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Why Swimming is Good for Arthritis

If there’s any doubt that swimming is beneficial for those with arthritis, all anyone has to do is look at all the classes being held specifically for those with joint conditions. They’re scheduled at disparate locations ranging from health clubs and schools to public pools and physical therapy practices. Swimming is one of the most beneficial types of exercise for those with arthritis and a wide variety of joint-related conditions.

For a truly therapeutic session, make sure the pool will be heated. Swimming utilizes every muscle in the body, stimulates circulation, improves vascular health, and helps build strength. It eases pain, stiffness, and improves flexibility. However, the real advantage of swimming for people with arthritis is the water itself.

An individual in the water isn’t supporting the entirety of their own weight or experiencing the full effect of gravity due to the buoyancy that water provides. That makes it easier to move and reduces the stress on bones and joints. It’s not weightlessness but offers a small taste of what astronauts experience. A person weighing 100 pounds on land will feel like they weigh about 69 pounds in the water.

Water provides buoyancy and relieves the forces of gravity on the body. Less effort has to be expended to move, which places less stress on the body. The amount of water that a body displaces is equal to the upward amount of buoyancy. The buoyancy factor of water helps support and hold a person up.

There’s a misconception that swimming for arthritis relief is primarily for seniors. Swimming is equally advantageous for people of all ages. Anyone experiencing soreness, pain, or difficult movement can benefit. Swimming is also an excellent exercise for anyone experiencing lingering effects from accidents. It’s always best to ensure that the sessions will be monitored or a lifeguard is on duty for complete safety.

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Floating Your Stress Away

Many people still remember the isolation tanks, also known as sensory deprivation tanks, of the 1970s in which people floated in a layer of liquid to relieve stress. The good news is that you don’t have to deprive yourself of music or birdsong to relieve stress. Just take a relaxing float around your swimming pool.

Floating activates the body’s parasympathetic nervous system. The body’s heart rate slows down, blood pressure lowers, and levels of the stress hormone cortisol is decreased, which places you in a relaxation mode. It requires little to no effort on your part. Sessions should be limited to an hour and are typically performed twice a week.

Multiple studies have demonstrated that flotation therapy is effective for relieving stress and as a complimentary treatment for anxiety disorders and depression. It’s also been shown to be beneficial for relieving headaches, increasing circulation and addressing muscle tension, along with improved sleep and creativeness. While most floating research has been performed in salt water pods, a chlorine-based pool is also beneficial.

Floating relieves tension and stress on muscles. The water buoys the body and reduces the effects of gravity. Home salt pools are trending across the nation, with many individuals installing a small pool in their backyard for that purpose. Floating also works as a detoxification process. That’s why it’s important to shower and drink plenty of water afterward. The effects have been reported to be similar to a massage.

You can wear earplugs to limit or eliminate outside sounds. However, some people like to listen to soothing music while they float at home. Conversely, a floating session scheduled at a spa or other facility will involve no outside stimulus and may be performed in the dark. It’s not a good option for everyone, as some people experience more stress under those conditions.

Floating relieves stress and activates the body’s natural healing abilities. Being able to float at home in your own pool provides a comfortable and familiar environment that’s reassuring and enhance the benefits.

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Great Accents for your Pool Deck

If you’re like most people, you’ll want to decorate your pool deck to make it more inviting, comfortable, and expand the uses for the space. A good place to begin is with seating. One of the great things about furnishings for the pool deck is that they’re waterproof, comfortable, stylish, and can also provide additional storage space for games and other items.

Umbrellas and Canopies

You can choose an umbrella or canopy to accommodate any style and provide much-needed shade during the hottest portion of the day. There’s a myriad of styles from which to choose that enables anyone to decorate the space to resemble a Caribbean getaway or a posh resort.

Fireplace and Heaters

A fireplace promotes togetherness and provides a focal point for gathering. If you don’t have the space or budget for an outdoor fireplace, there are outdoor heaters that can serve multiple purposes.

