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Talk with your Aging Parents About Senior Citizens Swimming to
Develop Aging Fitness

From Talk Early...talk often...

As we age, our bone density decreases, we lose stamina, and it becomes harder and harder to keep up an excercise regimen to stay in shape.  This is especially the case for senior citizens, as the rate at which the decline in these situations increases with seniors.  Water exercise is a great way for senior citizens to exercise, as the water provides resistance, and is low impact on bones and joints.  This post from talk early...talk often... presents some great workouts in the swimming pool for senior citizens, and explains the benefits.

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8 Outdoor Holiday Lighting Ideas That Dazzle

from HGTV.com

This week saw the last official day of Summer and the first day of Fall come and go, and for some this is a depressing realization.  Thoughts of many turn back to the long, sunny, Summer days by the swimming pool and lounging in the hammock in the backyard to a cooling breeze.  For others, the thoughts of leaves falling, Halloween trick-or-treaters, and pulling out the Christmas tree gives them an understated joy of the holiday season.  For those people that are inclined to decorate their houses for the holiday season with lights, garland, and scary witches, this post is very timely.  HGTV gives a great design guide for outdoor holiday lighting that will set your home apart from the rest of the neighborhood, and make the long, cold winter seem shorter than it actually is.  It's only a few short months until we enter swim season again, so why not make the most of the holiday season by embracing it?

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How to Teach Autistic Children to Swim

From Wikihow

Swimming and being in and around water can be extremely theraputic for people with all kinds of disabilites.  This is especially the case with children that are stricken with disabilities, as they have a lifetime to attempt to navigate the world with their disability as well as to ameliorate their symptoms whenever possible.  As this post from Wikihow points out, children with autism may have a fear or dislike of water, but they can learn to swim nevertheless.  These children can reap the same theraputic benefits from swimming as anyone else, as long as the teacher understands the disability and is able to work with these children to overcome their natural aversion.

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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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Simple Hot Tub Exercises

From Hot Tubs 101

One of the latest fitness trends is Hot Tub exercising.  The combination of the heated water and buoyancy makes hot tub exercising a low-impact, highly beneficial means to get and stay fit.  This post from Hot Tubs 101 explains the numerous benefits of working out in a hot tub, and walks through some simple exercises to get the reader on the road to fitness.

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Do swimming pool pumps have to run all the time?

From How Stuff Works

Perhaps the biggest surprise for new swimming pool owners is the increased costs for gas, water, and electrical utilities.  Most swimming pools are set up to run 24-hours a day to maintain health and cleanliness, but is this really necessary?  This post from How Stuff Works answers this pressing question, and explains why.

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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 Care Myths

From Pool & Spa Warehouse

Everyone has heard an anecdotal story or two about swimming pools.  These myths can not only be misleading, but they can actually be dangerous to one's health if they are misconstrued.  This post from The Pool and Spa Warehouse lists some of these commonly misleading and potentially dangerous myths, and presents the truth about them to set the record straight.

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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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