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Hot Tub Yoga-2 Surprising Ways to Reduce Low Back Strain

From Bathtub Yoga

If you are among the estimated 31 Million Americans that suffer from some form of lower back pain, then you have likely tried everything. From harmful narcotic pain killers, to stretching, to inversion, to chiropractors;  The lower back pain sufferer seems to be in a never-ending battle to find relief and seek the latest and greatest treatment.  The last resort that every person tries to avoid is surgery, so this fuels the struggle to find an alternative treatment.  This article from Bathtub Yoga presents an interesting and potentially useful therapy that most people likely haven't considered: Hot Tub Yoga.  

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Most people with low back issues think the solution is to strengthen the muscles in their back, and while this is partially true, there are 2 other often overlooked important components to reduce low back strain. If you have low back pain, check with your doctor before exercising.

Strengthen Your Core-

Having strong abdominal muscles can improve & protect your low back. Think of your abdominal muscles wrapping around your mid-section to create a "girdle" of support & protection. Crunches are the most traditional method to strengthen this area. In the Hot Tub Yoga Program there are several core strengtheners you can practice as you enjoy your soak.Pictured here is core plank in the water. I suggest you hold it for about 1 min, or work slowly up to a one minute hold. For a great one minute video on Hot Tub Yoga Core Plank see:

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Do popular, pricey sunscreens give the protection they claim?

From Today

We've all walked the sunscreen aisle at the local market or pharmacy and seen the plethora of sunscreen brands stacked together.  From the sprays, gels, lotions, and 100 SPF labels, deciphering the information on the bottles can be a confusing endeavor.  Add to that the news stories and Surgeon General's warnings about using sun protection and the thinning of the Ozone layer, and it's enough to keep you awake at night.  This post from Today gives a great treatise on what these numbers on the bottles mean, and great information on how to be smart and savvy when shopping for sun protection for your family.

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s your sunscreen really giving you the protection it promises? Just in time for Memorial Day weekend, TODAY National Investigative Correspondent Jeff Rossen has some surprising new information to share.

Many of us will be heading to the beach this weekend, and that means we're heading to the store today to buy sunscreen. But if you think the most expensive brands work best, think again.

According to new ratings of 12 sunscreens by Consumer Reports, the priciest sunscreens proved to be the least effective, while some of the least-expensive sunscreens scored the best.

"We found six that are really good at protecting against UVA and UVB rays, and they're at a very affordable price," Consumer Reports Associate Editor Nicole Sarrubbo told TODAY.

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From Pool & Spa Outdoor

Choosing a shape and size of a custom luxury inground swimming pool is always a difficult process.  Utililzing a professional landscape designer or watershape designer with a background in design is always a must.  Once the space is assessed, and the homeowner's lifestyle and tastes are considered, the professional designer can dig into his bag of tricks to design the ultimate luxury space.  In this post from Pool & Spa Outdoor, some of the top design features and amenities are presented as a means to prime the design process.  

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There are a wide variety of swimming pool designs, and by discussing your options and preferences with a professional pool designer, you can choose the best one for you based on your property's surroundings, your home's architecture, and how you plan to use the pool. Once these questions have been answered, the designer will determine the ideal pool design for you, along with the best swimming pool shape and size to meet your needs.

Here are the top six pool design features to get your ideas flowing:

1.  Splash Pools

2. Infinity Pools
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Monday, 28 July 2014 10:04

Design Inspiration For Your Inground Hot Tub

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Design Ideas for Your New Spa

From Pulliam Pools

One of the most overlooked parts of an inground swimming pool design is the hot tub.  Sure, swimming pool designers will raise the hot tub (or spa, as it is commonly called within the industry), or separate it, or even change the shape sometimes.  Advanced watershapers will even design complicated edge treatments like a perimeter or slot overflow or vanishing edges to the hot tub.  This post from Pulliam Pools in Texas gives some additional out-of-the box thinking for hot tub designs, and hopefully will inspire some additional twists on this essential luxury item. 

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...some design ideas you may wish to consider include:

Deck-Set Fiberglass

One of the most affordable spa options, the fiberglass spa is design-versatile and can be installed above ground, in the ground, or partially in the ground. Unlike gunite spas, fiberglass spas are smooth and easy to clean. They can be installed in specially constructed pits with wood decking around them for a dazzling aesthetic appeal that will look great with or without a pool.

In-Ground Gunite

When a homeowner sets out to construct a spa at the same time as an in-ground pool, gunite is generally the spa surface material that he or she opts for. A popular in-ground gunite spa design consists of a connecting pool and spa, separated only by a narrow wall so that swimmers can move between the two without having to get out of the water and walk around. Elevated gunite spas that spill over into pools and give the pool-spa combo a two-level feel are another great design to consider.


A spool is a single backyard feature that functions as both a pool and a spa. Typically smaller than the average pool, spools are equipped with seating and jets that enable those using them to have a full spa experience. Due to their relatively small size, spools can heat up quickly, making the transformation from pool to spa almost on-demand.

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Myth Busted! Poll Finds Most Parents Believe Pool Urine Detecting Dye Myth Is True

From The Paramus Post

Like anything else that is extremely popular, swimming pools and their enthusiastic usage by the public has some urban tales and myths associated with it.  Almost everyone who grew up swimming in a pool has heard the canard that there is a chemical that can be added to a swimming pool that can turn red, blue, or green when a child pees in it.  This would presumably cause great embarrassment for the child, and ultimately act as a deterrent to the kids peeing in the pool.  Well, like many other tall tales and urban legends, this is untrue.  This post from Paramus Post explains why, and also gives some other popular myths and legends surrounding swimming pools, and the real truth behind them.  The explanations might surprise you!

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Myth – Chlorine turns hair green.

Truth – The survey by the Water Quality and Health Council discovered that nearly half of respondents believe that chorine is responsible for turning hair green. In fact, the presence of copper in swimming pool water is to blame. Copper may be introduced to pool water in several ways, including metal plumbing or algaecide.

Myth – Swimmer "red eye" is caused by too much chlorine in the pool.

Truth – 87 percent of respondents to the Water Quality and Health Council survey believed that chlorine in pools makes swimmers' eyes red and irritated. In reality, when nitrogen, found in urine and sweat, is combined with chlorine, irritants called chloramines are formed. It is these chloramines, not the chlorine itself, that irritate the eyes, skin and respiratory system. In this case, more chlorine may actually need to be added to pool water in order to reduce the formation of chloramines.

Myth – When it comes to pool water, clarity means cleanliness.

Truth – Even when swimming pool water is clear, microorganisms too small to be seen with the naked eye can be present. While chlorine destroys bacteria that could put swimmers at risk for disease, it takes time to work. Most germs are killed within seconds in a properly treated pool, but some (such as Cryptosporidium) can survive for days and require more aggressive treatment.

Myth – The strong odor of chemicals indicates a clean, well-treated pool.

Truth – A faint smell is expected, but a strong scent of chemicals could mean trouble. When irritating chloramines are formed by the mixture of chlorine and pool contaminants, such as urine, body oils and other substances brought into the pool by swimmers, a strong smell is released. A healthy pool is one with little to no odor.

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