Wednesday, 30 April 2014 13:55

Learn how to Aqua Jog!

Aqua Jogging Exercises

From Livestrong.com

It may not seem like it while you are doing it, but exercising in water can be extremely vigorous.  The temperature of the water cools you, and the buyoancy of the water makes it seem like you aren't working as hard as you would outside the swimming pool, but since water provides as much as 12 times the resistance of air, you will receive amazing toning, sculpting, and aerobic benefits from working out underwater.  This post from Livestrong gives you a good primer on the proper underwater jogging techniques that you can utilize in your own backyard to get into shape--gently!  Plus, it's tons of fun for the whole family.

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Swim resistance systems are an amazing way to get a great swimming workout in a limited space.  These systems, once installed, not only provide the experience of swimming laps without going anywhere, but they also preclude the need to perform a flip-turn at the end of the pool.  These systems require a tremendous amount of power to work correctly, so selecting the correct pump and system is paramount.  The Riverflow Pump system from Current Systems has the very best swim resistance system on the market, and is the only system utilized by Platinum Pools.  Additionally, this pump is ideal for lazy rivers.  The Current Systems pump provides an airless laminar stream of resistance, which doesn't blind the swimmer with air bubbles.  The experience of swimming with a Current Systems swim resistance or lazy river application is second to none.

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How and why to encourage your toddler to take the swimming pool plunge

 

From The Photo News

We've all heard the old wives' tale that you should throw your infant into the water, and their instincts will take over.  We've been told that this is the best way to teach a child how to swim.  Is it really the best way for a child to learn how to swim?  This post from The Photo News addresses this controversial topic in great detail, and takes a more realistic approach to figuring out this confusing time for swimming pool owners.

Here is an excerpt from the post:

LOS ANGELES, CALI. — Splash! Dive! Dog paddle! It's no secret that most kids love to swim. But did you know that getting your children comfortable in the water at an early age isn't only fun, it can actually make kids smarter? Recent research from Griffith Institute in Australia shows that kids who start swimming early reach their developmental milestones earlier too. These include basic visual motor skills (like cutting paper and drawing shapes) and extend into more complex skills like language, math, writing, and understanding directions.

The earlier a child begins swimming and the longer that child takes lessons, the more lasting and beneficial the results.

"The toddler years are the perfect time to begin swimming," says Princess Ivana Pignatelli Aragona Cortes, who has worked with children for more than 20 years and has a master's in education. She is also a featured blogger at Modern Mom, founder of Princess Ivana — The Modern Princess, and coauthor of A Simple Guide to Pregnancy & Baby's First Year. "Researchers observed that before children can even count or express themselves in language, they respond to the cue, 'One, two, three, go!' when it comes to jumping into the water on three, or kicking to the count of ten. The physical link of thought, language, and action creates a body-wise understanding of the complex skills young children need to develop for pre-school and school."

There's just one potential problem: Convincing your little one to take the plunge can be easier said than done. New experiences are often uncomfortable, and coaxing an unhappy, frightened toddler into the water for the first time may be a challenge.

"My son hated swimming at first," Ivana shares. "It took a number of try-try-agains and bucket loads of patience, but now Alessio is a little dolphin, proudly swimming across the skinny end of the pool like he has just won an Olympic gold medal."

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Beautiful & Practical Parasols for Garden Decorations

From Stylish Eve

Those hot days in the sun can wear you out!  No matter how much you worship the Sun's nourishing rays while frolicking in your outdoor living space, eventuall you will need some shade!  Incorporating a Parasol into your outdoor living space can be a very smart idea; not only for the utilitarianism of providing a respite from the Sun, but also as a stunning design element.  Parasols can accent any space with color, volume, and texture.  This post from Stylish Eve shows some amazing examples of Parasol designs that will enhance any landscape design, and make one's outdoor living space relevant and comfortable at the same time!

Here is an excerpt from the post:

Parasols are one of the most practical accessories in a garden or a terrace; they are not just very useful to protect you from the sun, but they are also used as a decoration to give the outdoors a pretty look. If you are looking for practical yet decorative parasol models, we present you here a collection of the most trendy garden parasol designs to inspire you. You should know that the parasol will easily adapt to the style of your garden or your terrace. If your outdoor furniture has a minimalist style, use a parasol with geometric shapes and sleek designs, also, choose a chic color like black. The parasol can allow you to bring a touch of color to your garden decoration. By choosing a colorful parasol model, you will brighten the outdoor look. Add some touches of the same color of the parasol to the furniture and accessories. To create a pleasant atmosphere in your garden, you can opt for a parasol in a very light white color that lets light pass through; it will add a soft & charming mood to your outdoors.

