enthusiasts

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As fall approaches and the temperature cools, the open road starts calling to motorcycle enthusiasts across the country. Riding through the hills, taking in the beauty of the changing fall leaves, is an ideal way to spend the weekend. Unfortunately, as we age, those long rides leave us with a few more aches and pains than we may have experienced in years past. Even though the reward is totally worth it, there are a few things that you can do to ease some of those pains, so your ride is a rewarding, and pleasurable, experience.

Before Your Ride

Easing your riding pains actually starts before the ride. As you prepare to head out for a long ride, consider taking a 20 minute soak in your Softub just before you leave. This will loosen your muscles and increase blood flow so your body is relaxed. You could even perform some stretches while you soak to help get your neck, shoulders, back and legs limbered up. Starting the ride loose and relaxed will give you a good start, so you aren’t adding muscle tension to already stressed muscles.

During Your Ride

While you are riding, you want to make sure you stop occasionally to stretch your legs. You may also want to do some simple arm stretches while you are stopped. As you ride, be sure to drink plenty of water to keep your body hydrated and performing at its best. It is also a good idea to change riding positions occasionally. Even a slight change in position can ease the strain that hours of sitting in the same position can cause to your muscles.

After Your Ride

After you get home from a lengthy ride is an interesting time. Your mind and body are totally taxed, but you also have a deep sense of contentment. Your bed calls to you, but before you go take a few minutes to enjoy your Softub. The persistent heat will ease your aching joints and muscles while allowing your mind a little time to process the day. Soaking in your Softub before bed also puts your body in an ideal position for a great night of sleep. Your Softub is the perfect transition between your exciting, enjoyable, exhausting day and the comforting call of your bed.

The benefits of Softubs are truly amazing for anyone, but they can be of particular benefit to motorcyclists. If you want to experience these benefits with your next ride, find us on the open road or give us a call at 800-996-TUBS (8827). With the simple installation of a Softub, we can easily have you up and running, before your next motorcycle adventure.

Add value to your vacation rental with a Softub

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Vacation Rentals by owner are becoming increasingly popular. As the owner of a vacation home, you know that the competition is steep when it comes to attracting guests. Guests want the most amenities for the best price. That leaves you constantly on the lookout for new ways to attract guests and increase your home’s value.

The Benefits

One of the things that many people are looking for when renting a vacation home is a hot tub. There are a couple of reasons that a hot tub tops the list. First of all, they are looking for something their current home doesn’t have. Vacations are all about getting to experience places and things that you don’t normally have an opportunity to. They are also looking for a hot tub because they are on vacation to relax, and nothing is more relaxing than ending the day in a bubbly hot tub.

The Drawbacks

At this point, you may be saying yeah, yeah, yeah, I know all of the benefits, but what about the drawbacks? Hot tubs are expensive, and they add a whole new level of maintenance and cost to your vacation home. You want your vacation home to be as maintenance-free as possible, and a hot tub sounds like the opposite of maintenance-free. We hear you.

The Solution

A Softub could be the answer to your problem. Softubs check off all the wish list items for your guests, while keeping costs low and maintenance down for you.

Guests will Love Them

Softubs are unique and bring something to your vacation rental they won’t find everywhere. Your guests will love that they have the option of a nightly soak and they are getting to experience something new and exciting. The freeform seating of a Softub means your guests will be comfortable no matter what height or size they are. That is not always the case with traditional hot tubs. Their molded seats don’t provide a one size fits all tub. With a traditional tub, your guests that are taller or shorter than average might not enjoy your tub as much as they could. With a Softub, you know your guests will experience the same high level of comfort.

They are Low Maintenance

Because of the simplicity a Softub brings, you will enjoy how easy it is to maintain. Softubs require less cleaning and less chemicals than traditional hot tubs, which will help you cut down on costs. You will also save significantly on utilities when compared to running a traditional tub. We think you'll be pleasantly surprised at how easy and cost effective a Softub really is.

