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Hot Tub Remedies To Help Relieve Foot Pain

Keep your eyes on the stars, and your feet in the hot tub… This may be one of the most severely misquoted quotes but it may be exactly what you are needing to hear if you are wobbling home after a long day or night on your feet! Did you know that your hot tub or spa may be the exact remedy you have been seeking for your aching feet? Soaking them in your hot tub may be a welcomed relief but there are so many other ways that your hot tub can help relieve the pain you are experiencing. 

These extra steps will not only help you work out the kinks but also help strengthen your feet! Here are four exercises you can do to help your foot pain drift away!

Point like a Ballerina

Sit or stand and extend a pointed toe toward the floor of your hot tub. Slowly roll your foot flat and continue until you are pushing your heel toward the floor. After extending your heel, transition back into the pointed toe position. Continue to do this several times! Don’t forget the other foot.

Tennis Time

Grab a tennis ball and relieve your aching arches! If you have plantar fasciitis, this will feel so good! While standing in your hot tub, take a tennis ball and roll your foot back and forth on it. The motion of the tennis ball rolling across your sore arches will feel heavenly!

Stretch

While standing at the edge of your hot tub, position your toes against the wall (similar to a runner’s stretch). Lean forward slightly and allow the arches of your feet to stretch. A transition from right to left will ensure that both feet receive a great stretch.

Massage

Reward yourself with a massage provided by the jets on your hot tub! It may tickle but if you can get past the tickling sensation, you will be thankful for the relaxing pressure your hot tub jets will provide!

Do this consistently and after a short time, you will begin to feel the difference in your everyday life!

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How Hot Should You Keep Your Hot Tub?

Have you ever stepped into a shower expecting a nice hot stream of water to hit you but instead you are greeted by a rush of much cooler water? It’s both shocking and not so enjoyable because in your mind you left it on lava hot and the last person to take a shower wanted a cold shower! Choosing a temperature for your hot tub can be very similar depending on who is enjoying it at the time. Is there a perfect temperature that pleases everyone? Not really! The perfect temperature depends on your personal preference but here are some guidelines that will help you decide on the best temperature for everyone.

85-94 Degrees

This is the perfect temperature for those hot days when you would much rather cool off over “hot tubbing”. The water will be refreshing and very much like your own small private pool. If you live in a colder climate where the temps drop during the night, make sure to heat it up before covering it for the night. You don’t want anything to freeze during the cooler temps! Although it sounds tempting, keeping lower temps with the idea of a lower electric bill may not be as fulfilling in the end. It can create stress on your hot tub’s heater and circuit board! Which could cost you more in the long run!

95-99 Degrees

Hot tubs are as attractive to children as a candle is to a moth…if you have kids, you know that they want to be in your hot tub with all of the rest of you…but… Pediatricians agree that children under the age of five should not be in hot tubs! Children five and older can be in hot tubs at lower temps and limited intervals of ten to fifteen minutes. Meaning that ten minutes in and ten minutes out would be best for their small bodies! During which, they should drink plenty of water!

100-104 Degrees

Now, if you are the type of person who likes to shower in lava water, these temps are the ones that appeal most to you! These temps are for healthy adults who are not pregnant and have no health issues. If you do have any health concerns, always talk to your doctor before entering a hot tub!

When your hot tub is not in use, lower your temperature only five degrees lower than your normal temp. That way it can easily climb to your preferred temp and will prevent any freezing from occurring in cooler weather.

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Summer Eats to Enjoy Poolside

There is something about the fresh air and swimming in or relaxing by the pool combo that makes everyone extremely hungry! With the summer heat looming over us, no one wants to heat up their house by turning on the oven or stovetop to make snacks or even meals. Pool parties and family gatherings are beginning to stretch your repertoire of recipes! Here are a few ideas that will help you create new summer food traditions!

Fruit Salad

Add all of your favorite fruits into a colorful bowl! It’s that simple! Something fresh and healthy! Step out of your box and try a fruit you have never tried before. Add some mango, passion fruit or tamarindo.

Green Salad

Try different types of lettuce! Make it colorful with a variety of veggies, like red bell peppers, corn or avocados! Experiment with purple or black tomatoes rather than the traditional red ones! Have picky eaters? Put all of the different options into small bowls so that people can build their own salads!