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Using Your Pool For Fitness

From Platinum Pools and Spas Blog

Exercising in your swimming pool has many benefits which we have covered previously.  The viscosity of the water, the cooling properties of the water, the lower impact nature of the exercise are all great ways to improve one's fitness by utilizing the swimming pool.  Platinum Pools of Arizona provides an outline of the benefits of swimming pool exercise, as well as a great list of resources to gather additional information and workouts for the swimming pool workout fanatic!  

Here is an excerpt from the post:

here are many advantages to using your pool for exercising. Water's natural buoyancy reduces weight-bearing stress, allows greater ease of movement with less impact on joints and muscles. The increased density of water creates even and fluid resistance, which will allow you to tone and strengthen muscles with greater balance and efficiency. Regardless of your current level of physical activity, water exercise is an excellent way to improve fitness, maintain health and restore vitality.

Another great reason for pool exercise is that you can burn more calories in a shorter time than land-based exercise. Water resistance is also great for boosting cardio intensity and, let's face it, it's more fun to workout in a pool!

There is also a number of additional equipment items you can buy to help with your routine. Water fitness gloves have webbing between the fingers for added resistance. A water 'noodle' can be used with many different exercises and hand buoys act like weighted barbells when training in your pool. There are even home ellipticals, treadmills, and bikes, designed specifically for in-water use for those who want to advance their exercise to a higher level.

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Five Ways to Extend Your Outdoor Living Space

From ShadeFx

After the winter we've just experienced, many are more than ready for Summer to arrive in force!  While Spring is taking her sweet time getting here, many of us would love to have a way to make the Summer last longer, in order to make up for this past Winter.  ShadeFX has the solution in this post. They offer you 5 ways to extend your Summer Outdoor Living season well into the Fall, and who wouldn't want more Summer anyway?

Here is an excerpt from the post:

The setting of the sun doesn't need to shut down your outdoor party. Moreover, you don't need to relegate yourself to the usual rough and ready flood lights often used in exterior spaces. There are a wide range of lighting solutions for the outdoors available today that deliver ambient light that can stand up to the outdoors. You may even incorporate these lighting fixtures directly into an outdoor structure like a pergola. More ambiance? Use little "analog" touches, such as a hurricane lamp to create intimacy.

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Monday, 21 April 2014 14:12

Who is ready for Poolside Cocktails?

5 Award-Winning Poolside Drinks Courtesy of The Lido Bayside Grill

From The Standard

There is nothing quite like sitting in a chaise lounge, soaking up the sun, and sipping a cocktail.  Summer is almost here, and it's time to start planning your pool party, or getting prepared to put in some serious relaxation time around the swimming pool.  The Standard gives you 5 award winning cocktail recipies from South Florida's Lido, and they are going to make your summer delicious and delighful.  Happy Cocktailing!

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As recently mentioned by Miami New Times, The Standard Spa is better known for it's healthy wheatgrass and ginger shots. That being said, The Lido Restaurant & Bayside Grill offers a variety of delicious cocktails and was recently named Best Waterfront Bar 2012. Hey, it's summertime. Nothing wrong with a cold one while lounging poolside while you "work." Without further ado, our top five favorite "Award Winning" cocktails.

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7 Things to Consider When Caring for (or Enjoying) Your Pool 

from Filbur Manufacturing

If you take care of your own pool, you are going to want to know the facts that are presented in this informative post from Filbur Manufacturing.  For example:

  1. Contrary to popular belief, saltwater swimming pools do not take care of themselves.
  2. A pool pump can consume up to half of a home's entire energy output.  
  3. A sunny day is great for pool parties – not so much for pools. 

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Bear cub crashes backyard pool party

from HLNtv Youtube channel

So you're rocking your cocktail, waltzing around the deck of your pool party, visting with friends and family, when all of a sudden, a big bear shows up.  Sounds like a prank, right?  Well, guess again.  As you will see in this video, this actually happened, and it is a wild scene!  What would you do if a bear showed up to your pool party?  Click here to find out what these people did...

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Yippee, Pool Party!

