“I need a day at the spa.” It’s a common enough sentiment. After all, Americans are working longer hours at more stressful jobs. But what if you didn’t have a whole day to focus on your wellness? What if you could relax and unwind in the comfort and convenience of your own backyard?

The majority of people view their backyard as a place to entertain guest and dazzle neighbors. As fun as is to host the perfect cookout, you aren’t using the space to its full potential if that’s all you use it for!

By following these simple steps, you can transform your backyard into a soothing, relaxing environment to help you unwind from a stressful day at the office.

Step One: Shape your yard!

The first step to transforming your yard is to declutter it! Have you ever come home from a long day of work—or worse, a nice long vacation—to find you forgot to clean before you left? The same goes for your lawn-spa!

Practice good care for your yard, pool, and hot tub. Keeping them well trimmed, skimmed, and clean will mean less work you have to do when you are ready to unwind.

Step Two: Decorate!

Backyard spas aren't just about hot tubs and pools. Treat yourself to some comfy outdoor seating with plush pillows. And don’t forget about screen enclosures! Adding one of these handy safeguards means that even if it’s drizzling, you can still escape to your outdoors paradise for a little light summer reading.

Step Three: Fine Dining!

If you are feeling particularly luxurious, why not build yourself an outdoor kitchen! Aside from the simple advantage of not having to cook inside on a hot summer day, and outdoor kitchen can do wonders for your home spa. After all, you wouldn't want to leave the spa to stop off at home for supper. An open flame grill and a small fridge can keep you well fed and well relaxed on a hot summer night.

Step Four: Exercise!

Who says you need to go to the gym? Swimming is a great way to stay in shape, not only does it help with endurance and core strength, but it is also better cardio that running thanks to the water's resistance.

And once you’re done with your swim, you can cool down with some yoga on your freshly manicured spa. Just roll out your yoga mat!

Step Five: Relax!

After a long day of work, eating right and exercising, what’s better than a good soak in your own hot tub? After all, you've earned it.

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