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Wednesday, 30 April 2014 08:55

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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What to Consider When Building a Backyard Bocce Court 

From Neave Sports

You've tired of throwing the football through the tire.  You have cornholed the bags to the point of fraying.  Lawn Darts, Croquet, even Frisbee;  You are simply looking for a fun outdoor activity that you and your family can enjoy together while sipping lemonade in the Summer Sun!  Look no further than your very own Bocce Court.  Originated in Europe, Bocce has steadily gained in popularity over the years, even appearing in some Nuveau Bowling Alleys around the country.  This post from Neave Sports gives you everything that you will need to know about planning, designing, and constructing your very own Bocce Ball Court. 

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Croquet is so 1865. Ever since the Queen of Hearts took up her live flamingo mallet and challenged Alice to a match in Lewis Carroll's story, it's been the lawn sport to beat.

But it's a complicated game, and tedious to set up. (And anyone who has tripped over a wicket long after gameplay ends knows it can be a painful game, too...)

If you're tired of wickets and mallets, but want to add some variety to your backyard entertainment beyond the "bags" boards (aka cornhole) all your neighbors set up on sunny days, we've got another sport for you to consider: bocce!

This lawn game came to America with immigrants from Europe where it's been played since the ancient Roman Empire. The game is a close cousin to bowling, but has some things in common with horseshoes, bags and other fun backyard games.

Where should a backyard bocce court be located?

Traditionally, bocce is played on a long, narrow court. Court sizes vary and will depend largely on how much space you have to play, but they're typically anywhere from seventy-six feet long by ten feet wide to ninety feet long by thirteen feet wide.

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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!

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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!  

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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?

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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 09:12

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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