Winter is upon us, and residents of places where winter can get really harsh often have mixed emotions about the season. Writer Brenda O’Farrell is one such resident, and she muses on what she loves and hates about the season in an article for West Island Gazette. She lists down the top five things she dislikes about winter, which include:

Winter1. It’s cold. Is it me, or does the wind feel harsher?

2. It’s a lot of work. What ever happened to kids in the neighbourhood going around asking to shovel your driveway or walkway for a few bucks?

She then writes about the top five things she likes about the season, the first two of which are as follows:

1. The look of everything after a snowfall. People downtown never experience the crisp, clean appearance that blankets your surrounding following a storm.

2. Hot tubs. There nothing quite like having a hot tub in winter. It’s invigorating and relaxing all at the same time.

Winters in Vancouver, BC can bring all the things that Ms. O’Farrell loves and hates about the season – that fresh crispness of the air after a snowfall, accompanied by extreme cold temperatures, as well as snowy roads and driveways that take extra effort to navigate and clear. Ms. O’Farrell cites hot tubs as one of the things she looks forward to in winter. Indeed, after a day’s worth of overcoming the challenges winter weather brings, or even a vigorous workout at the ski slopes or skating rink, long, hot sessions in hot tubs in Vancouver homes may just be what locals need to feel invigorated and relaxed. Sharing a hot tub with family and friends in the comfort of one’s home can even turn the experience into a gathering where ties and bonds are strengthened.

A hot tub with the right functions can provide good therapy for stress. Hot tubs for Vancouver, BC homes, such as those offered by reliable companies like H2O Spas, can come with massage functions known to soothe tired muscles which could especially be aggravated by the cold of winter. These features, accompanied by the heat of the water, can also provide relief for symptoms of arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Additionally, a hot tub session can improve blood circulation, something the body needs to combat the effects of the winter chill.

(Article excerpt and image from Are You Ready for Winter?, West Island Gazette, November 27, 2013)

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