Grill

Gathering around the grill is a favorite family pastime in the summer. A grill or an outdoor kitchen provides the facilities for a planned celebration or an impromptu get together.

Bars

Whether it’s the adults gathering at the bar for drinks or a smoothie party for the kids, there are multiple bar styles from which to choose. You can select from those in the style of a beachfront tiki bar or a more sophisticated option.

Media Lounge

An increasing number of people are transforming their pool deck into media centers complete with waterproof TVs. It’s a great place to play video games, watch sports events, or hold a family film night.

Decorative Lighting

You can transform your pool deck into a wonderland of light and color. The illumination will also provide an extra level of safety around the pool. Multiple options are available encompassing string lights in shapes, colored lanterns, or solar-powered deck lights.

Snacks

Food and drink are the great uniters, bringing family and friends together to share good times. It’s easy to be prepared for guests with the addition of a mini cooler to hold beverages or a mini fridge to hold anything from beverages and condiments for the grill to cold treats.

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How Sunscreen Affects Your Pool

Pool parties are fun events, but you’ll definitely see a difference in the pool afterward. Sunscreen provides essential protection from the sun and anyone wearing it will leave some of it in the pool when they take a dip. The bottom line is that sunscreen has a negative effect on your pool, diminishing water quality.

Sunscreen affects the water chemistry of your pool and it’s a complex interaction. As the sunscreen dissolves it reacts with pool chemicals, especially chlorine, that disinfects and keeps bacteria at bay. Sunscreen disrupts that process and the water will become cloudy. Your guests may also experience eye and skin irritation.

There’s no way to prevent the situation and you certainly don’t want to discourage swimmers from wearing the protective lotion. There are special devices called floats that can be placed in the pool that is designed to attract lotion and oil in the water. The device floats around the pool and they’re commonly known as scumballs. However, there are some measures that can be taken to minimize the chemical reaction.

Request that everyone shower or rinse themselves down with the garden hose before entering the pool. It’s one of the reasons that public pools have showers and require people to wash down before swimming. It’s also important that the filter be kept clean and utilized regularly. Modern technology has created filters that contain enzymes designed to break down lotions and oils that enter the pool.

It’s better to prepare the pool ahead of time if you’re having a party and expecting a large number of swimmers. Make sure the filtration system is working optimally and at full capacity. If you’re planning a party, it’s best to engage the services of a professional who can thoroughly inspect the pool systems, add the correct chemicals, and even scrub down the pool to mitigate problems before they arise.

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Keeping your Pool Clean During a Chlorine Shortage

For those that haven’t yet heard, there’s a nationwide chlorine shortage and it’s going to impact the way pools are opened and maintained. The shortage is affecting private and public pools in every state. The chlorine crisis came about as the result of a fire in a Louisiana plant responsible for making chlorine for swimming pools.

The loss of that manufacturing left people in the U.S. with only two plants that produce the chemical. Another factor impacting chlorine was the pandemic. Thousands of people installed pools during the height of the pandemic and it increased demand for chlorine at the same time that production was reduced due to the fire.

The Louisiana plant doesn’t expect to resume operations until Spring 2022. Chlorine is in short supply and it’s going to be far more expensive than in the past. Professional pool maintenance companies and pool supply houses are employing multiple strategies in an effort to obtain the chlorine they need.

In many instances, individuals and pool maintenance professionals will need to use powdered chlorine rather than tablets. At some point, they may also need to transition from powdered chlorine to liquid chlorine. They may also have to resort to non-chlorinated products to shock pools.

While pool professionals will have the knowledge and experience to make the necessary conversions, if you’re among the many pool owners that manage their own pool, you may not be able to make those changes in a way that’s safe for swimmers.

Another alternative is converting an existing chlorine pool into a saltwater pool. While a saltwater pool still uses chlorine, it requires far less of the chemical than a traditional chlorine pool. The same is true of pools that employ ozone, UV and ionization systems.

