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Hot tub will heal you

Know how you’ve been thinking about getting that hot tub?

Well, stop thinking about it and go get one, because hot tubs are not only fun and a great place to gather with friends and family, but they are also good for your health.

In fact, there are many reasons why hot tubs are good for your health. The technical term for it is hydrotherapy, which is why you should run—not walk—to Valley Pool and Spa to find the hot tub that is right for you.

1. Lower blood pressure
You know those warning signs that say people with heart disease and hypertension should check with their doctor before entering a hot tub? Well, that is not supported by any research. In fact, studies have shown that soaking in a hot tub drops your blood pressure.

2. Improved circulation
Hot tubs help with this because hot water causes your temperature to rise, which dilates the blood vessels. That improved circulation speeds healing, eases tension on the heart and breathes life into tired muscles.

3. Improved sleep habits
Everyone knows the dangers of not enough sleep. Your body temperature drops slightly at night, which can keep some people awake longer. So soaking in hot water for a half hour and raising your body temperature will help your body relax and make it easier for you to fall asleep.

4. Stress relief
Dr. Bruce Becker says that immersing your body in the water at 102 F or more helps your autonomic nervous system fall into balance quickly. And this is what helps your body adjust to various situations and remain calm.

5. Mental clarity
That’s right, folks. Being in a hot tub makes you smarter. That’s because the improved circulation results in increased blood flow to the brain, which improves cognitive functions.

6. Headaches
Hydrotherapy induces sleep and relaxes your muscles, so it will alleviate a lot of the tension that could be causing the headache. For even faster relief, try putting a cold towel on the back of your neck while soaking in your hot tub.

7. Arthritis
Soaking in hot water loosens up the joints by reducing the force of gravity that’s compressing the joint, and it supports your limbs, reduces inflammation and increases circulation, according to Westbank's Dr. Richard Blakemore.

8. Fibromyalgia
It increases the blood flow to stiff joints and tight muscles, loosening the tension that causes pain. It also reduces a lot of the inflammation that is causing pressure on your muscles and joints.

9. Joint pain
Joint pain is most commonly caused by arthritis, but not always. Warm water therapy can work wonders by easing inflammation, cushioning your limbs with water support and increasing circulation.

10. Back pain
According to Spine Health, soaking in a hot tub has a way of stopping the pain messages your body is sending to your brain and stimulating your circulation to speed up healing. It also relaxes your muscles and eases the tension that can cause that tight, achy feeling.

11. Muscle pain
Your back muscles aren’t the only ones that can get tight and cause pain. Leg cramps and body aches can sneak up on you for all kinds of reasons. And the increased circulation a hot tub causes will help with all of it.

12. PMS cramps
“Heat brings blood flow to your pelvic area, and that helps relax the muscles causing cramps in the first place,” New York OB-GYN Alyssa Dweck says. Not only that, but raising your body temperature and causing yourself to sweat can cause your body to release feel-good endorphins that are better than any pain medication.

13. Skin health
Hot water and steam has long been a treatment for skin because it opens up the pores and allows you to wash away any impurities that may be lurking there. Not to mention the fact that perspiration also helps with detoxing. It also increases your circulation, which is excellent for elasticity.

14. Hair growth
Increased blood flow will help it reach the hair follicles and rejuvenate them, although you should make sure to condition your hair after chlorine contact.

15. Weight loss
Believe it or not, sitting in a hot tub actually burns calories. A person weighing 150 pounds would burn almost 70 calories in an hour.

16. Decreased diabetic symptoms
Some studies show that soaking in a hot tub can help lower blood sugar levels, decreasing diabetic symptoms. It's unclear exactly why this works, but improving sleep, losing weight and reducing stress can have positive effects on blood sugar levels as well.

17. Healing from injuries
Professional athletes go from the cold tub to the hot tub to recover from physical wear and tear, because it speeds up the blood flow to the rest of the body. If you have the resources to do this and the physician approval, then, by all means, give it a shot.

18. Improved kidney function
Studies done by Dr. Becker suggest that kidney function can be improved in warm water immersion therapy. It’s possible that edemas can be reduced and renal function improved.

19. Respiratory system benefits
The compression on the chest along with the flow of the blood supply to the lungs seems to have a positive effect on breathing and lung functions.

20. Better bone health
Blood flow is absolutely vital to bone health and repair, and regular hot tub usage can help with that.


Perfect for family getaways

Baldy Resort is the perfect place to take the family for a winter getaway.

The vacation hot spot, which is located about an hour’s drive northeast of Osoyoos, is affordable, the slopes are not too overwhelming for young skiers, and it always has plenty of fresh powder.

“It’s a family mountain,” Destination Osoyoos executive director Kelley Glazer says. “It’s a smaller area. It’s affordable. It’s much less expensive than some of the other ski areas in the South Okanagan. The room rates that we have available in the winter time are also much more affordable.”

