Best Inflatable Hot Tub under £300

An inflatable hot tub provides a lot of fun because it can be excellent for relaxation and also to relieve some of the stress that leads to a sore back, neck and sore muscles in general. In addition to this, it can also be perfect for socializing when you are having a get-together.

In this market, it is fairly simple to overpay for a particular gadget. Sometimes it’s not even a case of overpaying by 10-15% because some people overpay by 3 or 4 times. This can also be the case if you are planning on buying an inflatable spa.

Any product like this can be quite costly but if you have really thought everything through then you don’t really need to spend over the top. There are several places where you can buy this product but to save as much money as possible, you should always try and read inflatable hot tub reviews. This product will provide a near identical spa experience and with lots of extra benefits. However, you shouldn’t just walk into a store and spontaneously buy something like this because this would be considered as impulse buying. At the end of the day, you should always find a lot more information about something as expensive as this before being satisfied enough to buy it.

Even inflatable spas can be expensive and cost over £500 but if you look hard enough, you can find a couple of decent products within the £300 budget range. These might not necessarily be as good as the £500 product but they will be bought to do the same thing and they do roughly provide the same relaxing experience. So is there a high quality inflatable hot tub that will warrant less than £300?

In fairness there aren’t many spas within this price range and if you want to buy the highest quality then you should be prepared to spend a little bit more. However, there are one or two inflatable spas that will be a worthwhile purchase as they do provide great quality while costing less than £300. The Lay-Z Spa is quite a famous company and their Miami inflatable spa is one of the most affordable spas available these days. Just because it is affordable, it doesn’t mean that it won’t provide good quality. We don’t often connect low price with great quality and to be honest, with most things, you do tend to get what you pay for. But with this inflatable spa, you are still paying a decent amount of money and despite the fact that it is one of the cheapest inflatable hot tubs around, it definitely provides everything that will allow it to excel when used as an inflatable spa.

The Lay-Z Spa Inflatable Hot Tub is one of the best products you can buy.

I must admit, the Lay-Z spa Miami is one of the better looking tubs but the only bad thing about it is that it will only be able to hold a maximum of 4 people. The size only allows a capacity of two to four people but again, this is something that you should expect when buying inflatable hot tubs at this price. Other than that, there isn’t a lot of difference between the Miami and other more expensive hot tubs. They are all very easy to assemble and set up for use. They all look good and come with full instructions as to how they should be used. Obviously, the more you pay, the better performance you can expect but again, the Miami is absolutely fantastic in terms of this aspect considering the total price that you’ll be paying.

The good thing is that it will definitely give you that relaxation aspect without you having to spend over the top. This is probably what makes the Lay-Z spa Miami the best inflatable hot tub under £300. There are one or two other spas within this price range but the Miami spa is probably the best when it comes to price and performance combination.

Recovery Is MORE Important Than Training

Given that it is Sunday and most of us runners have gotten our long runs in either today or yesterday, I thought a blog about recovery would be fitting to help us all get ready for the work week and most importantly, our next workout. Almost every athlete I know (including myself) has at one point in their life focused so much on training alone that they either get burned out, hit a plateau or worst of all, get injured. They could avoid all these hard lessons by incorporating as much energy or more into recovery as they do training. Think of your recovery as part of your training and you will find success.

After a long run or a particularly tough workout, there can be stiffness for the next day or two, and the next run can feel like heavy-legged. These effects are often accepted as a required part of training, but with a good post-run recovery program they can be tempered, and you might be vary surprised how soon your legs start feeling fresh again. My opinion is that recovery is just as important if not more so than training because without recovery you cannot improve your fitness much less continue to train and you may even become injured if you ignore recovery.

One important thing to bear in mind is that the race warm down should begin even before you reach the finishing point of your run. Use the last ten minutes to slow it right down to a steady jog, going down to a walk in the last five minutes. Lactic acid is built up in the muscle, which leads to the after-race discomfort.

The cold-water bath has been made famous in recent years as a result of its use by the marathoner Paula Radcliffe, and world-class athletes in many sporting disciplines now use it. Ice packs will also speed up recovery and are best if used immediately and within 24 hours of exercise. The next step is to give your legs a light massage using some massage oil (or olive oil if you have nothing else). This helps to restore the circulation and expel any toxins from the system.

Start with your feet first and work your way up the legs, directing the massage strokes away from the feet towards the heart. The after-race stretching you can do either before or after the massage – try to keep any serious stretching until fifteen or twenty minutes after the run, as your legs are understandably a little sensitive to sudden stresses. After massage and stretching, one very nice thing to do is a leg drain, where you lie on a floor and place your feet on a nearby wall. This elevates the legs, allowing the blood and gunk that you just expelled from your muscles as a result of your cold bath to drain away from your legs and get replaced by fresh blood.

Raw Honey is a Secret Weapon of Athletes!

The following article talks about the benefits of raw, unpasteurised, unfiltered honey for athletes.

