18Aug/17

Revvvv up your workout with pool exercises!

You’re in the pool, you’re flailing around, maybe even doing some laps, but can you be doing more? Absolutely! Here are five pool exercises that will make you enjoy your pool even more and get that bikini bod you’ve been craving.

Start by warming-up. Jog in place for about 5 minutes keeping your hands in a fist under-water and bend at the elbow, straighten and repeat as you jog.

Ok, you’re ready. Let’s get this going:

#1 Targets shoulders, arms, abs, and hips

  •  Standing in the shallow end, simultaneously sit back into the water, treading with hands out to sides. Now lift both legs together so that you fold at hips with your head and toes just above the surface.
  •  Quickly bring knees to chest — or bring legs as straight as you can toward chest to make V less wide — then extend legs to return to V position.
  •  Do 15 to 20 reps. Continue treading with hands for 1 minute.

#2 Targets arms

Place palms flat on pool edge or grab gutter. Do a little hop and raise yourself up as high as you can by straightening arms. Hold the position for a few seconds. Keeping elbows close to your body, lower yourself until elbows form 90-degree angles. Don’t let feet touch the bottom of the pool. Raise and lower yourself for 10 to 20 reps.

#3 Firms thighs and butt

Stand with feet slightly wider than shoulder-width apart. Squat low enough so shoulders are under water. Keep arms out to sides for balance. Jump straight up, lowering arms and squeezing butt as you go, and bring legs together at top of jump. Land in starting position. Do 20 reps.

#4 Tones abs

Sit on edge of pool with legs straight down. (Water should come to about mid-thigh.) Lean back slightly, with hands behind body for support. Keeping legs straight, lift them above surface to form a V with your body. Point toes and keep legs together at all times. Lower legs to starting position. Do 10 to 20 reps.

#5 Firms thighs, hips, abs

Lean back against pool wall, grasping edge for support. Raise legs so they’re parallel to pool bottom, then spread legs as wide as possible. Squeezing inner thighs, bring legs together, crossing left leg over right. Contracting outer thighs, open back up to starting position. Repeat, crossing right leg over left, to complete one rep. Do 20 reps.

Do 2-3 sets of these a day and you should feel and see the difference in no time. And, don’t forget your sunscreen!

 

 

 

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15Aug/17

AFTER swimming protect your hair

 

In the previous article, we’ve discussed how to take care of hair before swimming, but that just not enough. After swimming care is just as important. Here are more tips:

Tip #1Rinse it

As soon as you get out of the pool or ocean rinse your hair with fresh water. Letting the chlorine sit for hours in your hair will likely double the damaging effect of the sun rays and chemicals. Salt water can bleach out hair, so if you want to avoid lightened, dry locks, it is better to rinse your hair as soon as possible.

Tip #2 Condition it

Provide your mane with the moisture and lasting love by applying a leave-in conditioner. You can choose a product designed for your hair type or the one suitable for any hair. If you’re into DIY and you’re the type of person that likes to know exactly what’s in your conditioner then try an avocado/yogurt treatment. Mash the avocado well and stir in the yogurt. You can even add honey if it’s raw organic. Then apply in sections. If you can Cover your head with a plastic cap or towel it will help even more by creating heat and allowing the conditioner to soak in even deeper. Leave on for at least 30 minutes and behold the softness.

Tip #3 Comb it

Don’t brush wet hair! Especially if you have a mane prone to tangling. However, if you use a wide toothed comb, you can quickly work your way through tangled locks.

Tip #4 Clarify it

After a long day at the beach or swimming pool, it’s time to clear away all residue build up (chlorine, sea salt, bits of lake life, etc). Provide your hair with clarifying treatment by using a clarifying shampoo or apple cider vinegar rinse. Clarifying your mane at least once a week is a good idea.

 

 

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14Aug/17

Before swimming protect your hair!

 

 

 

 

 

We’re in full swing of summer and we’ve been hitting the beach, pool, or local watering hole for fun and to get away from the heat.

Have you been protecting your hair? Women and men alike need to pay attention to their locks. Brittle ends, frizziness, or uneven color after dunking in chlorinated or salt water is a result of not protecting your hair.

We’ve put together a list to assist in protecting before and tomorrow we’ll have another article about how to protect after swimming.

#1 Braid it

If you don’t want a tangled mess braid your hair…but not too tight because that will have a counter-effect. If you are going to sunbathe, wear a hat and use a product with SPF.

Tip #2 Rinse it

A sure-bet way to fight damage is to prevent it. Your hair will soak chlorinated water and get brittle. Prevent and protect it by rinsing your hair before swimming with non-chlorinated fresh water. It’ll create a protective layer and prevent hair from soaking up every single chemical in the pool.

Tip #3 Oil it

Use olive oil or coconut oil. Apply a small amount of oil to your strands before swimming in a chlorinated pool or ocean, and you’ll provide your locks with a protective layer that keeps salt out.

Tip #4 Cap it

The tried and true method is to wear a swimming cap. I find it’s best to wet hair with a drop of oil so you don’t tear it while trying to protect when you’re putting on the cap. Plus, this will protect you in case water does get in.

