AWARD LEISURE NEWS
As the situation with COVID-19 continues to rapidly change we would like to take this opportunity to thank our colleagues, customers and partners for their loyalty and support during this very challenging and uncertain time.
Your wellbeing continues to be our absolute priority and we have closely followed government guidance at every point. In line with the government’s decision to close all non-essential retail stores, our stores are now closed. Reopening dates to be confirmed as and when it is safe to do so.
Our UK stores are available for facetime (video) viewing of our Hot Tubs and Swim Spas. Chemicals can be ordered via; over the phone, online [Use voucher code PROMO10 and save 10%) or email. To contact your local store see below contact details:
Tel: 0121 389 2758
Buy Chemicals online: Call or email the store directly.
Tel: 01565 750 850
Buy Chemicals online: Call or email the store directly.
*During this period we are complying with the government guidelines.
We have also relocated all our key offices to home based / remote working capability and over the coming weeks will continue to support customers new and old as follows:
We are committed to making the right decisions in line with government guidance and will keep you updated as and when things change via email and our social channels .
For us, there is no better feeling than soaking in the Hot Tub in the crisp winter air – it’s so refreshing and relaxing at the same time! However, using your Hot Tub in the Winter is not for everyone, so we’re here to talk about winterising your Hot Tub!
Why Winterise your Hot Tub?
While hard-shell Hot Tubs can be used all year-round, some families prefer to keep their Hot Tub as a Summer-only activity. It’s not hard to see why some people choose this – you’re out in the garden more often in the Summer, kids are off school, the nights are longer… sounds great right?
If you’re not going to use your Hot Tub during the colder months, proper winterisation is vital. If you leave the water in over winter (this includes in the pipework), you’re leaving yourself open to a hefty repair bill in the Spring. Frozen water in the pipework will damage the internal plumbing!
How to Winterise your Hot Tub
Winterising your Hot Tub can be a risky game if you’re not 100% sure what you’re doing. If you don’t get all the water out, you’ll risk damaging the internal plumbing.
If you’re going to winterise your Hot Tub, we recommend getting a professional in to winterise your Hot Tub properly.
Should you Winterise your Hot Tub?
Coast Spas are Canadian-made Hot Tubs, that are designed to withstand the cold UK Winters while keeping running costs low. They are made to be left running all day, every day – even through winter!
If you’re leaving for an extended period over Winter (such as a few months) and cannot check on your Hot Tub, it is probably best to get it winterised.
Not winterising your Hot Tub also means you can use your Hot Tub whenever you want and even try soaking in the Winter – trust me, once you’ve tried it, you’ll use your Hot Tub more in the Winter than the Summer!
Most damage occurs to Hot Tubs from improper winterisation. While you can have a go at winterising your Hot Tub yourself, we recommend getting a professional winterisation and avoid an expensive repair. Or, skip the winterisation entirely and enjoy a relaxing Winter soak in your Hot Tub!
Log Cabins are great for expanding your living space into the garden, but can they be used all year round – especially in the darkest depths of a UK Winter?
There are investments and practices you can use to ensure your Log Cabin is just as warm and comfortable in the Winter as it is in the Summer.
The best way to keep heat in your cabin is with good-quality insulation. While the cabin walls tend to be thicker, the flooring and roof usually comes thinner. Insulating these is a great way to keep heat within the cabin on those dark Winter evenings.
You can also get varying sizes of log thickness – if you can, invest in a thicker log so your cabin will be stronger, more durable and retain as much heat as possible.
So now you’ve got insulation sorted to retain the heat in your cabin, you need something to generate it!
The easiest option for a log cabin is to install underfloor heating. They take up less space than a conventional heater and will heat at a considerably lower temperature – making it cheaper to run!
Electric heaters and radiators can be used to heat your cabin but may not be as cost-effective at heating the whole room.
If you prefer a more authentic look for your cabin, you can opt for a log burner! They can be pricey to set up but running costs are low – especially if you have access to free fuel! To keep you and your cabin safe, you should use a HETAS professional and install a carbon monoxide alarm.
Maintenance and Preparing for Winter
To ensure your garden cabin can stand the test of time and stay comfortable Winter after Winter, you need to look after it.