Keep your pool cleaner by showering before swimming and don’t let pets in the pool. Don’t neglect regular maintenance. For the best advice on how to keep your pool clean during the chlorine crisis, definitely consult with a pool professional.

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Relax Poolside with These Must-Read Books

There’s no shortage of books to read while relaxing around the pool this summer. No matter what an individual’s reading preference, they’ll find a novel to satisfy their desire for mystery and romance to humor and the supernatural. Here are some of the best books for poolside.

Hurricane Summer by Asha Bromfield

Tilla journeys to Jamaica to visit her estranged father. She unearths powerful family secrets that addresses topics of color, class and more. Her own life is in turmoil and a hurricane is bearing down on the island.

Midlife Zombie Hunter by Shannon Mayer

Set for release on June 12, the entire series provides a heaping helping of humor as Breena, an overweight, 40-year-old with “the sight” hunts zombies in the latest edition. Armed with a bottle of pain reliever and a cadre of friends that includes a skeleton, spectral horse, and other creatures of myth and legend, the preternatural expert takes on the hard jobs to protect the human world from chaos.

Sorrowland by Rivers Solomon

Vern is seven months pregnant and determined to escape the religious compound in which she’s been raised. She escapes to the surrounding forest where she gives birth to twins. Black, blind and alone, Vern is undergoing changes she can’t explain and must understand the past to make sense of the present. Gothic horror meets science fiction as she protects herself against government agents and those that want to return her to the compound.

Sunshine Girl by Julianna Margulies

Four years in the writing, the star of the Good Wife TV series speaks candidly about her untraditional childhood, the messy divorce of her parents, and her rise to fame. She also explores how nicknames impact a child in negative and positive ways, including her own – Sunshine Girl.

The Most Beautiful Girl in Cuba by Chanel Cleeton

For fans of historical fiction, the novel is based on the life of Evangelina Cisneros and was a New York Times bestseller. Imprisoned in Cuba, her plight catches the attention of the rich and famous in the U.S. The book talks about the explosion of the USS Maine, reconcentration camps, and her role in the Cuban War of Independence.

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4 Poolside Entertainment Must Haves!

Few swimming pools are stand-alone hubs of entertainment like they were in the past. Pools provide a focus around which to gather, but the area surrounding the pool is no longer considered a separate entity – it’s an extension of the home environment itself and in many instances serves as an additional room. The following are just some of the popular entertainment options for poolside entertainment.

Outdoor Kitchens

Whether it’s a simple way to grill in the backyard or an elaborate outdoor kitchen, food always has a place at gatherings with family and friends. Individuals have a multitude of cooking options from which to choose that can be installed around the pool. There are low-cost grills and BBQs to high-end kitchens that incorporate features ranging from stoves and refrigerators to pizza ovens.

TV

Waterproof TVs enable anyone to establish an outdoor home theater around the pool. With the variety of digital services available, it’s easy to stream movies or host a binge-watch party. An added benefit is that with an outdoor TV, individuals can watch any number of games and sports programs from the comfort of the pool.

Game Center

Many companies have stepped up to meet the challenge of outdoor gaming options with amusements such as waterproof pool tables. With waterproof TVs and outdoor storage units, an afternoon of video games or even a weekend-long event isn’t beyond reach.

Music

The addition of music is perhaps one of the easiest ways to increase the entertainment value around the pool area. Systems can be added to an existing pool, though it’s less expensive to do so at the time the pool is installed.

For existing pools, the most popular, convenient, and cost-effective way to add music is waterproof sound systems that are controlled from mobile devices. Individuals can stream and create playlists the same as they would for indoor listening via decorative and strategically placed speakers.

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Top 10 Things Every new Pool Owner Should Know

Individuals should be aware that a pristine pool in the back yard isn’t the end of the pool process. Many new pool owners either don’t know what’s involved in maintaining a pool or assume that little is needed beyond cleaning the filter periodically.