 

 

 

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11Aug/17

Decorate your pool for a party…

There’s something so festive about a decorated pool. For a party or just for the fun of it.

Some of my favorite decor ideas are candles, balloons, twinkle lights on the surrounding trees, fountains, flower petals floating everywhere and of course fireworks.

I’ve even seen some floating letters with the names of a newly engaged couple or the name of the birthday boy or girl, or a new graduate spelled out and it’s lovely

Or, how about bouquets of flowers gently kissing the pool’s surface.

Another beautiful statement would be to set up a votive-lit tent near the pool with some path candles leading the way to door decorated with flowers and the trees filled  with twinkle lights.

Sounds magical.

I think it’s time to throw another party!

 

Photos: google image, pinterest

10Aug/17

High-end pool toys

 

Wanna have more fun in your pool? (As if it wasn’t fun enough on its own… right??) Well we found tons of pool toys on the market and narrowed it down to this high-end list for you, so you can go to that next level of pool enjoyment.

The Aqua sofa. It’s a luxury floating lounger that you can use on a deck or in the pool. Sofa includes 3 matching pillows, a deluxe air pump and a carrying bag. It’s actually fabric covered which makes it even more comfortable than lying hot and sweaty on vinyl or plastic. It can hold up to 3 adults.

How about an underwater propulsion scooter. Kids can enjoy a whole new style of waterborne fun with the Underwater Propulsion Scooter. It features a lightweight, child-friendly design with protective grilles, auto shutoff, dual-trigger controls and positive buoyancy. Propels swimmers around the pool or lake at up to two miles an hour, and can dive down to 15 feet.

The Wireless Bluetooth Outdoor Party Speaker is a must-have for every backyard get-together. This weather-resistant indoor/outdoor speaker packs a powerful 10 Watt punch, plus multiple LED lighting modes to set the mood. Pairs easily with all iPhones, iPads, Samsung Galaxies and all other Android devices for over 12 hours of wireless music on a full charge.

Then there’s the waterproof action camera: Bring your music out on the water… without using a phone or a standard camera.s The Waterproof Action Camera and Music Player is the only speaker that can play all of your music, completely independent of your phone. Simply connect it via Wi-Fi and download your music onto the speaker. Then, take the speaker out to the pool or lake while your phone stays safely behind. It even has a built in 5MP camera to make cool videos and selfies of your adventures.

Make a splash with this rechargeable pool fountain with light show. It reflects vivid colors that can enhance any pool. The pool floor is illuminated while water gracefully projects out of the unit as it floats above the water and throws light and color onto the bottom and sides of the pool while shooting colored lit water into the air. The lighting coverage ranges from 10 to 15 feet.

Bring the waterpark to your back yard with the G-Force 2 Super Pool Slide. It stands 6 ft. 6 inches tall and gives you all the fun of the water park experience without the long lines. It features a one of a kind 360 degree design that delivers a fast and fun ride. Powered by the revolutionary “Zoom Flume” water delivery system that creates 35 gallons per minute of water flow. Safety minded design incorporates a runway with extra high sidewalls, and five oversize treaded safety steps for easy accessibility. It comes with a do-it-yourself installation kit, including concrete deck anchors, plumbing and hardware.

You’re all set. Now go have (more) fun.

 

 

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08Aug/17

Home spas. Yes please!

Spas are proven to have many health benefits. Homeowners are realizing that upscale home spas are quickly becoming less of a luxury and more of a must-have in a lot of home projects. Just think about the time and money you’ll save on going away for a spa weekend or even getting a massage locally. Who wouldn’t want to invest in the same me-time for their own home and have access 24/7? Turn every day into a spa day.

Jet tubs, saunas, steam rooms and the like are enabling homeowners to create a zen-like retreat in the comfort of their own home. You can convert a bathroom into a healthy environment or build-out additional space. A lot of people only think of this when they’re installing a backyard pool, but anytime is the right time for installing a home spa.

And what about those health benefits you ask? Well, a study at Great Britain’s Loughborough University found that a hot bath offers similar benefits to exercise. Researchers found that people who sat in warm baths for one hour burned 140 calories! The same amount of calories as study participants who walked for 30 minutes. Now don’t give up your daily stroll in lieu of a bubble bath—researchers recommend using hydrotherapy only as a supplement to your exercise routine, not as a replacement…but, nice to know there’s less guilt if you miss a day of running or pilates!

Doctor’s Health Press revealed that Epsom salt can be used to provide an added health boost during hydrotherapy. Epsom-salt baths can be used to treat pain and muscle cramps, stress, insomnia and poor circulation. It’s also been shown to eliminate toxins and regulate electrolytes to ensure proper muscle and nerve function.

Saunas and steam rooms can also have health boosting benefits. Web MD says sauna therapy at the right temp can have dramatic and positive effects on people’s health. Japanese researchers report that Dry sauna baths help the heart the same way exercise does.

But, hold on! That doesn’t mean you should just sit around and bake yourself. There’s got to be a balance. Good exercise that your doc approves and an at-home spa with extras like a dry sauna or a steam room or a hot tub can greatly reduce disease and anxiety. Let the pampering begin.