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A spa will raise your energy bills; ranging from slightly to dramatically. But, there a few easy ways to avoid this, and keep your energy bills as low as possible so you can enjoy your spa rather than worry about your wallet.

Always keep the spa cover on when your hot tub is not in use:
A spa cover will significantly reduce the amount of heat escape. If the spa is left uncovered, the water temperature be lowered, thus having to run the spa more frequently to reach the desired temperature. The less heat escape, the less you will have to run your spa. Also, I have stressed this in the past but I will stress it once more: heat your spa with the cover on. Heating your spa, with the spa cover on, will raise the water temperature at a faster rate than heating without the spa cover.

Do not run the jets when your spa is either heating up or is not in use:
The air generated from the jets cools the temperature in the water. This will lower the water temperature and you will have to run the spa for a longer period of time to maintain the temperature.

Solar Heating:
Solar heating has become a popular alternative to heating a pool or spa. Try investing in solar power to heat your spa throughout the hot months of the year to avoid unnecessary energy usage.

Water Care is Key:
To avoid having to drain your spa, make sure you practice proper water care. Buildup and unhygienic conditions sometimes require you to drain the spa. Not only does this waste water, you will also have to reheat the spa. Invest in a spa that does not have a heating element: What do I mean by that? The energy that is used to run a spa is mostly dedicated to the heating element, which is the culprit for the increase in your energy bill. Softub spas, has removed the heating element by recycling the heat generated from the motor. As a result, you can run a Softub spa for as little as $10 per month!* Pretty neat, huh?

A little can go a long way. These small adjustments will speak volumes when you see your next energy bill. Start saving today!

* LESS THAN $10 PER MONTH! Softub hot tubs are remarkably inexpensive to operate. The calculations is based upon California Energy Commission protocol, using a 220 Softub every day for 20 minutes, with jets on. The water temperature was maintained at 102* F at all times, with an outdoor ambient temperature at 60*F or lower. Using the national average cost of electricity.

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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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. Nature Made, n.d. Web. 9 May 2014. Path:; Home;Articles & Advice;Articles & Videos;Foods & Nutrients That Fuel Joint Health.

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