To celebrate their wondrous winter wonderland, Destination Osoyoos and Mount Baldy have teamed up on a ski and stay adventure promotion. They are giving away four prize packages, and each one is worth a night’s accommodation in beautiful Osoyoos and two Baldy lift tickets.

“The promotion is all about families, and we’re targeting family weekends, but in particular the Family Day weekend, which coincides with President’s Day weekend,” Glazer says. “So we’re hoping to attract some U.S. traffic. We have the best value for ski and stay in the South Okanagan Valley.”

Glazer added that Mount Baldy has no lift lineups and the size and friendliness of the mountain “really add to the family experience.”

And that’s not all.

“We have a lot of snowbirds in the area at this time of year, so it’s a good alternative activity for snowbirds because it also offers cross-country skiing and snowshoe trails,” Glazer said.

The Okanagan is known for its terrific winter weather, but it’s even better in the southern part of the valley. Osoyoos will often have outdoor or recreational opportunities that few other Canadian cities can offer at this time of year. Destination Osoyoos is the best resource for finding out what to see, do and experience while visiting Osoyoos.

At Baldy there is tobogganing every Saturday from 3:30 to 5 p.m., featuring a fire pit, hot chocolate and the Magic Carpet to haul people and sleds to the top. It's all the fun of sledding from your childhood with none of the walking. The Family Day weekend is also chock full of events, including helicopter rides on Saturday, Feb. 16 and a pig roast on Monday, Feb. 18 at 12:30 p.m. in the Baldy Cafe.

“We have the slightly better weather than anywhere else, even Penticton,” Glazer says. “We don’t get the snow and the cold. We’re always a few degrees warmer in the summer as well as the winter. Our golf course stays open until the early part of November and opens again in February, so all of those types of things that come along with being the warmest place in Canada includes a much nicer winter experience—and not very far to go before you get into the snow and the activities that you want.”

This could be your Mission

Available lots in Kelowna’s Lower Mission are few and far between, especially affordable ones.

In fact, there were a grand total of four sold in the neighbourhood all of last year.

That is what makes The Orchard in the Mission so unique. It is a chance for you to build a new home in one of Kelowna’s most desirable neighbourhoods.

“I don’t know of any other land that’s available to develop in the Lower Mission that’s not in the ALR,” Re/Max real estate agent Jesse East says.

The Orchard, which will consist of 103 single-family lots just off DeHart Road near Gordon Drive, will start selling on Monday morning. It is located only two blocks from Dorothea Walker Elementary and is within walking distance of Capital News Centre, H2O Centre and Mission Creek Greenway.

The prices start at $299,900, and buyers are not locked into using builders determined by the project’s developers.

“The public can bring their own builders,” East says. “There are a few that are familiar with the project and we’ve been working closely with that would be happy to work with buyers who don’t have a builder.

“The building scheme allows for a nice variety of home styles, but homes will still need to meet the architectural approval process."

Aside from being close to recreational opportunities like Okanagan Lake and H2O Centre, there will also be two parks located in The Orchard neighbourhood. It promises to be a peaceful neighbourhood, surrounded by ALR on two sides and with a beautiful landscaping plan.

The first phase of lots should be prepared for construction this summer, with the second and third phases being delivered in the coming 12 to 18 months.

The lots will range from 4,500 square feet to 26,500 square feet, which means there will be something for everyone looking to live in the middle of it all.


Here's an Ideal giveaway

Staying comfortable in your own home shouldn’t be considered a luxury.

Unfortunately, this is the case for many families who struggle to keep up with their utility bills due to running inefficient and outdated systems. That gave Penticton’s Ideal Energy Solutions an idea this holiday season.

The heating and cooling company is giving the gift of warmth this winter by installing a new ductless heating and cooling system for a household that may be experiencing tough financial times and who could really benefit from one.

“We are a family-owned and operated business, and strongly believe in the importance of giving back to our community,” Ideal’s marketing director, Ashley Palmer, says. “Not only will this new system provide comfort in a family’s home, but it will also significantly reduce their monthly utility bill.”

Anyone who lives in Ideal’s service area—from West Kelowna to Osoyoos—is eligible to win the system. All you have to do is tell Ideal why you or someone else deserves it through either a written or video proposal.

“I’m grateful to be able to provide comfort to my family, but I realize the struggles that many go through this time of year so I’m excited to have the resources to do this giveaway,” Ideal owner Steve Dahl said. “My business has always been about creating relationships, and a lot of the work we have done this year comes from client referrals which we are so grateful for. It means a lot to me, and my employees, to give back and bring a little extra comfort to a household who may be in need.”

The winner will be announced on Christmas Eve, and the new system will be installed in the new year.

Click this link to nominate yourself or someone else.

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