Swimming in the Summer Time

Kind of seems like an obvious connection right? Summer = Swimming. But we’re here to encourage you to get in the habit of swimming this summer as a source of fitness and activity in your life, not just for fun.

Let’s face it, when you get in the pool with your family, you’re not doing a lot of actual exercise – you’re doing a lot more splashing and laughing. And that’s fantastic! But a water fitness routine can be a game changer in your health, and starting the habit now, when it’s easy, can mean long-term consistency.

Choose a Swim Spa

If you’re looking to create a swim-friendly environment in your backyard that will help you stay accountable to a water fitness regimen, then we recommend a swim spa over a swimming pool. Here are a few reasons why it’s a better choice:

  • Usable All Year – Swimming pools are seasonal, but H2X Swim Spas are designed to be used all year long.
  • Save Money – Because swim spas have a sealed cover system, they are easier to maintain, costing you less over time. You spend more time enjoying a swim spa than taking care of it, too.
  • Less Space – You may not have room for a pool in your backyard, which makes a swim spa ideal because it’s smaller but still contains both a pool and a hot tub!
  • It’s for Everyone – Everyone in your family can enjoy a swim spa just as much as they would a pool. Kids who are avid swimmers will love the current. And it’s even great for floating around on an inflatable pool chair.

Get to Moving

Research shows that it takes 21 days of consistency for us to neurologically create a new habit. So, if you start a consistent water fitness routine this summer, you’re certain to want to continue throughout the rest of the year, regardless of the season.

As mentioned, swim spas are usable all year long because of the insulated, sealable hard cover, which keeps the water from evaporating, reducing up to 70% of heat loss. That means, even if there is snow on the ground (however unlikely that may be in Atlanta), you can maintain your water fitness routine and then relax in the hot tub.

No more excuses! Start your water fitness routine now with a Michael Phelps Swim Spa. Get in the grove while it’s warm so you can stay consistent all year long.

Invest in Quality Outdoor Furniture

Whether you have a beautiful deck surrounding your pool, or simply have a patio outside your back door, you can take the comfort experience of your backyard to a new level when you invest in quality outdoor furniture.

So how do you tell the difference and know what you’re investing in is worth it? Well, there are a few things to look for:

  • Comfort – Try before you buy and make sure the furniture is comfortable. You certainly don’t want to spend money on something that will rarely be in use.
  • Easy Maintenance – You don’t want to spend all of your time outside taking care of your outdoor furniture. Most metal (wrought iron and aluminum) and woods like cedar, teak, eucalyptus, and all-weather wicker hold up quite well in practically all types of weather conditions, so they will likely last for years. Just be sure to avoid wood furniture that is glued together.
  • Color Correct – Outdoor furniture in earth tones and wood stains will last longer because it will require less refinishing.  Get your bold colors with the cushions rather than the structure of the furniture.
  • Hard Working – Look for outdoor furniture that can serve dual roles, such as an ottoman that also provides storage, or a bench that works great on its own or when paired with a table.
  • Fabric – Solution-dyed acrylic fabric is specifically for outdoor use. It resists moisture (mildew), UV light fading the color, and staining. Spun polyester with UV-protective coating is cheaper and dries faster, but may still fade.

At Atlanta Spa & Leisure, we offer Lane Venture outdoor furniture with the WeatherMaster ultimate outdoor cushion because we believe it to be of unmatched quality. Not to mention, the hundreds of fabric options means you’ll be able to easily match your personal style, without compromising on quality. Come by the showroom and see what we have in stock.

Springtime Spa Water Care Tips

Spring cleaning isn’t just for inside your house – now is a great time to get your hot tub water in peak condition for the upcoming high usage months. Let’s get you started!

Clean the Spa

Drain your hot tub and give it a good once (maybe twice) over. Use a designated spa cleaner, not just some cleaning agent you have lying around, because it could damage the spa otherwise. Use a skimmer net or pool vacuum to get rid of excess debris. Once you wash it, do a little rinse with the drain open before closing the drain to refill it. Tap water from the hose should be fine. Be sure to test and treat the water with sanitizer once it’s filled.