It is great for pre-workout fuel, workout performance and post-workout recovery.

I remember years ago hearing about how Mohammed Ali credited raw honey as his secret weapon which allowed him to “float like a butterfly and sting like a bee” in the boxing ring.

It has been used for thousands of years as a healing aid externally on wounds.

Athletes have used it as an all-natural energy gel that can be mixed with espresso to include caffeine.

It also is an ideal source of natural, long-chain glycogen/sugar that doesn’t spike your blood sugar levels.

Finally it is a great way to get local pollen to prevent allergies (as long as you buy locally-harvested/wildcrafted raw honey).

Honey truly is a miraculous super food for athletes and I have been using it in my training for the last 3-4 years.

Sometimes if I am feeling low-sugar or low on my carbs before a run, I will simple eat a few tablespoons.

This article talks about how if you eat a tablespoon before bed it will increase fat burning and recovery from exercise.

What are your favourite ways to use honey? Have you ever tried raw honey?

It is more expensive but it is far superior to cooked honey as anything heated above 118 degrees F destroys important enzymes, vitamins and other compounds in raw food.

Raw honey is dark and ideally you consume raw honey harvested within 50-100 miles of your home to get local pollen in small doses, which over time can prevent and even help alleviate allergies from pollen.

If there is one piece of advice that I’d give, it would be to run well, eat well, and live well because a sound body produces a sound mind and as athletes there is always good, better and best when it comes to health and nutrition. Choose the best fuel for your temple! You are what you eat.

Anyway, I’ve included a link to the article below. Have a look at it and let me know your thoughts in the comments. On another note, please let me know what other things you would like to have featured on this blog and also feel free to share your own health, nutrition and exercise secrets/tips!

Resources:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/8911588/Olympic-canoeists-introduce-honey-to-diet-to-boost-recovery.html

Running on Empty

Sometimes, I am incredibly motivated to run. These are the magical weeks where I always feel like I’m flying. The runs soothe my soul, and I always feel eager to conquer the world afterwards.

Well, maybe I’m not ready for world conquest, so to speak.

It's always good to get some motivation when you don't feel like going for a run.

But couch conquest, YES. There is a lot of trashy TV currently on some of my favourite channels. I dominate with the best of them, especially after a good sweaty run.

Like I was saying, these are the times when running is great.

Then, there are the weeks where running is just NOT happening for reasons I can acknowledge but don’t really understand. It’s like those puzzles that you think are going to fit together, but then it turns out there are puzzle pieces missing (probably wedged under a couch cushion or something) as you’re attempting it. You know it should fit together! You’ve seen it fit together before! But this time, it just isn’t working.

That’s me this week.

Work is SUPER crazy because all the high school seniors I work with are graduating, and it’s all kinds of madness trying to get all there ducks in a row before sending them off into the “real world.” Hey there, stressful times!

One of my eyeballs has randomly decided to turn red and angry on one corner and it kind of hurts, and it makes me not want to wear my contacts. Let’s be real here; who wants to run with their glasses on? It’s not fun, and I always feel like they’re going to slip off of my face mid-run, leaving me stranded and blind in the middle of some random trail.

Also, I should mention that my entire body has been INSANELY sore from this fitness dance class I started doing after buying a coupon for the classes through Living Social. The workout from the class is amazing and SO much fun, but it’s also awakened new muscles that I didn’t realise existed. And by awakened, I mean, it’s knocked them out for the count.

I could barely move all of last week! Honestly, whenever I stood up or sat down, I involuntarily made strange grunting sounds because it hurt so bad! Bottom line: Dancers have got my respect.

Okay, so with that said, I need some running inspiration, especially considering that I have another half marathon looming in a few weeks (amazing how good I am at forgetting these things). I need to get my running groove on and ASAP! So, if anyone has any inspirational quotes from famous runners that they love, please do share. I need all the inspiration I can get!

Thoughts on My Workouts

How is it already Tuesday again? Thankfully I survived even though it was quite a long day at work. It is definitely going to take me a while to get used to this new schedule!

I woke up bright and early to head out for a run before work. Though waking up so early does leave me pretty tired right about now, I would much rather come home and crash in bed rather than put on my workout clothes. This morning I did 5.25 miles in about 42 minutes, so around 8 minute pace! I felt pretty good throughout the run, but my legs were definitely tired after yesterday, and my long run on Saturday. Truthfully, I feel like I’ve fallen into a complete workout rut. Though I’m glad I’m able to still fit in some exercise everyday and have had some great runs lately, I really don’t feel like I’m challenging myself whatsoever.

Running 5 miles at a comfortable pace routinely is not ideal. The problem is, it’s what is easiest, and most comfortable for me. I love strength training and circuit workouts but running is what is most comfortable to me, and being able to just lace up my sneakers and head out the door is definitely much easier than trying to squeeze a session in at the gym, planning workouts etc. I always promise myself in the morning that when I get home from work I’m going to do abs/strength. But does that happen? No – the couch has been prevailing every time.