From The Association of Professional Dog Trainers

Just like it is a great idea to expose your own human infants to water at a very young age to get them accustomed to it, it is also a good idea to expose puppies in the same way.  Not all dogs understand how dangerous water can be, and the same risks that apply to babies can also apply to your family's best friend.  What better organization to provide some very helpful tips on this matter than the Association of Professional Dog Trainers?  This post gives you virtually everything that you need to know to keep your dog safe around your swimming pool this summer.

Here is an excerpt from the article:

Some Water Safety Training Tips to Keep in Mind:

Although not all dogs are fond of water, they should be exposed to it for their own safety. With some simple training and safety devices, you can ease your mind and protect your dog this summer.

Give him a gradual introduction into the pool or lake by holding him snugly and slowly walking into the water. Let him get wet a little at a time and eventually let him swim to the exit. Make it a positive experience with lots of encouragement and praise.

Teach proper swimming technique. All dogs will instinctively paddle when submerged in water, but as inexperienced swimmers, many dogs try to rely on their front legs and do little with their rear legs. This results in an almost vertical swim technique with lots of splashing. It's exhausting and very easy for a dog to become over-tired this way. With proper training, the most vertical of swimmers can learn to use their rear legs, evening out their performance and swimming much more effectively and safely. Keep a close eye on your dog – if you see them become over-stimulated or fatigued, it's time to call them out. If you see your accomplished swimmer dog lowering his rear, this is a sign that he is getting tired.

Dogs have poor depth perception so if the pool has steps, mark them with a big potted plant and make sure he associates the plant as the exit marker. If there are no steps, provide a non-slip ramp for getting out. Spend sufficient time training him to go up the ramp if he's alone.

If your dog plays in a lake, make sure to stand at the place on the shore where he can easily walk out.

Always use a life jacket on your dog in ponds, lakes, rivers, or the open water. Just like with people, it's easy for a dog to develop a cramp in a leg, become exhausted too far from shore, or in the case of rivers or oceans, overwhelmed by tides. Life jackets give your dog the extra protection to stay buoyant.

Keep safety floatation devices nearby, just in the case of an emergency. If your dog gets into trouble, a life preserver attached to a long line is the best course of action to take. Dogs panic easily in the water when trouble hits, and a panicked, flailing dog can accidentally drown any person trying to assist it. Get the dog to grab out to the preserver first and try to reel it in closer to shore before physically trying to help it out.

Training polite pool manners is a must. A big Golden Retriever sailing through the air in her excitement to get in the water is a no-no. Train the canine to "Wait" at pool's edge or to always use the steps or the ramp.

Also teach her that the "Come" command applies to the pool as much as it does to dry land.

Be mindful of the specific needs of your dog's breed. Each dog's physical structure and body-type will greatly impact his swimming ability. Heavily muscled bully breeds exert more energy while swimming due to their increased body mass. Consider using a lifejacket with such dogs for added protection.

Watch your dog's nails! Dogs can quickly wear their nails down to the point of bleeding as they excitedly race around the pool's exterior. Keep a watchful eye on the pads of their feet as well. Repeated launching from pool steps can tear up paw pads; especially for dogs who spend most of their time on grass.

Unless your pool cover is solid and strong enough to support your weight, do not leave it on when your dog is unattended near the pool. Countless dogs, even accomplished swimmers, have lost their lives following an unexpected tumble into a covered pool. Once they're in, the cover is disorienting and it's almost always impossible for a dog to find his way out. If your dog needs to spend time in the yard unsupervised, consider erecting a pool safety fence.

Avoid letting your dog drink pool water. Always keep an ample supply of fresh water around so your dog can drink without attempting to drink from the pool. Also make sure you give your dog many opportunities to relieve himself after a swim as he is likely to ingest water from wherever he is swimming (pool, pond, lake or ocean) and may need to urinate more often.

Make sure you rinse your dog off after a swim to get chlorine and other pool chemicals, as well as bacteria or dirt he might get on him from a pond or lake. Don't let your dog sit in a wet collar as hot spots can develop. Be mindful of areas where water can collect, like ears, groin, and armpits, where moisture-induced infections can occur.

If your dog is overweight or a senior, check with your veterinarian first before allowing him to swim. This is also important for dogs who are generally sedentary. Dogs, like people, experience muscle soreness and stiffness and they're counting on us to lookout for their best interests.

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