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It’s that time of the year again when our personal goals are flooded with resolutions and plans for the New Year. We generally greet this time of year with feelings of excitement toward being healthier and feeling renewed throughout the year. Like many others, the lessons learned in 2020 may have dramatically changed the way you look at things. More than ever, many of us realized the importance of a strong immune system. We got a first-hand lesson in understanding that health truly is wealth. 

So as the New Year is upon us, let’s remember the phrase, ‘New Year New Me,’ doesn’t have to be cliché. If you’re still hesitant about taking the plunge, read on to see some fresh ideas to achieve health and wellness in 2021. 

Make the Most of Your Home & Backyard
With most people still sticking close to home, it may be time to take a dip. Literally. Swimming in your pool or swim spa and soaking in your hot tub are great activities not only for exercise, but also your mental wellbeing, which plays a huge role in your body remaining healthy. Additionally, sitting in a sauna for 15-30 minutes is also extremely beneficial for ridding your body of any toxins accumulated throughout the day.  This helps keep your immune system strong. 

Enjoy the Health Benefits of Swimming 

Stress relief: With the holidays over, you may have returned to the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Getting the kids to school, making it to work on time, youth sports. Don’t be stressed about stress. It’s time to let it float away. Swimming has a well-deserved reputation as a safe and healthy way to relieve stress. Like other forms of aerobic exercise, it has an effect on substances such as serotonin and atrial natriuretic peptide (ANP). These chemicals improve mood and reduce stress respectively. What’s even more convenient is enjoying your pool in the comfort and safety of your own backyard. Here in Upstate NY, a swim spa can provide you with year-round swimming access and can also double as a home gym!

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Burns calories: Between the pandemic lockdown, working from home, and creating a nice holiday experience, you may have gained a few pounds. If you’re struggling with losing them and are ready to make the commitment, swimming is an enjoyable way to do so. Swimming for just one hour at light or moderate speeds can send up to 400 calories packing. 

Enjoy the Health Benefits of a Hot Tub and Sauna

Detoxification: Modern living exposes us to various toxins daily. This may be from food, water supply, beauty products, or household supplies, just to name a few. Getting a warm soak, whether in your hot tub or a sauna, makes you sweat. Sweating gets the bad stuff off of your skin and out of your system in general.

Using a sauna or a hot tub is a relaxing way to flush toxins down the drain. A good sweat session in the sauna can help you get rid of up to a third of the toxins filtered from your bloodstream by the kidneys. A good sweat in the hot tub raises your temperature, improves your blood flow and helps purify your body and organs, as well. 

Improved Circulation and Blood Flow: Heat increases the diameter of your blood vessels and increases blood flow, but why is this so important? You may have experienced nagging aches and pains in your muscles. You’re probably familiar with stiff or uncooperative joints.  An improvement in blood flow to those areas will help greatly. Also, flow equals glow. This improved circulation helps to nourish the skin cells, leaving you with renewed skin and overall well-being. It’s great to begin your year by looking and feeling good. 

Monroe County Pool Builder, and Hot Tub & Sauna Dealer
It’s important to incorporate long-term lifestyle changes in order to improve your health. Do this gradually but consistently and you’re sure to see results. Utilizing your own pool, swim spa, hot tub or sauna is a great way to start. If you’re looking for more information about investing in a pool, swim spa, hot tub or sauna, give the experts at Pettis Pools a call today. We’re excited to help you soak and swim your way into a new you!