My goal is to be able to spend at least 20 minutes a day planning a workout for the next day, and testing out new things to see what works for me. I know that logging in a bunch of miles a week is definitely great for my body – but it also gets pretty boring and monotonous after a while, and I miss my old workouts! I think tomorrow will be a great start by going to 6am Body Pump, and hopefully I can continue this trend over the next couple of days and through the summer. But running definitely isn’t going anywhere, not to worry, pretty sure I could never give it up! What workouts do you normally gravitate towards? Do you find yourself in a rut sometimes too?

Post workout breakfast was enjoyed en route to work this morning. This morning, I topped up my Banana Peanut Butter Green Monsters with Peanut Butter Cheerios!

Taking pics of my meals is much harder than I expected since I’m usually eating in a hurry/don’t want my coworkers to think I’m nuts. My morning snack was about 500 delicious cherries. I had completely forgot about the whole “you have to spit out the pit” thing and felt like a hick spitting out sunflower seeds at my desk. Completely gross and I tried to be as discrete as possible.

Lunch was leftovers from last night dinner – I prepped some quinoa cooked with a vegetable bouillon cube for some added flavour! On the side I sauteed a mixture of zucchini, squash, red pepper, onions and green beans and mixed them into the quinoa. So simple and I still have more after last night and today’s lunch, total win!

I did manage to snap a picture of my afternoon snack: plain greek yoghurt topped with berries + chia seeds. It kept me perfectly full through the afternoon.

Running My First 5K

This past weekend I ran my very first 5k. I am so glad I finally went through with my goal of running a race! Next on the list is conquering a half marathon. I am definitely intimidated by this goal, but I know I can do it.

The morning of the race, I was so excited. I got up early and had a good breakfast (oatmeal and a banana). It was dark and rainy outside, but that was not bringing me down. I have never been so cheery at 7 in the morning!

I've included some tips for running your first 5K.

We got to the race location and checked in. I could not stand still, I was so ready to run! Once the race started, I got into the groove pretty quickly. I started running at a comfortable pace, and about a half mile in started picking it up. The rain started coming down at this point, but it was actually a motivation to keep going!

During the second mile, I saw my cousins cheering on the side of the road, and it gave me the boost I needed to finish the race. I was starting to feel fatigued because I had been running at a quicker pace than I normally do. All I kept thinking about was the finish line. Running is definitely a mental battle, and it’s important to think positive thoughts throughout the run.

I reached the final stretch of the race and despite feeling really tired, I stepped it up a notch. I passed a few people, and even a little girl, before finally crossing the finish line. Hearing people cheer me on as I finished the race was such a great feeling. I was completely wiped out, but so proud of myself for finally accomplishing this goal.

My time was 25:30 which I was very pleased with. I came in first for my age group and won a gift card to a local restaurant! I exceeded my expectations for my first race, and I can’t wait for the next one.

Are E-books taking over the Traditional Paperback?

Most holidaymakers enjoy reading a book whilst they are away enjoying the delights of the warm weather and beautiful beaches. There comes a time when buying a book or two for holiday reading becomes a frustration. Attempting to cram hardback books into your suitcase is an all too common mistake.

With airlines employing baggage weight allowances it is quite often difficult to judge how heavy you case is and books always get the blame. With the surge of electronic e-book reader, is the traditional paperback novel going out of fashion with the typical holidaymaker?

There has always been a great debate about e-books vs. paperbacks.

Convenience

The e-book reader is perfectly suited to the annual family holiday due to its simplicity, lightweight qualities and its portability whilst abroad. If you have a delayed flight then this is the perfect device to entertain your boredom and it allows you to flick from one book to the next.

Weight Restrictions

Books can add a surprising amount of weight onto luggage case limits. Taking several novels in one case can make a case bulge so make sure to only carry a set amount or invest in an e-reader.

This nifty device takes up only a fraction of space and can easily be laid flat on top or underneath your contents. For fast readers this is the perfect device that allows multiple books in one so you won’t run out whilst you are travelling.

Variety

Whether it’s an autobiography, classic novel, thriller or a travel guide you want to browse, all you be stored and viewed at your fingertips. With this highly accessible experience comes quick downloads and extra device features.

Taking a variety of traditional books can be difficult due to a lack of luggage room however an e-book reader provides choice for your mood.

Cost Comparison

Although it may be a significant purchase, the cost benefits of an e-book reader are incredibly clear. As a one-off purchase the e-books are far cheaper than a traditional book and they are in digital format so they can never be damaged.

The Reading Revolution

The e-reader has certainly revolutionised reading and allowed for the past time to be brought into the 21st century. Although some may say that the traditional book is dying out, practicality and accessibility is essential for any traveller and holiday maker making it a great product for the lazy days around the pool or on the beach.