The bottom line is that a Softub is a great way to bring added comfort, relaxation, and fun to your vacation home, without incurring a lot of cost or added headache. Come visit us at a Softub Express event near you, or call us at 800-996-TUBS (8827), and let us help you increase the value of your vacation home today.

Softub to help fight the common cold

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Headache, stuffy nose, cough, congestion and an overall feeling of ick! These are just a few of the symptoms that come along with the common cold. It may be common, but it is uncomfortable and inconvenient. Getting rid of a cold isn’t always an easy task, but your Softub may be able to help you ease your symptoms and get over your cold a little bit faster. Check out all of the ways that your Softub can help you this cold season.

Increased Blood Flow

It is widely known that hot tubs can speed healing when it comes to muscle or joint injuries. This healing comes because your blood flow is increased by the heat of the water. The extra blood flow helps affected areas to heal sooner. The same principle can be applied when talking about healing a cold. Soaking in your Softub will increase blood flow to inflamed areas, allowing your body to heal more rapidly.

Open Air Ways

Chicken soup is often touted as being a remedy for colds. The success behind eating chicken soup when you are sick has very little to do with the chicken and much more to do with the heat and steam that comes from the soup. Breathing in the steam from the broth will open your sinus and airways allowing you to breathe easier and feel better. The moist, hot air that you breathe in as you soak in your Softub works in the same way. That heat is going to open up your airways and leave you breathing easier. It will also be much more effective than that little bowl of chicken soup.

Soothing Heat

It is not uncommon to experience achiness or sore muscles when you are fighting a cold. This is due, in part, to your muscles tensing up as you cough. It can also be caused by the overall wear of a cold on your body. No matter what the cause, the soothing heat of your Softub will go a long way in relaxing those sore muscles.

By taking care of the symptoms of your cold, your body will begin to heal faster. Your body can direct help where it is needed most, rather than trying to fight all of the symptoms on its own. Think of it as a healing assistant for your body. Don’t wait until cold season is in full swing, come see us at a Softub Express event near you, or call us at 800-996-TUBS (8827). We can get your Softub up and running so you can enjoy the fun in times of health and appreciate the healing in times of sickness.

Best Times to Softub

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There are hundreds of reasons for you to jump in your Softub and we have yet to meet a Softub owner that needs an excuse to take a soak, but just in case you are looking for a good reason to use your Softub, we have put together a list of the best times to use your Softub. See what you think.

 

 

When you wake up in the morning

Taking a soak in your Softub first thing in the morning is the perfect way to start your day. The hot water increases blood flow and gets your body ready to take on the day.

When you are feeling stressed

There is no better way to relax when you are feeling stressed, than taking a soothing soak in your Softub. The heat of the water and the massaging jets will relax away your stress in no time flat.

When you are hurt

Soothing away aches and pains is one of the main uses of a Softub. The heat of your hot tub will increase blood flow to the affected area, which helps to promote quick healing. As soon as you feel your back aching or joints hurting, head out to your Softub and chase those pains away.

When you are in the mood for romance

Softubs are the perfect place for romance. Light a few candles, turn on your love songs playlist and enjoy a romantic evening in your Softub.

When you are all fired up

When your temper is all flared up and you need to take a minute to regain your composure, your Softub is ready and waiting. Something about the gentle bubbling of the hot water takes the heat out of your temper, so you can think clearly.

When you need a break

Whether your work is manual labor, mental labor or chasing after kids all day; you work hard and sometimes you just need a break. Your Softub gives your body and mind a break like nothing else will. Just 15-20 minutes in your tub gets you ready to face the rest of your day.

When you want to have fun

Softubs are just fun! When you are looking for something fun to do look no further than your Softub. Whether you are alone, with your spouse, your kids or your friends you will definitely have a great time when you are in your Softub.

When you want to enjoy good conversation

There is nothing like a genuine face to face conversation, but anymore it is harder and harder to disconnect and fully engage in conversation. Your Softub provides the perfect place for that conversation to happen.

When you have company over

Entertaining guests is always enjoyable and it can be even better when the evening moves to your Softub. Some of the best evenings end in Softubs.

