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10 Pointers on Picking Perfect Poolside Plants

From PoolPricer.com

It's an easy choice to overlook, or to not take very seriously:  What kind of plants, foliage and trees should be planted immediately around and near my swimming pool.  Those that make this mistake, however, could be dealing with a nuiscance for many years to come.  When leaves, fruit, nuts or flowers are clogging the skimmers and the main drain, there are potentiall catastrophic consequences to a filtration system, not to mention the additional time and effort it takes to clean the pool for your family and guests.  Additionally, says this post from Pool Pricer, plants can wither with the increased heat of a pool deck and water, die from chlorine splash, damage equipment from invasive roots, and present many more pitfalls that need to be considered.

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 Installation may absorb the lion's share of your energy and budget, but in the end, it's often the little things that make or break a swimming pool. If you're spending thousands – or more likely, tens of thousands – to build the perfect pool, you should take the time to nail the smaller details such as landscaping. That includes choosing the right trees and plants to complement your pool.

It goes without saying that you should choose vegetation that looks nice and grows well in your area. However, there are a few other considerations that might not be so obvious to a first time pool owner. Here are 10 things to look for (or avoid) when deciding which plants should go around your pool.

1. Look for plants that make your pool pop

In all likelihood, your pool is the centerpiece of your yard. Choose plants that frame and draw attention to your pool with complementary colors and shapes. For the "stay-cation" effect, consider tropical plants like hibiscus or birds of paradise.

2. Choose plants that can take the heat

Your pool and the surrounding deck reflect the sun's heat, making the area abnormally hot. Plants that might thrive in other parts of your yard can wither when placed poolside.

3. Avoid plants that litter

Many plants drop leaves, fruit, nuts, or flowers that can clog skimmers and generally clutter up your pool. Avoid these plants, along with any others that require a lot of maintenance. You should spend most of your time relaxing in your pool area, not maintaining it.

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Tuesday, 16 September 2014 08:53

Swimming Has Many Hidden Benefits

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Fitness Benefits of Swimming

From Fitness Republic

Most people realize that swimming is a very beneficial exercise.  The buoyancy of the water isn't hard on joints and bones, and the exercise provides dynamic resistance for all of the muscle groups.  What most people proably don't consciously know, as this post from Fitness Republic points out, is that swimming does so many positive things for one's body that it might be the best kept secret in the exercise world.

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Taking to the water can have more benefits than you may have fathomed! The benefits of swimming are numerous, making swimming for fitness an ideal workout! Here are some of the top notch benefits of swimming and reasons why it should be on your list of workouts to plunge into to attain a more fit body and live a healthier life!

Benefit of Swimming # 1:

Reduced Diabetes Risk

One of the most sought after benefits of swimming can be the ability it holds to lower risk of developing diabetes. Generally, when it comes to lowering the chances of diabetes, there are few tactics that can be as effective as aerobics exercises to do the magic. Just 30 minutes of swimming breast stroke style, can help you burn as many as 900 calories, lowering the risk of contracting diabetes by a whopping 10 percent! Furthermore, if you already suffer from type 1 diabetes, the benefits of swimming can approach you still as swimming has the impact of increasing insulin sensitivity. The American Diabetes Association suggests diabetics to indulge in 150 minutes of exercises such as swimming for fitness, over a period of at least three days a week, to help with glycemic control.

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WATER EXERCISES

from Swimming Pool.com

Summer is over, but that doesn't mean that you can't start an exercise program in the swimming pool.  Exercising in a pool, whether it is swimming or exercise, provides a highly efficient, zero impact workout for both aerobic and anaerobic strength training unlike any other.  Even if you don't have your own indoor swimming pool, nearly every health club or YMCA has one, and can start you off on as simple a program as light exercise, all the way up to advanced water aerobics and swimming classes.  This post from Swimmingpool.com gives you a great start, showing you 5 easy yet effective exercises to jump start a water fitness program for anyone who is willing to get started. 

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Water exercises can provide you with cardiovascular benefits as well as strength-resistance training that is gentle on your joints. Due to the water's buoyancy, aerobic exercises, stretches and other movements are more fluid and less strained in the water, so you can get the benefits of a strenuous workout without stressing or injuring your body. Here are some great exercises that you can add to your pool workout:

Exercise with Pool Buoys

Pool Buoys

Stand in chest-high water with your feet slightly wider than shoulder-width apart. Hold one dumbbell between your legs with both hands. Bring your knees as far up as you can by jumping in the water. Hang onto to the dumbbell while jumping to work out your abdominal muscles. Do repetitions of 10 in sets of two or three and then rest.

