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Pool Shade Ideas: 7 Ways to Cover Your Swimming Pool

From Shade FX

The thought that creating shade around a swimming pool is one that usually escapes most people.  Shade isn't the first thing that comes to one's mind when they envision their own inground swimming pool space.  Luckily, skilled designers are attuned to the crucial fact that creating shaded areas in the proper spots are every bit as important as the areas that receive sun.  This post from Shade FX presents 7 unique ways to provide a respite from UV rays and hot midday sun exposure.

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Outdoor Dining Rooms

From Landscaping Network

8 ideas for creating the ultimate outdoor dining area

Outdoor living enthusiasts understand one principle above all when it comes to their outdoor living space:  It is meant to enjoy and to draw people together.  Nothing accomplishes this task like an outdoor dining area.  Think about how a dining room brings family together inside the home, and you will understand the power of creating an outdoor dining area.  This post from the Landscaping Network gives 8 stunning examples of outdoor dining areas that will inspire you to bring your family and friends together for outdoor meals.

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How Using Hot Tubs Can Help With Colds and Flu

From Articles Base

This time of year, colds and influenza infections are running rampant across the U.S.  The changing of the seasons along with intermittenly wetter and colder Fall temperatures bring on these miserable colds and flus to millions.  Usually when infected, the victim runs to the pharmacy or grocery store to buy daytime or nighttime cold medicines to ameliorate the symptoms, try to drink lots of fluids and take their vitamins.  Beyond these measures, getting lots of sleep and foregoing vigorous activities are usually prescribed.  This post from articles base presents a new-age way to deal with these seasonal afflictions, by utilizing the super-heated water of one's hot tub.  Who knew that a hot tub could be theraputic in this manner?

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5 reasons swimming lessons are important for older kids and tweens

From Chicago Now

Do you know what the second leading cause of accidental death is for children under 14 in the United States?  According to this post from Chicago Now, it is drowning.  The saddest part about this statistic is that it is almost completely preventable with the advent of swimming lessons.  While learning to swim at any age is not a guarantee against drowning, it is a strong indicator that could nearly eliminate accidental deaths.  This post gives 5 additional sound reasons why learning to swim, regardless of age, is a great idea.

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POOL WORKOUT: 10 WATER EXERCISES THAT TONE YOUR ABS, ARMS, LEGS, AND BACK

From Pool & Spa Outdoor 

As we age, it becomes harder and harder to stay in shape.  Not only do exercises and workouts become monotonous, the incidence of injury becomes more prevalent.  People that are desirous of staying fit are constantly looking for lower-impact workouts to work the heart and body while also avoiding the injuries commonly associated with exercise.  The swimming pool is a great way to get a vigorous workout, while eliminating the impact of running or more intense exercises.  This post from Pool & Spa Outdoor gives 10 exercises that one can do inside a swimming pool that will work one's entire lower body and eliminate the causes of injury.

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Swimming Pool Safety: Layers of Protection for 'Pool Safely'

From Pool and Patio via About.com

The Consumer Product Safety Commission's "Pool Safely" campaign is the largest swimming pool safety awareness campaign in the history of the world.  The movement began after the passage of the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act was passed, and has grown into a powerful safety awareness force.  The keys to the movement, according to this post from About.com's Pool and Patio site, is that simple, layered steps will undoubtedly save lives.  Common sense and layers of protection can make the difference between a safe, health environment, or a unmitigated diaster.

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