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A Swimming Pool That Belongs To The Sky

A Swimming Pool That Belongs To The Sky

You’ve heard of sky diving but…have you heard of sky swimming?

Introducing 3 SKY POOLS that will give a whole new meaning to the pastime “sky diving” and show you sky swimming at its most exciting – or should that be terrifying?

This floating-in-the-air experience seems to be gaining popularity.

Let’s explore what is being described as an architecturally magnificent design concept currently taking hold in three cities of the world – London, Singapore and Surat (India).

1. London

A luxurious $1.6 billion apartment development project has been given the green light in central London. Developers plan to construct a transparent aquarium-like pool that will actually “hang” 10 stories above ground level. The concept has been designed to give swimmers the sensation of “floating through the air“.

For the experience of enjoying a new type of sky diving, as well as swimming/floating in the sky, owners of the new apartments will pay handsomely. The smallest apartments could set them back approximately $1 million. But the cost will be worth the exhilarating feel that will accompany a float in mid-air while cooling off on a hot summer day.  Well, won’t it?

Expect to move in to these luxurious apartments in 2018.

Want to float high above central London? You’ll gain a stunningly unique perspective on the workaday world far below.

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    image courtesy of Ballymore Group

    Gain access to this spectacular glass pool from your $1million+ decadently-designed unit that looks out over the south Thames district.

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      Can you in your wildest dreams imagine looking 10 stories straight down, while swimming in a suspended, transparent sky pool?

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        image courtesy of Ballymore Group

        2. Singapore

        Sky Habitat, due to be completed in 2016, consists of two tiered 38 storey towers. What is the most noteworthy feature of the twin apartment blocks? Yes, you’re right – a sky pool bridge.

        The luxurious 50-metre pool doesn’t boast a glass bottom as the London structure will. However, the uniqueness of the Sky Habitat’s pool lies in its ability to act as a bridge connecting two condo towers at the 38th level.

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        For those not willing to venture into the elevated pool, you’ll be catered for too. A ground level pool will be constructed also.

        If you want to enjoy amazing views of Singapore while swimming in a luxurious sky pool, this might be the place for you.

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          image courtesy of safdie architects / sky habitat

          Do you have a head for heights?  You’ll need it, to venture into this sky pool. First, though, you’ll have to reside in one of the 509 apartments in the Sky Habitat complex.

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            Here’s your opportunity to swim from one tall tower to the other, 38 stories above ground level.

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              image courtesy of safdie architects / sky habitat

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              3. Surat

              India currently is constructing an entirely transparent sky pool as part of its five-tower Twilight Star development in Surat. (The port city of Surat is located in the western part of the Gulf of Bombay.)

              So what’s unique about this particular attraction? Well, it is 12 storeys up. However, its outstanding feature is the cantilevered design. The pool extends beyond the facade of the building so swimmers can definitely feel that they’re floating in mid-air. “There is no visual barrier between the edge of the pool and the city beyond.”

              The sky pool’s glass bottom will add another luxury component to this already feature-filled residential project.

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                image courtesy of 7 Star / Black Ink

                Afraid of heights? Possibly you’ll be enjoying yourself too much, in this extraordinary sky pool, to be bothered by the height above ground.

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                  image courtesy of 7 Star / Black Ink

                  Want to swim and float over the city of Surat? Well, maybe not, but this sky pool terrace boasts a walking track and a terrace cafe. Either way, you’re catered for.

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                    Are swimming pools that belong to the sky the design of the future?

                    Around the world can be found many interesting and daring balcony pools, infinity pools, glass-bottomed cantilevered pools jutting out from buildings, and a variety of hanging or suspended pools in the sky. All allow swimmers to be incorporated into the environment – that’s if you’re adventurous enough.

                    Possibly the next design craze to sweep the world will be the fully transparent sky pool bridge. We have just seen artists’ impressions of several that are already under construction.

                    Sky pool bridges will definitely incorporate character and decadence into future apartment complex living. However, users will require an audacious spirit. Will you be a sky pool fan of the future?

                    Featured photo credit: Ballymore Group London via today.com

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                    Last Updated on May 21, 2020

                    The Top Fad Diets That Are Actually Worth the Hype

                    The Top Fad Diets That Are Actually Worth the Hype

                    You have probably seen enough fad diets to last a lifetime. Many have become popular overnight and left just as quickly.

                    Some fad diets, though, have actually passed the test of time and are making some headway in the nutritional world.

                    Outlined below are four fad diets that are actually beneficial for your health and wellness. Read on to find out why you should consider adopting one (or more) of these healthy eating styles today.