You’ll need to clean the hot tub filter too (you may need to replace it if it’s been a year since you last did so). This is something that should be done monthly. Typically, the filter is located under the skimmer basket and accessed through the interior or under the spa. There is likely a valve you need to shut before removing the filter in order to keep water from pouring out. Once the filter is out, spray off the debris and sediment build up with the hose to clean it.

On-Going Maintenance

Ideal Spa Chemical Levels

In order to keep your hot tub running smoothly this spring and into the summer, you’ll need to complete on-going maintenance, including:

  • Testing the water and adding sanitation chemicals at least twice a week (see image for ideal numbers)
  • Add water to the spa as needed to keep it full (and test the water after doing so)
  • Cleaning the hot tub filter once a month
  • Drain, clean and refill the spa every 2-4 months

If you’re looking for a product to make this process easier, we’d like to introduce our @ease Floating Sanitizing System, for use in any hot tub up to 600 gallons. A Blue Mineral Cartridge and a Silver SmartChlor™ Cartridge snap together and float in the hot tub.  The system includes a Jump Start shock packet and a 30 count bottle of @ease Test Strips. When the SmartChlor cartridge needs to be replaced, the @ease flips over to indicate it’s empty. With this system, your chlorine usage will reduce by up to 75% and you should only have to shock your hot tub once a month.

Atlanta Spa & Leisure is a full service supply store. We have all that you need to get the job done and specialized service technicians to help along the way. If you’re still not sure where to start, bring a water sample by the showroom and we’ll be glad to help.

Say No to Screens, Say Yes to Game Tables

Remember when you were a kid and your summer break was spent roaming the neighborhood, playing hide-n-seek or red-rover, building forts and imagining outlandish adventures? Or, as a teenager, when your summers were spent skating or swimming with your friends?

Those days are few and far between for today’s youth. Why? Because technology is the new normal. During the school year it’s a bit easier to limit screen time, but when those summer days kick in, there are groans of boredom mere minutes after they wake and, before you know it, the day is gone and their eyes have been transfixed on their tablet, phone or Netflix all day long (did they even eat?).

While we’re certainly all for a swimming pool if you don’t have one, there will be days that they don’t want to swim either (or simply can’t due to weather). A great way to keep them occupied and engaged is to add a game table to your home. Atlanta Spas offers a variety of game tables, any of which your kids would really enjoy.

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  • Pool Tables – Choose from traditional, elegant or even “hidden table” designs to fit your home’s design motif.
  • Shuffleboard Tables –Your kids may not know what Shuffleboard is, but you know that it’s great fun your whole family can enjoy. We have several variations to choose from.
  • Ping Pong Tables – Now, that’s more like it! Ping pong could easily become your children’s favorite past time if you added one to your home.
  • Foosball Tables – From traditional to modern styles, you’ll find a fun foosball table that not only keeps the kids occupied but looks great in your home.

The reality is, nothing will keep them off those screens forever. And the summer will be especially long if you don’t give them at least a little screen time. But, during the in-betweens, give them an option for something that requires them to interact with the rest of the family and have a good time together – give them a game table!

Sauna in the Summer Time

B840 Sauna Model Measurements: 56”d x 72”w x 77”h (60”d w/overhang) Electrical Requirements: Plug-in, 20 amp 120-volt outlet B-Series are standard Canadian Hemlock (Western Red Cedar available)

That sounds hot, doesn’t it? We get it – you may be wondering why someone would consider adding to the often uncomfortable summer heat by using a sauna. But here at Atlanta Spas, we can assure you that a sauna is enjoyable regardless of the time of year you’re using it.

Detox

Saunas are incredible for helping your body remove the toxins that our environment exposes us to. Just 15 to 20 minutes a day opens up the pores, allowing the infrared heat to penetrate deep into your skin and pull the toxins out as you sweat all the junk away. This, in turn, strengthens your immune system.