Stand in shoulder-deep water with your legs shoulder-width apart and firmly planted on the pool floor. Hold a dumbbell in each hand, resting them against your outer thighs. Raise each dumbbell to shoulder height and then push the dumbbells down toward your outer thighs. Repeat 10 times. Do as many sets as you are comfortable doing.

Stand in water deep enough to cover your shoulders. Hold a dumbbell in each hand and extend your arms out in front of you so they are in line with your chest. Then pull your arms back toward your chest by bending at your elbows. Repeat this biceps exercise 10 times before resting. Do as many sets as you can.

Stand in waist-high water. Hold a dumbbell in each hand, with your hands parallel to your shoulders. Raise each arm straight up and above your shoulder. Then bring your hands back down to shoulder height and repeat. For a cardiovascular workout, jog in place while you raise and drop your weighted arms.

Pool Leg LiftsLeg Lift

Stand in shoulder-deep water and hold onto the edge of the pool lightly for balance. Extend your right leg straight out to the side as far up as you can bring it. Only go as far as you can while keeping toes pointing toward the pool wall (don't let your ankle turn) and keeping your hips straight toward the wall. Complete 8-10 times. Repeat on left leg.

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TOP 5 THINGS THAT CAN, AND WILL, AFFECT YOUR POOL'S WATER.

From Hayward

Most people think that because their swimming pool water is relatively clear that they have nothing to worry about.  In fact, we actually had a customer tell us just yesterday that he never checks the water if it is clear.  That same client was wondering why his heater may not have lasted as long as he thought it would.  Water chemistry for swimming pools can be daunting, and sometimes tricky.  The key is to stick to some basic measurements and to ask for help from your swimming pool service professional when in doubt.  This post from Hayward gives you 5 things that can and WILL affect the quality of your swimming pool water.  Some of these factors may surprise you.

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There are many things that can negatively affect you pool's water. For now, were covering the top 5. Tricks and tips will follow to help you deal with these issues.

1. Bad Source Water: When filling your pool, don't assume tap water is good water for a pool. For example, the typical hardness in Phoenix tap water can be as high as 1000ppm (parts per million). That's about 600ppm above the high end of the maximum concentration.

2. Pool Chemicals: Some pool chemicals actually contain minerals that can contribute to a calcium problem.

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Thursday, 11 September 2014 09:02

Best Hangover Cure: Soak in a Hot Tub?

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Hammered by a Hangover? Head to the Hot Tub-7 Tips To Help You Feel Better Now

From Olympic Hot Tub

Hopefully you've never had to experience the pain that results from over-imbibing with alcoholic beverages.  Known as the hangover, the after-effects from drinking excessively include headache, nausea, lethargy, sensitivity to light, and extreme thirst.  In short, experiencing a hangover is a less-than-pleasant experience, to say the least.  Common cures include pain relievers, greasy foods, vitamins, and strangely enough: more alcohol.  This post from Olympic Hot Tub gives you an alternative to these traditional methods:  Using a hot tub to speed recovery.

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What's drinking?

A mere pause from thinking! said Lord Byron.

If your senses left you last night and you did over-imbibe, read on for seven tips that will make you feel better faster.

The term hangover was originally a 19th century expression describing unfinished business—something left over from a meeting—or "survival." In 1904, the meaning "morning after-effect of drinking too much" first surfaced and has been used ever since as a catchall to describe that awful feeling.

The most commonly reported features of a hangover include headache, nausea, sensitivity to light and noise, lethargy, and thirst typically after the intoxicating effects of the alcohol you consumed the night before wear off. Add dysphoria- an unpleasant or uncomfortable mood, such as sadness, anxiety, irritability or restlessness. Let's call it the opposite of euphoria. You feel rotten.

It's the American way to "do" something when we feel bad. No waiting for a temporary hangover to work itself out. In this case, you can act now to feel better.

The body rids itself of alcohol and its toxic byproducts in four ways, breathing, via the liver or kidneys and from sweating. Exercise speeds breathing, increases sweat and moves alcohol-laden blood through the liver and kidneys to be processed more quickly.

You probably don't feel like going to the gym this morning (if you do, good for you!), but jumping in your hot tub will do almost as much for you. The heat increases your circulation which will speed blood more quickly through the liver and kidneys. Did you know that immediately after a person is immersed, water begins to exert pressure on the body? Cardiac volume increases by nearly one-third when you're immersed to the neck.

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