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Can the New Wave of Watery Workouts Help Your Arthritis?

Water exercise can be beneficial to many people -- young and old.

From WebMD

This ain't your grandma's water aerobics!  Over the last decade or so, the proliferation of studies surrounding the benefits of exercising in water and the advances in exercise equipment have made water aerobics one of the most efficient ways to get healthy available.  Working out in your inground swimming pool, says this post from WebMD, can benefit not only the aging and suffering, but people of any age.  Trainers and scientists alike are starting to come around to this fact, and the benefits to people of any age of working out in the pool are legion.  

Here is an excerpt from the article:

"If it's been a decade or more since you had a water fitness class, you'll see many changes," says Jane Katz, EdD, associate professor of health and physical education, City College of New York, and author of Aquafit: Water Workouts for Total Fitness. "Back then it would have been traditional skills of breathing, floating and swimming, which are still taught today, but with the addition of stretching and vertical exercises" done in a standing position.

Another difference, she says, is the abundance of exercise equipment. A lot of landlubber gear has made its way to the pool: handheld weights, rubber tubing, even bicycles and treadmills. Plus, the old aquatic stand-bys like fins and kickboards are no longer "one-size-fits all." They're engineered in a host of styles to suit specific applications.

Who Can Benefit From Water Exercise?

Water exercise can benefit virtually everyone, says Katz. A former Olympian, she teaches fitness and swimming to New York City firefighters and police officers and also has a special fondness for a class for women in their 60s, 70s, and 80s. Athletes use water to rehabilitate after injury or to cross-train. People with arthritis or other disabilities that can't perform land exercise use water to improve fitness and range of motion and to relieve pain and stiffness.

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Town Swimming Pools: A Suburban Paradise

From Huffington Post

If you are one of the 10 million residential inground swimming pool owners in the United States, then congratulations!  You have a destination point for your friends, family, and neighbors to build a lifetime of memories in your own outdoor paradise.  Even if you have any of the many forms of swimming pools, be they inground or above ground, you might want to re-consider the commonality shared at your local community swimming pool or waterpark.  There are myriad benefits to visiting a public swimming pool faciliy, says this post from Huffington Post, and these include:

#1. No worries about balancing chlorine and pH levels, checking alkaline substances, monitoring calcium hardness and other unsightly buildup in the water. (Leave the alchemy to the lifeguards.)

#2. Sitting by the pool can be a refreshing break from checking email, text messages and telephone calls.

#3. It's an excuse to read a trashy novel.

#4. Swimming laps is relaxing. Just stroke, kick and breathe. Do it a few times back and forth and you've had a good workout.

#5. When is the last time you kicked around in a pair of flippers?

#6. Floating on your back and watching the clouds is good for the soul.

#7. Doing cannon balls off the diving board brings back memories. (Even hearing the occasional belly-flop is an auditory throwback.)

#8. It's nice to exchange pleasantries with neighbors you haven't seen since last summer.

#9. In August, it's a rarified ad-free zone from the bombardment of back-to-school commercials.

#10. The pool is the only place you can wear a bathing cap and no one will make fun of you. (And let's face it... it's the only place you can walk around half-naked in public and not get arrested.)

One more thing that crowns an afternoon at the pool:

#11. You can't beat an ice-cream sandwich from the snack bar.

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Keeping Little Ones Safe at the Pool or Lake This Summer

From Guardian Pool Fence

Most people feel safe at a public swimming pool or body of water when there is a lifeguard or lifeguards on duty.  Drowning is the second leading cause of death among children, according to this post from Guardian Fence Systems, and even more shocking is the fact that 19% of these drownings happened at a facility or area in which there was a lifeguard on duty!  This handy infographic gives an easy-to-understand guide to keeping your kids safe and sound while enjoying our many public facilities this summer.  Take responsibility for your own children's safety, and follow proper water safety procedures.

Here is an excerpt from the post:

Lake Safety

The second leading cause of death in children is drowning. This sobering statistic is reversible. While you might think that children drowning is directly caused by a lack of supervision, a whopping 19% of drownings happen at public pools or beaches where there is a lifeguard on duty!

When it comes to the safety of your children near water, it's untimely up to YOU. Preparing and teaching your children water safety can go a long way, but in the end someone must be watching each child 100% percent of the time. The average number of minutes between when a child was last seen before drowning is just 5 minutes. Watching children constantly is imperative.

What else can you do to keep your little ones safe at the pool, beach or lake this summer?

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Later Gator: 5 Features You Can Put Off When Building a Pool

From Pool Pricer

Okay, you've been scouring the internet on sites like Houzz, Pinterest, Google + and Facebook, and you have looked at swimming pool designs from all over the world.  You are an informed consumer!  You know what shape that you want your inground swimming pool to be, what features you want for your family, and you may have already interviewed and received proposals from your desired outdoor living design professional.  Now comes the part that you see the price tag, and you nearly fall over backwards.  

Fear not, prospective inground swimming pool owner.  The cost of your inground swimming pool can be driven by these very amenities that you desire, and while eliminating them from your outdoor living space is one way to lower the cost of your swimming pool, it is not the only option.  This post from Pool Pricer gives you the elements that absolutely need to be in place to get the project completed most efficiently, and the options that could be phased in at a later date.  This might be the most important article that you read this year if you are planning an outdoor living or inground swimming pool project this year!

Here is an excerpt from the post:

Planning a pool is all about sorting and juggling a million different priorities – from the design, to financing, to hiring and scheduling. While some people revel in all the details, most find the process stressful or even overwhelming. On top of the many decisions you have to make throughout this "journey," there's the ever-present concern of how to pay for it all.

Rather than just diving in, you might want to step back and consider which features have to be in place when you plunge into your pool for the very first time, and which can wait until later. Rolling your pool out in stages is much easier on your cash flow, allowing you to afford more of the features you want. But even if your budget isn't uncomfortably tight, thinking about your pool this way is a classic approach to project planning – starting with the essential, and working down to everything else.

What you'll quickly find out is that many aspects of your pool installation really do have to be determined early on if you want a harmonious design. However, there are a handful of features that – while important – can be postponed for months or even years if need be. Here are five pool features you can safely put on the back burner until you have the time and money to deal with them.

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Swimming and Pool Trivia To Share with Friends

From swimmingpool.com

Did you know that a vigorous hour of swimming in your inground swimming pool can burn up to 650 calories?  Not only that, the same hour of swimming will work all of your major muscle groups, prevent injuries, strengthen the heart and lungs, and actually burns more calories than biking or running.  This post from Swimmingpool.com gives you these useful facts about swimming and swimming pools, as well as some very interesting obscure trivia about pools.  Here are just some of the amazing facts in this post:

  • Ancient drawings and paintings found in Egypt depicting people swimming date back to 2500 BCE.
  • The Deep Eddy Swimming Pool, built in 1915, is the oldest known concrete swimming pool and was built in Texas.
  • The first recorded swimming races were held in Japan in 36 B.C.
  • The oldest known concrete swimming pool — the Deep Eddy Swimming Pool — was built in Texas in 1915.

And many, many more!  Click here to read more of these amazing facts

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