The most important thing any pool owner can do is install the proper barriers and safety-related equipment to prevent children, the elderly and pets from drowning. The following are the Top 10 things every new pool owner should know – and be aware of before they have their new pool installed.

  1. A professional pool service is well worth the money. They’re highly-trained experts that are skilled in all facets of pool maintenance and can conduct repairs and perform replacements.
  2. Pool water must be tested weekly to identify imbalances to ensure it adheres to specific levels of cleanliness for safe swimming.
  3. There are a number of chemicals that pools require and individuals will need to learn what each type is for, how much to apply, and when to do so.
  4. Pools that receive frequent use or are utilized by large numbers of swimmers will affect pH balances and other chemical levels.
  5. Multiple factors can affect the chemical levels in a pool, ranging from UV light and bodily fluids to adding water and rainwater from storms.
  6. Despite the best of intentions, pool water can become cloudy or spawn algae growth that can require shocking the pool.
  7. Even salt water pools require a certain amount of chlorine and a salt water pool won’t be the same as swimming in ocean water.
  8. Never drain the pool, even if a hurricane is approaching. Modern pools are designed to drain away from homes. Be sure to turn off the power to all the pool-related equipment and secure the pool deck. The pool will take care of itself.
  9. Automated cleaning systems make owning a pool much easier. It’s still important to have a professional perform periodic cleanings and check for any peeling or hairline cracks.
  10. One dog is equal to 50 swimmers. Canines will place extra strain on the pool’s systems. It’s also an essential safety measure for pets that don’t know how to exit the pool and can drown.

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Home Pool Safety

In order to maintain safety at your home swimming pool, all parents must have these essential items to keep young ones safe: a fence and an alarm. Having a fence around your pool is a good way to ensure that your children or other loved ones cannot access the pool when you are not around. Kids can and will find their way to the water if left unattended and the consequences can be deadly. The easiest way to ensure safety is with a pool fence and alarm.

 

Small children are attracted to water and have no sense of fear. They may have a false sense of security after being in the pool with an adult. A fence will be able to deny access to your pool, while an alarm will be able to warn you of anyone getting into or falling into the water. If you do not have at least one of these two things available around your pool, then you are leaving your home swimming pool safety in the hands of chance. With both of these items, you can have peace of mind knowing that your pool and family are protected.

 

There are many companies that install pool fences in the South Florida area.  These companies will know exactly how to install your fence so that you do not have to, while they are also able to make any necessary modifications to ensure that your pool is safe and enjoyable. Pool alarms can be purchased and pool supply stores as well as online. Be sure to try out the alarm product to make sure it is working properly and is loud enough to be heard from inside the house.

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Fun Ideas For Kids Pool Parties

Are you looking for fun ideas for kid’s pool parties? Today’s kids just love to swim and so you will have a great time with a pool party. The theme can be something you have already done or you can come up with something new, but either way you will have lots of fun. Here are some fun ideas for pool parties:

 

The first thing you need to do is to get some swimming pool toys. You can find swimming pool toys at any store that has children’s toys. You can even find toys at garage sales and flea markets. You can also look online to find toys that you can buy in bulk. You can also find swimming pool floats, pool noodles, towels and more at your local pool supplies store.

 

Music is always a great idea for pool party games. Finding music for pool parties is relatively easy with the Internet. All you have to do is search for “music for pool parties” and you will find literally thousands of results. Stream the music in the pool area for everyone to enjoy. Whatever you choose, make sure you have some fun music that kids will enjoy and is age-appropriate.

 

Games such as Marco Polo, volleyball and basketball are big hits for parties. Kids will pretty much dictate the fun if you provide them with a ball and a net. Younger kids may enjoy diving for toys and playing on floats and making their own games up.

 

Last but not least, make sure you have plenty of snacks! Swimming always makes kids hungry. Great snacks for poolside include fruits and veggies, mini sandwiches, cheese and crackers, and of course ice pops! Whatever you provide, kids are sure to enjoy.

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