Weight Management

The heat of a sauna helps you to burn calories – you’re basically sweating them off. Follow a sauna session with a cool shower or swim. When you make this rapid change from hot to cold, your heart rate increases but up to 60%, which mimics the effects that a moderate workout has on the body.

Cardio Health

Speaking of cardio, daily use of a sauna also improves cardiovascular and respiratory function.  The heat of a sauna raises your core body temperature, which helps the blood vessels dilate, promoting better blood flow through the body (part of the reason a sauna helps with inflammation).

Joint & Muscle Pain

The heat also reduces inflammation in joints and muscles, helping to relieve everyday stress tension and aches, as well as chronic joint and muscle pain. High heat therapy also releases endorphins, which can distract from body soreness.

Sleep Better

Our body temperature decreases as we sleep and the body fully relaxes. When you do a sauna session right before bed and increase your body temperature, as you depart the sauna your body temperature decreases more rapidly. This helps you fall asleep faster and find a deeper sleep throughout the night.

While you may not think of a sauna as an enjoyable activity in the summer heat, it’s apparent that it can be a very beneficial and enjoyable experience, no matter what season you use it in.

Memorial Day Grilling on the Big Green Egg

It’s the official grilling holiday of the year! During Memorial Day weekend you can smell the charcoal wafting through practically every neighborhood. So we thought it would be a great idea to share some awesome Big Green Egg recipes with you that will get your mouth watering!

Want a juicy appetizer to start your Memorial Day festivities? Can’t go wrong with candied bacon!

Or maybe bacon-wrapped Fish and Shrimp Stuffed Jalapenos!

And if that’s not enough pork for you, then try these Triple Pork Burgers – a ground beef and pork burger stacked with bacon and ham!

Barbecue Chicken with Alabama White Barbecue Sauce is a great way to have juicy, tender chicken with a bit of a kick. And if you’d rather spatchcock the chicken so it stays even juicier, this video will help you get the cut right:

Use the fatty part of pork chops to create a yummy garlic butter coating for these Porterhouse Pork Chops with Pork Cracklings.

There’s nothing wrong with grilling up the traditional steak for the holiday weekend, either. And a New York Strip Steak cooked to perfection is our idea of Memorial Day goodness!

You’ve not had Cherry Pie for dessert until you’ve made it on the Big Green Egg! What a way to end a scrumptious holiday meal!

Looking to use your Big Green Egg the whole weekend? How about these Breakfast Fatties for the day after the crowd leaves (you’ve got to save one of the good ones just for yourself, right?)?

Memorial Day is a great opportunity to honor the veterans in your life and your community past and present. And one of our favorite ways to honor is with good food and fellowship. So enjoy!

Make Your Hot Tub Dreams Reality – Consider Financing

You’ve dreamed of owning a hot tub for so long — to end your day with a relaxing soak that washes away all of the tension and stress. You’re longing to get the health benefits of warm hydrotherapy, such as better sleep, cardiovascular health, reduced muscle and joint pain and much more.

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But saving up for a hot tub just seems to always get thwarted by unforeseen expenses (new tires, furnace breaks, a leaky water pipe, a kid who needs braces….). Listen, we get it. Like with any larger purchase, saving up for it can be daunting.

Have you ever considered financing your dream hot tub purchase? Did you even know that is an option? Well, at Atlanta Spa & Leisure, we offer financing to help make your backyard dreams come true!  And there are a number of financing options available to meet your needs. You can save up for a deposit on your hot tub to reduce your monthly payments through financing options. Or talk to us about financing your hot tub completely.

The biggest benefit of financing your hot tub is that you don’t have to wait. You don’t have to wait for pain relief. You don’t have to wait to get the rest and relaxation you desire so you can live a less stressful day-to-day life. You don’t have to wait to feel better.

Financing makes your dream hot tub affordable right now. And we’ll work with you to find the best model to fit your monthly budget, as well as your needs and desires for hot tub design and features. Applying is easy. Just give us a call or come by the showroom to get started.

We can hardly wait to help take you from hot tub dreams to hot tub reality.