When you want to enjoy a family night

No matter what age your kids are, young and old alike all love a family night in the hot tub. Watching movies, playing games or just hanging out having fun it is all so much better when the location is your Softub.

When you are ready to go to bed

Finally, your Softub is perfect for when you are ready to hit the hay. It will relax your body and mind, while it alters your body temperature getting you all set up for a good night’s sleep.

There you have it. Twelve of the best times to use your Softub. If you already have a Softub, pick your favorite time and get soaking. If you don’t have your own Softub, what are you waiting for? These are just a fraction of the ways that you can use your Softub. Come see us at a Softub Express event near you, or call us at 800-996-TUBS (8827), we would love to give you another way to enjoy life.

Ideal Length of Time to Softub

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As soon as you take your first soak in a Softub, you know that you could easily spend hours basking in its greatness. Unfortunately, spending hours on end in your Softub might not be so healthy. Too much time in the heat can cause lightheadedness, dizzy feelings and nausea. This overheating can be dangerous and will definitely put a damper on your Softub enjoyment.

So, what is the best length of time to soak in your Softub? Well, that all depends. The temperature of your tub, the outdoor temperature and what your desired effects are from your Softub all play a role in determining what the ideal amount of time is for your soak.

 

Average Times and Temperatures

The average hot tub temperature is between 100 and 102 degrees Fahrenheit, but some people prefer a temperature as hot as 104 degrees. If you are using your tub for relaxation or healing 102 degrees is really a great temperature, but you should not spend more than 15-30 minutes soaking at this temperature. If your water temperature is a few degrees warmer or cooler, you should adjust your soak time a few minutes either way.

Extreme Outdoor Temperatures

If the air temperature is extremely hot or extremely cold you don’t need to avoid your hot tub, but you should use caution. Extreme temperatures can cause your brain to have an unrealistic sense of body temperature. That means that you could be overheating from the water temperature, but not realizing that your body is too hot! So whether it is really hot or really cold, you should turn down the heat a few degrees and limit your soak to no more than 15 minutes.

Longer Soaks

We know that sometimes you would like to spend longer than 30 minutes soaking in your tub. Maybe you are having company over, planning a Softub movie or game night and 30 minutes just isn’t enough. You have a couple of options. You could lower your tub temperature a few degrees, to lower the risk of overheating. This allows you a longer evening in your Softub.

If turning down the heat doesn’t appeal to you, then you could also take a break from soaking every 20-30 minutes. Getting out of your Softub and letting your body temperature return to normal, before reentering will help to ensure that you are not going to overheat.

The whole reason that you purchased your Softub is to relax and enjoy, but safety should always come first. Fortunately, by following these guidelines you can safely enjoy your Softub. If you have any questions about safe Softub use, don’t hesitate to give us a call at 800-996-TUBS (8827) or visit us at an event near you. At Softub Express, we are here to help you get the most out of your Softub.

Softubs can enhance your Athletic Performance

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You are on the court, you hear the rhythmic thud of the ball, the squeak of your shoes on the court, and the satisfying swish of the net as you make a great shot. You know that you are on your game today. Unfortunately, no matter what your sport of choice, you know that your performance can vary from day to day. Some days you get out on the court or field and you just aren’t there. That is why athletes are always on the lookout for anything that can improve their performance. A Softub is just what you are looking for to help enhance your athletic performance, and give you more consistent results every time you play.

Soak Before

Soaking before you play or just before you workout will help to loosen your muscles so you go into your game ready for activity. Simultaneously stretching while you are soaking in your Softub can also be beneficial and it allows you to maximize your time.

Soak After

Soaking after your workout is also beneficial. You won’t want to go directly from your workout to the Softub because you want to give your muscles a chance to cool down a bit before you head to your Softub for more heat. The heat will send healing blood flow to your muscles allowing them to recover more quickly, so you can play and train harder and more often.

Soak Consistently

Athletes who soak once or twice a day for at least 20 minutes, even if it is not directly before or after their workout, still report a positive impact on their athletic performance. With these consistent soaks, you are regularly increasing blood flow to your muscles which keeps them loose and can even increase your range of motion. Better range of motion makes that golf club swing a little smoother and that jump shot a little easier, while decreasing your risk of injury.

