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Invited to a hot tub get together? Spas are a unique alternative to a social gathering. Just like any social engagement, there is a little etiquette that should be practiced. Even in a hot tub spa!

First thing, which is fairly simple, don't turn the spa into your restroom. Warm water relaxes your entire body-including your muscles. You may be stricken with the sudden urge to relieve yourself. Be mindful of others, and use the appropriate facility that has been made available to guests.

Need something that requires you to get out of the spa? No problem. Just make sure you don't bring anything along with you. Wear a pair of flip-flops and check that you are free of debris before you enter back into the spa.

Enjoy a hot soak without making a splash. Meaning? Not everyone is going to want to have a water fight or make light of someone jumping into the spa only to remove half the water.

Never smoke in a spa! In fact, don't smoke, period. People can suffer from second hand smoke; and there's a potential for ash and cigarette butts of falling into the water. Take a smoke break in a designated smoking area. And don't forget: discard of the butts properly!

A spa can get pretty crowded. Personal space can become limited quickly. Ask the person next to you if they are comfortable or need more room. Trust me, they will appreciate it.

The battle of the towels. To avoid towel war, bring your own towel. An easy way to keep track of your towel is to initial it somewhere visible on the towel that is easy to spot by you and others as well.

Most importantly: have fun. Practicing good etiquette will ensure that everyone will enjoy themselves to the fullest; that means you too!

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A lifestyle is just that: it is how you choose to live your life. Now, following a healthy lifestyle, can be plagued with decisions: “Should I eat that cheeseburger? Or, should I think twice, and reach for a healthier alternative?” Think about it this way: you are what you eat. Time and time again we have heard that saying; in fact, a majority of us grew up with it. It has been proven that food which are high in empty carbohydrates, such as: bread, soft drinks, alcohol, chips, can have a negative affect on your mind and body; ranging from: poor concentration, low energy levels; and not mention high blood pressure, diabetes, and obesity. Who wants that? Eating right, however, can drastically change your life for the better in just as many ways. And guess what? It's not as difficult as you think.

One of the first things to consider when changing your diet, is to consult with you doctor. This is for many reasons: one, your doctor can help you determine your ideal weight and daily caloric intake using your: gender; age; and height; level of physical activity; and medical history.

Your health in number one. Don't compromise your health. Dropping a drastic amount of weight in a short span of time can lead your body into starvation mode. This is when your body goes into shock, and begins to hold every ounce of fat to prepare for famine. We are trying to lose fat, not store it.

Now that you've consulted with your doctor, it is time to stock up your fridge with fruits, vegetables, protein, and good carbohydrates; which consist of wheat and grains. Complex carbohydrates, will provide you emery and keep you full throughout day; as opposed to empty carbohydrates which fuel your body for a short amount of time. Step two, is portion control. Try eating small portioned meals five times a day. By doing so, you'll feel full. And what's better, you will be full! Say goodbye to that growling stomach.

I cannot stress enough staying away from processed food. Your body is not meant to digest food that is high in fructose corn syrup, and doused with added sugar and salt, and not to mention: chemicals. Make sure to always read the label. It's important to know what you are putting into your body.

Physical activity is essential to living a healthy lifestyle. Try to exercise 3-4 times a week. When I say exercise, I'm not referring to becoming a gym rat. You can simply take a stroll around the block, or instead of making your way to the gas station for a carwash, try washing it yourself. A body in motion, tends to stay in motion.

Try to incorporate meditation into your life. Your brain processes thousands of things a day, and it needs time to recoup. High stress levels can contribute to weight gain; and meditation is an excellent way to reduce stress and unwind from the day. A healthy mind is just as important as a healthy body.

Don't wait until tomorrow to change your lifestyle for the better! You can start this very minute. The choice is yours.

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Thanks to your joints you can wiggle, run, bend, play an name it! Healthy joints are a given if you want your body to be at its very best.

So, what are your joints made of?

Smooth tissue called cartilage and synovium and a lubricant called synovial fluid cushion the joints so bones do not rub together. But increasing age, injury -- even sitting the wrong way or carrying too much weight -- can wear and tear your cartilage.

How can I keep my joints happy and healthy?

Incorporate weight training into your exercise routine. Weight training builds muscle, and keeps your ligaments and muscles strong. Without it, your joints do all the work; and your joints can only do so much. Try activities that raise your heart rate as well; such as: swimming and aerobics. Cardio workouts help reduce joint swelling.


Don't forget your core muscles. A strong back, abdomen and chest helps with your balance, and will prevent you from taking a tumble-ouch! A nasty fall can potentially cause damage to your joints.

Diet is key to healthy joints. Excess weight takes a toll on your joints. The additional weight, puts pressure on your knees, back and hips. This makes it hard for your joints to perform it's duty. And, if not addressed early, it can have and everlasting effect on your body.

Speaking of diet: antioxidants should be part of your diet. Vitamins such a A, C, and E and selenium help fight free radicals that can damage your joints.

Here are some foods that are rich in antioxidants! And delicious as well!

Most importantly: listen to your body. It is designed to tell you when something is wrong. Your body is always right in this aspect. So, listen to it!

Look at everything your joints do. Return the favor! and keep them happy and healthy.

*This article should not be used for medical advice. Always consult with your doctor.

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When incorporating your spa into your backyard, see it as an accessory to your landscape. Don't just use your hot tub, personalize it and add that final touch to your dream oasis.

Make your hot tub an addition to your backyard with these easy tips and tricks:

Placement of your Hot Tub

It is important to consider the topography of your backyard. Make sure to place your spa in a flat area, that is not near dirt or leaves. Although a cover will prevent pieces of debris and dirt collecting in your hot tub, it will not provide the same protection during use. Time spent in your hot tub is meant for your to enjoy, not cleanup.

*Safety is Key

Pay close attention to areas in your backyard that could be prone to accidents ; do not place your hot tub in a dark area or on a smooth surface. It is more important to care for the well-being of your family, friends, and yourself—rather than aesthetics.

Plan Around the Overall Theme of your Backyard

In order to incorporate your hot tub into your backyard, make sure it fits with the overall theme of your home and outdoor living space. Radically different themes, will compromise the look and feel of your backyard.

Personalize Your Hot Tub

Take your spa experience to the next level by adding accessories that will accent your hot tub. Such as: gazebos, wrap around or stone decks, pillars, accent lighting, cascading waterfalls, or colorful spa lighting. *Decor tip: Add more depth to your gazebo with drapes.

Your hot tub can be used for more than just therapeutic and recreational purposes. With a few simple steps, your spa will become a piece of décor that will accent your backyard beautifully.

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