Regardless of whether your cabin is just for Summer or all-year-round use, you need to treat the wood. Treatment types vary in effectiveness, from water-based right through to pressure treatment. You should check every year whether you need to treat the cabin again and look out for rain damage or leaks.
Cabins are a great addition to any household, increasing your usable living space and property value. With a little prior planning and maintenance, you can equip your cabin to be the comfortable, homely space you dreamed of – even in the Winter!
Forget going through the hassle of advertising your Hot Tub and dealing with the endless timewasters – sell your Hot Tub quickly and easily with us!
Hot Tub Trade-In
Just like trading in your old car for a shiny new one, you can trade in your old Hot Tub for a newer model.
You can get up to £1,000 towards the value of your new Hot Tub, depending on the age and condition of your model!
Hot Tub Buy Back
If you no longer have time for your Hot Tub, or you inherited a spa with a new house and want the space back, our Hot Tub Buy Back scheme can be the perfect solution for you. Depending on the age and condition of your spa, we can offer you a guaranteed minimum of £500 for your old Hot Tub!
Hot Tub Disposal
Old and broken Hot Tubs are no good to anyone. We can remove and dispose of your Hot Tub safely and hassle free!
All you have to do is fill out our online form, and a member of our dedicated service team will be in touch with you to arrange collection.
Getting rid of your old Hot Tub doesn’t have to be stressful, let the professionals do it for you! With dedicated Hot Tub removal equipment and fully trained expert engineers, we (literally!) do all the heavy lifting for you, so you can enjoy the extra space in your garden or your shiny new Hot Tub!
Hot Yoga is popular over in the US and Canada, but is it as effective as people think it is? We’re talking about using your sauna as a Hot Yoga studio!
What is Hot Yoga?
Hot yoga is exactly that: yoga that takes place in a hot room, such as a sauna. By performing the same yoga moves in a hot room, your muscles require less warm-up, and you can get a deeper stretch.
While Hot Yoga can be beneficial to some, it can also be extremely dangerous to others.
Benefits of Hot Yoga
Heavy sweating is said to help flush toxins from your skin, but this is a little misleading. The way our bodies detoxify is mainly through our kidney and liver – meaning you’re not really sweating out toxins from your skin. Instead, you’re mostly sweating out water, electrolytes and some urea. However, sweating more makes you drink more water, which boosts your overall metabolism to make you urinate more, therefore flushing out your kidneys and liver.
Hot Yoga warms up your muscles, meaning you need less time to warmup. This allows you to go more deeply into each Yoga position.
If you’re looking for a more intense workout, Hot Yoga may be for you. The heated room elevates the heart rate, making the body work harder.
Precautions with Hot Yoga
There are a lot of risks involved with Hot Yoga, just like there are with using a sauna. Follow the guidelines, use your common sense and stop when you don’t feel right.
- Be prepared: Don’t eat a huge meal before the session, but don’t go in on an empty stomach. Make sure you drink a lot of water before your session and bring in enough water to get you through the whole thing. If you’re not feeling 100% beforehand, give it a miss until next time.
- Proper aftercare: The risks don’t stop once you’ve stepped out of the sauna. Ensure you drink a fortified drink such as Lucozade or coconut water to replace electrolytes and take a cold shower to bring your body temperature down.
- Be cautious about pre-existing conditions: If you have any conditions, especially cardiovascular or respiratory conditions you should consult a doctor before going to a Hot Yoga session.
- Don’t overstretch: In the heat, you lose the ability to know where your muscle’s end point is, meaning you overstretch. This could cause you to tear muscle fibres, leading to a strain.
- Know your limits: Don’t try and soldier on in the heat. If you feel unwell, leave the room. If you’ve not done yoga for a while, you are going to want to ease yourself into it, especially with how easy it is to overstretch.
Hot Yoga may be growing in popularity but there are a lot of risks associated with it. If you think you’re ready for a more intense yoga session, you can transform your sauna into the perfect Hot Yoga studio just by turning the temperature down and rearranging bench tiers. See the full range of saunas available online or Download a Free Brochure!