Soak Away Injury

Your Softub can also be a great asset when you find yourself with a minor injury. The soothing heat of your Softub can help to speed up your recovery time so you can get back to your training sooner, keeping you at the top of your game.

As you can tell, Softubs are a great asset to any serious athlete. If you are ready to check out all of these amazing benefits for yourself, give us a call at 800-996-TUBS (8827) or visit us at an event near you and let us help you improve your performance today.

Can your Softub improve the old grey matter?

The older you get the more grey starts coming into your life. You start getting more and more grey hairs and you have to pay more attention to sharpening that old grey matter that is underneath all of those grey hairs. Keeping your brain sharp is vital to feeling youthful as long as possible. This is where your Softub comes into play. Taking daily soaks in your Softub won’t get rid of your grey hairs, but it will go a long way in helping that other bit of grey.

Recently, research that was being conducted to determine the effects of hot tubs on fibromyalgia lead to renewed evidence that hot tubs increase brain function in some pretty incredible ways. During the study, middle-aged women exercised in either cool or warm water 3x a week for 16 weeks. The study found that the women who exercised in warm water not only saw relief for their fibromyalgia symptoms, but they also had increased cognitive function when given a cognitive ability test after their soak, as compared to the other groups.

As it turns out, the increase in blood flow that makes Softubs good for healing, also sends that increased blood flow to your brain. Then the heat exposure increases the delivery of oxygen-rich blood to the prefrontal cortex. Studies have found that when that part of the brain is oxygenated for longer it improves your reaction time in addition to your cognitive ability.

Interestingly, these results can only be found when the body is heated radiantly by warm water. Meaning, these benefits do not occur when the body gets hot from air temperature like it does when you are outside during the heat of summer.

The heat of the water has also been shown to improve the function of the central nervous system by regulating stress response, stabilizing moods, and improving memory which all lead to better overall brain function.

Finally, the warm water causes the brain to release BDNF (brain-derived neurotrophic factor) which is a protein that the body produces to aid in the regrowth and restoration of your nerves and brain cells. BDNF is also released when you exercise.

All of these benefits are truly remarkable and definitely point to the fact that Softub use is highly beneficial to your brain. Give us a call at 800-996-TUBS (8827) or visit us at an event near you and let’s start taking better care of that old grey matter today.

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Accessorize your Outdoor set-up

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Recent pool and spa marketing research shows there are over 7.3 million hot tubs in operation in the United States. You can assume that a fair amount of those are in-home hot tubs and you just joined the ranks when you purchased your Softub. But, you have never liked being part of the crowd. Nope, everything that you do has always been a little different than everyone else and your Softub purchase is no exception. You have no intentions of just setting your tub up on your porch with a bench and a plant. You want something unique. You want your Softub to be a unique addition to your home. Here are some tips for unique ways to incorporate your Softub into your outdoor space.

Decide on a Location

First things first, you will need to decide on a location for your tub. Now, there are some practical things that you will need to think about like: is the surface flat enough, is there an outlet accessible, is the spot private enough, convenient enough, safe enough etc. With these things in mind you can then let your imagination run wild. Maybe you are going to put your Softub in your Man Cave or She Shed. Maybe it will stay on your patio, but you plan to transform your patio into a tropical oasis or a mediterranean getaway with your Softub as the focal point. Because your Softub is portable and so easy to move, you have the freedom to move it around and see what location is going to be the perfect place for your outdoor vision.  

Add Some Functional Features

Once you have picked your ideal location, you will want to add some functional features around your Softub. Sure you will add some chairs and a side table, but there are some other features you might not have considered that will take your space to the next level. A towel rack is a common thing to have near your Softub, but no one said it had to be an ordinary towel rack. Maybe your towel rack is made from motorcycle handle bars to go with the decor in your Man Cave or a wine rack that has been transformed to go with your She Shed Tuscan theme.

