How many times have you heard, or even said yourself, “New Year, New Me”? The ringing in of a new year often brings many people making their resolutions to become a newer and better version of themselves when the clock strikes midnight. So let’s start 2021 not with lofty goals of a complete self overhaul, but with a few reminders of ways to be kind to yourself. This is a bit different from simply making New Year resolutions that won’t make it past mid-January. It’s about considering wellness as a gateway to fulfillment. 

Sustainable wellness is the kind that is achieved through long-standing personal change and devotion; it’s about figuring out what constitutes a healthy and happy lifestyle for you and going for it. Beyond going to the gym and buying the newest trendy cookbook, we’ve got something that will help you achieve your health and wellness goals for the New Year. 

The secret to maximizing the efforts you put in for a long term, fresh start? Your pool and spa! Below are just a few tips to help you improve your health and wellness throughout the year ahead. 

You can join a gym, but sadly not even a gym membership is enough to keep you motivated. Or at least, it isn’t for most people. As it turns out, 82% of gym members only go to the gym once a week, while 63% of memberships end up going unused. A 2018 survey even showed just how much money has been wasted by Americans who don’t use their gym memberships – a whopping $1.8 billion. 

Don’t be another statistic. Make exercise and working out work out for you. Take advantage of that beautiful pool you have in your backyard and go swimming. Even better, once you’re done with your workout, turn on the spa jets and go in for a soak. The warm water will relax you so much, while the jets help with muscle recovery. 

Get Some Shut-Eye
Adults need about 8 hours of sleep a night to thrive, which doesn’t include a restless night of sleep. Sound sleep is what helps the body feel refreshed. Soak in your spa about 30 minutes before bed to get the best sleep of your life. You’ll wake up feeling refreshed and ready to take on the world. Want to make it even more soothing? Add some aromatherapy to the water and you’re sure to fall into a deep sleep you’ve been longing for. 

Whether you’re aware of this or not, your body is exposed to numerous toxins throughout the day. A lot of the everyday items we use have chemicals in them that can be harmful to the body through continual exposure. The heat and warmth of your spa creates a relaxing environment and causes you to sweat quite a bit, which allows your body to get rid of some of these toxins. This detoxification process rejuvenates your body and helps you with your wellness journey.

If there’s one thing the past year has taught us, it’s that to survive hard times, we must take care of our mental health. Making time for meditation throughout your day will help you get more in tune with yourself and put you in a better frame of mind to take on the day ahead. When enjoying your spa surrounded by nature be sure to take a few minutes to hone in on the sights, smells and sounds of nature and realign your inner self. 

Stay Hydrated
Proper hydration is such an integral part of good health. According to the Mayo Clinic, men should be consuming 15.5 cups of fluids a day, while women should consume 11.5 cups. Dehydration can result in fatigue, headaches, and other discomforts, which can hinder you from getting done everything you need to throughout the day, or at least cause you to feel crummy while you are trying to accomplish the tasks at hand. If you are able to soak in your spa be sure you’re consuming enough water while doing so.

Today is the perfect day to commit to a new start wherever you are. There’s so much promise and potential in 2021, and at Hamlin Pools we’re ready to help you live life to the fullest. Stop by our store in Pharr to speak with one of our expert pool builders to learn more about how we can give you everything you need for your own personal wellness retreat. 


Since 1952, Hamlin Pools has been a family-owned and operated pool company serving the Rio Grande Valley, including McAllen, Mission, Brownsville, Harlingen, South Padre Island, and Corpus Christi. Hamlin Pools is the largest pool builder south of San Antonio and is proud to have built nearly 4,000 swimming pools for its customers. 

Hamlin Pools is an industry leader combining innovative designs with construction know-how. Through an extensive network built over the past 5 decades of building swimming pools in the Rio Grande Valley, Hamlin Pools has the ability to deliver a better pool at a better price. Hamlin Pools also does pool renovations, pool remodels, outdoor living, custom outdoor kitchens, weekly pool maintenance, pool equipment repair, pool chemical retail sales, and commercial pool construction. 

Hamlin Pools, with its main office Pharr, has received numerous awards for pool design and construction and are members of every major industry group dedicated to upholding high pool construction and service standards. Contact them today about building the backyard of your dreams.