 

You’ve Got Aches. You’ve Got Pains. You’ve Got Hot Tub Options.

What do you do if your body hurts? If your muscles are tight and achy? What do you do if you joints are stiff and inflamed? What do you do if aches and pains are the background music of your life?

Well, you could live with pain and accept that life hurts, like your grandpappy did when he lit up that gas-fired head lamp and headed into the coal mine every morning at 4 a.m. You could gobble up Advil and Tylenol the way Cookie Monster eats cookies. You could get a prescription to an opiate that makes your pain go away, but also makes you feel like you’re in a Pink Floyd song.

Or, you could get a spa.

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Aches and pains are part of life — sort of. They’re part of life, but they don’t have to be permanent or constant. Yes, you can drug most pain away — or you can soothe your pain away naturally with hydrotherapy.

Submerging yourself in hot, bubbly water fueled by pulsing, pounding jets feels so good on tender muscles and achy joints that your grandpappy would have probably paid a pence and a half just to experience it once. Then he would have gone to work even though he had cholera.

You, however, are lucky to live in the modern era, where you can invest in a magical box of rejuvenation and healing. Whether it’s a Master Spa or something from the Maax line, you can find the one, single hot tub that you were meant to soak in every day.

Once you find your spa soul mate (we’ll play matchmaker), you can soak before work to mentally prepare for the day ahead. You can soak when you get home to decompress and unwind. You can soak to get lost in 102-degree aqua heaven during a rejuvenating meditative session.

But most of all, you can melt away those aches and pains — for real. Hot tubs are healing machines. Your swollen joints, tight muscles, and strained neck and shoulders might join you in the hot tub, but when you get out, they stay behind.

Visit our Weekend Sale in the Showroom!

Come to our Doraville or Cumming showrooms this weekend to save thousands on a hot tub or swim spa!

Limited time factory closeout pricing on our in stock models – starting at $49.99 a month with financing! 

  • HUGE selection of Hot Tubs and Swim Spas on display.
  • Full service center, chemicals, filters and supplies on site.
  • Outdoor Patio Furniture, Umbrellas, Firepits, Gaming tables & Grills!

Claim your Coupon by printing this page OR show us this coupon on your phone – limit of one coupon per customer. Good Friday March 24-Sunday March 26th

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The Big Green Egg: A New Kind of Easter Egg

Easter is all about tradition. The good news is, the tradition is whatever you and your family say the tradition is. If your tradition is to cook a ham for Easter dinner, fantastic. If you celebrate by cooking a goose, that’s great, too. If you’re a family of vegetarians and your Easter dinner tradition involves seitan and tempeh, I’m down with all of it.

But why not cook your ham, your goose or even your veggies on a Big Green Egg instead of in the oven?

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Think about it for a  second.

First of all, a Sunday in the middle of April is the perfect time to barbecue, no matter the reason. Second, although grilling might feel a bit irreverent or informal given the weight of the occasion, consider two things. One, the holiday is all about breaking bread with loved ones, not the manner in which the bread is cooked. And two, you spent the morning watching your kids scavenge around the house for hidden rabbits made out of chocolate, so I think we’re way past irreverent.

Most importantly, however, your Easter ham, goose or tempeh is simply going to taste better on a Big Green Egg than on any other cooking medium in the known universe. That might sound like a brag, but it’s actually a fact.

The often-imitated Big Green Egg is not a grill; it’s a grill, an oven and a smoker in the same glorious Easter egg-shaped dome. Cooking slow, low and long is a beautiful thing in and of itself. But when you add moistened wood chips for your choice of natural smoke flavors, you’ve just reinvented Easter dinner.

There are added benefits like the fact that it’s safe to use and easy to clean. You can always talk about the lifetime guarantee Big Green Egg attaches to its space-age ceramic. There’s also the fact that you can use it year round.

Most importantly, however, is flavor. After the word gets out about the juicy, evenly cooked masterpiece you produce this year on that odd-looking culinary miracle you have out on your deck, you might start to notice your new tradition catching on in the neighborhood.