People love listening music while they enjoy their Softub so you may want to add some outdoor speakers near your tub. If you really want to make your space stand out, you could add some luxury features, like a mini fridge nearby so you always have cold drinks within reach, or an outdoor tv so you can enjoy watching the ball games from your Softub.

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You’ve got a great location for your Softub, you have added some features that make your Softub unique and functional, now it is time to accessorize. Accessories are where your unique personality can really shine through. They will make the difference between your vision coming through and a half-finished attempt at something that could have been great. So what kind of accessories should you add? You might start with some plants. The kind of plants, of course, depend on your space - flowers, shrubs, succulents, whatever suits your theme the best.  Soften things up a bit by adding some throw pillows or towels for your guests. It could be that a fountain or special lighting is what your space needs. As you start adding accessories things will start coming together and your designer’s eye will know what is needed.


Once your accessories are in place you are all set. Your unique space will be ready to enjoy with your family and friends. Just be prepared, your house will quickly become everyone’s favorite hangout.

Summer Softub reading list

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Whether it’s a thriller that makes you jump out of your skin or a romantic book that carries you away to a love filled land, reading is a favorite pastime for millions of Americans. Why not try combining your love for books with your new found love...your Softub. The warm bubbling water practically begs you to come and relax with a good book. We put together some great reads that you may want to add to your Softub reading list.

Mystery

Just out this summer, The President Is Missing: A Novel by James Patterson and Bill Clinton, should be at the top of your reading list if you are a fan of Mystery. With the writing expertise of James Patterson and the insider details from an actual president, this thriller tells the story of cyber terrorism that threatens to destroy the United States. It will, undoubtedly have you on the edge of your Softub seat.

Romance

Romance books are perfect for reading in your Softub. Light a few candles, turn on some low music, and grab a copy of Navy Families by Debbie Macomber. This book includes two stories from her Navy series; Navy Baby and Navy Husband. The books offer heated passion, an unexpected pregnancy, heartbreak and of course a little bit of Navy life. Let's be honest who doesn’t love a man in uniform? They will no doubt make for an enjoyable night of reading.

Self-Help

Mystery and Romance aren’t your style? How about a self-help book. You can improve your life while you improve your mind and body in your Softub. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey is a great place to start. There isn’t a person in the world that couldn’t use a few tips on how to be more effective in life. Covey’s book has helped literally millions of people all over the world become better at what they do. What could be better than learning to become more effective while you take a relaxing soak?

Autobiography

Need some encouragement? How about a little Kevin Hart? His autobiography entitled, I Can’t Make This Stuff Up: Life Lessons by Kevin Hart is sure to fit the bill. Hart’s story from difficult beginnings to Hollywood is wrapped in humor, but delivers a big dose of life lessons that will encourage you to keep working, no matter where you are in life. This one should definitely be on your summer Softub book list.

Cooking

For a total change of pace, try reading through a new cookbook. Feast by Firelight: Simple Recipes for Camping, Cabins, and the Great Outdoors by Emma Frisch is a great option. It will give you some new inspiration for great meals to make on all of your outdoor adventures. You will be all set for the rest of the summer and into the fall.

For the Kids

Don’t forget the kids. Reading in the Softub is a perfect incentive for getting your kiddos to continue reading through the summer. We picked a couple of books that they’ll enjoy too. Hello, Universe written by Erin Entrada Kelly was the Newberry Medal winner for 2018. It is a gripping story told from the perspectives of four middle school students as one of them gets trapped in a well. It is sure to be a hit.

Next, we suggest Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut written by Derrick Barnes, illustrated by Gordon C. James. Although it wasn’t an award winner, it was nominated for the Newberry medal and the Caldecott award. Crown tells the story of how a fresh haircut can bring you fame like royalty. It is a story that everyone can relate to and the kids are sure to love.


After reading through this list, we know where you will be, but if you need us, for more chemicals or just to thank us for this awesome list, you can find us at the store Monday through Friday 9am-5pm. The rest of the time we can be found at home reading in our Softubs, just like you.