Frozen Fruit

Have you ever tried frozen grapes? Fruit is so delicious when it is frozen! Not only that but it also helps with cooling little ones down! Freeze your fruit on a large cookie tray and pull it out as needed. Eat it by itself, place it as a topping for yogurt or add it to a smoothie! So yummy!

Watermelon

Sweet, juicy and full of water! This fruit is an old-fashioned favorite! Place it in the fridge the night before you head for the pool. Slice it up and wallah! You have a perfect snack! Simple and delicious!

Sandwich Sliders

This is a switch from the traditional sandwich! Start with a non-traditional roll like Hawaiian rolls or sourdough roll. Add the meat of your choice. Offer different types of cheeses and mustards or dressings to give it a fun spin!

Crockpot Chicken

Chicken in the crockpot is the easiest way to make dinner! Before heading to the pool, place four chicken breasts in the crockpot on high. Add salt and pepper to taste. After it is cooked through, place it in a bowl and use your hand mixer or stand mixer to separate it! Add taco seasoning and a few tortillas and you have yummy chicken tacos!

Connecticut Fencing Laws for Pools

A clip art illustration of a brown picket fence.

An outdoor pool should be the jewel in your backyard! Its sapphire waters draw everyone who sees it! Jump in and enjoy its refreshing waters! Like any precious jewel, it really needs a protective barrier to keep others from taking advantage of it while you are not looking. A fence is essentially the first defense from keeping your pets, children, or uninvited guests from entering your oasis! Most states require a swimming pool barrier such as a fence and Connecticut has very clear requirements for your pool’s barriers.

Here is a break down of these requirements…

1. Your fence must be four feet tall from the grade. This is the minimum height required. The opening at the bottom measured from the ground should not exceed two inches.

2. If your fence has any openings, this includes slats, it should be narrow enough not to allow a four-inch sphere in diameter to pass through.

Illustration Demonstrating Connecticut Pool Fencing Laws Regarding Horizontal Members

3. It must be a solid barrier! Your fence should be smooth not having any indentations or protrusions. So, building your fence with stone is a no-no!

4. If you are building a fence that has “the horizontal and vertical members” that are 45 inches or less apart…the horizontal members should be on the pool side of the fence and no more than 1 ¾” apart. (By doing so you prevent someone using them as an aid to climb over the fence.) If the fence has any decorative cutouts they should be no bigger than 1 ¾”.

(There is just one subtle difference between #4 and #5-the difference is the measurement between the horizontal members. #4 covers 45 inches and less and #5 covers 45 inches and more.)

5. If you are building a fence that has “the horizontal and vertical members” that are 45 inches or more apart…the horizontal members should be on the pool side of the fence and no more than 1 ¾” apart. (By doing so you prevent someone using them as an aid to climb over the fence.) If the fence has any decorative cutouts they should be no bigger than 1 ¾”.

6. When using a chain linked fence to enclose your pool, the mesh size should not exceed 2-¼”. The slats that fasten at the top and bottom should reduce to 1 ¾”.

7. Fences made of a criss-cross or lattice nature should have openings no larger than 1 ¾”.

8. Access gates should lock and have self-latching devices. When the latch is located less than 54” inches above the bottom of the gate, you must put the closing mechanism on the pool side of the fence. At least 3 inches from the top of the gate.

9. ”Dwelling wall part of barrier meeting one of the following:

9.1 Powered safety cover per ASTM F1346

9.2 Doors accessing pool: Audible alarm for door & screen, 30 sec auto reset. Manual deactivation for single opening. Deactivation switch min. 54″ high

9.3 Other means of protection acceptable of protection not less than 9.1 or 9.2”

The Breakdown

There are two options for building your pool fence…

1. Build it yourself…build a fence that is forty-eight inches tall and meets all the other requirements depending on what type of materials you use to create the said fence. Your enclosure needs to have a self-locking mechanism and secure!

2. Ask a pro to do it…If all of the above seems daunting to you, you may want to ask a professional! They will know the laws and can save you a lot of headache in the end!

To see Connecticut’s swimming pool requirements for yourself click on the link below:

https://portal.ct.gov/-/media/DAS/OEDM/Design-and-Trades/swimming_pools-handout.pdf?la=en

For more information about professional pool fence construction in Connecticut, in addition to pool construction, pool service, pool cleaning, and more, contact Brothers Pool in Wallingford.

 

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