Hot Tub Tax Relief

This article appeared in the June 2018 edition of Aqua Magazine, a trade publication dedictated to the pool and spa industry. It was written by the magazine's editor, Scott Webb.

I’VE ALWAYS BELIEVED that one day hot tubs will get full credit for the
health benefits they provide and be seen as the medical devices they
really are. The research is out there to back this up; it seems like more
arrives every year. But more importantly, you can feel it — physically sense
the healing effects of hot tub use. When people feel it, they get it.
The foundation of this official recognition exists today. Hot tub health
benefits are recognized by the IRS and some state governments, and
under the right conditions, a customer can receive significant tax breaks
from the purchase of a hot tub.

It says right there in Publication 502 of the U.S. tax code that a
customer can deduct “medical expenses that are the costs of diagnosis,
cure, mitigation, treatment, or prevention of disease, and the costs for
treatments affecting any part or function of the body. These include the
costs of equipment, supplies, and diagnostic devices needed for these
purposes."

Which boils down to this: the IRS will let you deduct
the cost of a hot tub if there’s a prescription (or some kind of medical
statement) stating the hot tub was purchased to alleviate or treat a
medical condition such as a long-term injury or arthritis.
How much money are we talking about here? In my case, 22 percent
of the purchase price, since that’s my highest tax bracket. So for a $9000
spa, that’s about $2000. And while Softubs don't cost nearly that much, you can still save significant amounts of money. 

In addition to that federal income tax deduction, some states don’t
charge sales tax on hot tubs (again, with a prescription), including Texas
and Florida. (Sadly, NY is NOT one of those states)
Texas tax code 3.284, item (11) states that “sales…tax is not due on
the sale of therapeutic appliances when sold to individuals under a
prescription of a licensed practitioner of the healing arts.”
The state sales tax rate in Texas is 6.25 percent, so that’s another
$562.50 off the bill for that $9,000 spa.

This is worth considering for those people looking to buy
a spa for pain relief. Have you asked your doctor for a hot tub Rx? If
you have one, or are willing to get one, you may save significant money on your purchase.

These examples show that government and medical institutions have
taken the first steps toward the day when hot tubs will be fully covered in
health plans and deductible without restriction, which would improve the
health and well being of the continent in general.

 

Softub for workout recovery

The exhilaration that you feel during an intense workout session is what keeps you going, but the day or two after that workout can be pretty brutal. Your muscles are sore, your joints are stiff, and it takes a few days for you to be able to resume your regular workout schedule. A Softub can help ease some of those after effects so you can recover faster and get back to your regular workouts sooner.

Pre-Workout

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The benefits of using a Softub actually start before your workout does.  Soaking for 10-15 minutes prior to starting your workout will help get you prepared for an intense session. The warm water helps loosen and relax muscles so you aren’t starting out with cold tight muscles. The heat will also increase your blood flow and circulation so your body is in peak condition to start your workout. You can even start your pre-workout stretching in the water for added benefit. You will want to be sure that you are staying fully hydrated. Adding heat, even if it is before you actually start working out can quickly lead to dehydration, so use caution.

Post-Workout Hydrotherapy

Post-workout, the first thing you will want to do is stretch again to reduce the lactic acid that has built up in your muscles. Once you have stretched, soak in a cold water bath to constrict the blood flow to your muscles in an effort to reduce the swelling. This will start the process for quicker muscle recovery. Shortly after your cold water soak you can partake in your Softub soak. The hot water will reduce muscle spasms, creating softer muscle tissue. The moist heat will also relieve any joint stiffness. As it did in your pre-workout soak, the heat will improve circulation and take the tension out of your muscles. Together, all of these benefits will undoubtedly speed up your workout recovery and in turn enhance your exercise performance.


We know that it sounds too good to be true, but that Softub that you always wanted for the sheer enjoyment of it, really can offer you so much more than just enjoyment. It offers workout benefits that can take you to the next level of fitness. So, if you have finally decided that the benefits of a Softub are too great to ignore, come see us at Softub Express and pick out your Softub today. We participate in many events throughout NY State. You can check our event listings here. Or call us at 800.996.TUBS (8827).

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