                    An important concept you should keep in mind is to disregard the term “diet” as it is typically used. The word diet implies the idea of restriction and removal. Instead, think of the word diet in this context as a healthy eating lifestyle.

                    Let’s take a look at some of these healthy eating lifestyles that have been categorized, by no fault of their own, as fad diets.

                    1. The Paleo Diet

                    The paleo diet, or ancestral eating, is simply eating the way your paleolithic ancestors would have up to 10,000 years ago, or when the agriculture age began.

                    The advantage now is you don’t have to do this in a loin cloth, unless you want to… The focus of this diet is proteins, vegetables, some fruits, nuts and seeds and some healthy fats.

                    In the paleo diet, there aren’t any grains, starchy carbohydrates, sugars, or dairy.

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                    How Your Health Can Change With Paleo

                    The paleo diet is a good way to keep your blood sugar under control. It can also have a positive effect on type 2 diabetes, and can lower your risk of cardiovascular disease.

                    With this healthy eating lifestyle, people have also achieved good weight loss results and boast improved energy levels. [1]

                    It’s not just what’s in the paleo diet that’s important, it’s what’s NOT in it. There aren’t any processed and manufactured foods, junk foods, artificial ingredients or chemical additives.

                    Paleo is a way of eating that gets you more in tune with your body and, therefore, can provide a lot of benefits.

                    2. Whole30

                    The Whole30 diet is relatively new and owes its popularity to social media and the #Whole30 Instagram hashtag that allowed people to share and broadcast their success with the diet.

                    With Whole30 you are taking 30 days and focusing on nutritious whole foods such as meats, nuts and seeds, seafood, eggs, vegetables, and fruits.

                    During the month you are eliminating:

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                    • sugar
                    • alcohol
                    • legumes
                    • grains
                    • dairy
                    • soy

                    Whole30 is similar to paleo, but it goes a bit further eliminating sweeteners such as honey or maple syrup.

                    At the end of the 30 days, you strategically reintroduce those eliminated foods back into your diet to discover any possibility of health consequences from them or even potential food allergies.

                    Finding Out How Food Impacts You

                    Most people eat the same things so often and may not realize that certain foods are causing health consequences, as they’ve become accustomed to feeling lethargic and run down.

                    With Whole30 you get the chance to see how these foods may have a negative impact on your body. You’ll also reset your taste buds, which may have become desensitized from processed and artificial “foods” and excess salt.

                    This diet will help you regain your love of food… in a healthy way!

                    3. The Mediterranean Diet

                    The Mediterranean diet has been at the top of the list as a very effective diet for some time now.

                    For people in countries like Italy or Greece, this has simply been a normal way of life–along with higher activity levels, sunlight exposure, proximity to water, and lower stress.

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                    With the Mediterranean diet, the focus is on heart-healthy foods. It looks like this:

                    • Fruits & vegetables
                    • Whole grains
                    • Legumes & nuts
                    • Replacing butter with olive oil
                    • Using herbs and spices instead of salt
                    • Eating fish and poultry at least twice a week
                    • Moderate amounts of red wine

                    Help Your Heart & Overall Health With A Mediterranean Diet

                    Information from the Mayo Clinic shows that this diet reduces heart disease and lowers your “bad” LDL cholesterol. Studies involving 1.5 million people demonstrated that the Mediterranean diet was associated with a reduced risk of cardiovascular mortality, along with overall mortality. [2]

                    With all these benefits, this is definitely a “fad diet” that’s worth the hype.

                    4. The Alkaline Diet

                    The alkaline diet is about changing the foods you eat so that you put your body into an alkaline state and out of an acidic state. When your body is too far on the acidic side it can result in a condition called acidosis. This can lead to issues in your body such as upset stomach, breathing difficulties, headaches, weakness and, fatigue. In extreme cases, it can result in shock, coma, or death.

                    The goal is to get your body in a more alkaline state, which results in overall better health. The focus is on including alkaline boosting foods such as fruits, nuts, vegetables, and legumes. You’re also wanting to reduce acidic foods such as low quality beef and poultry, dairy, eggs, grains, and alcohol.

                    Pros & Cons With The Alkaline Diet

                    The benefits that come from this way of eating is that reduction in inferior quality foods, processed items and alcohol. You may feel improved energy levels, mental clarity and even better joint health.

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                    People also report weight loss but again this may come from the reduction in calories from junk and processed foods but this is not a bad thing at all.

                    One con with this diet is that the pH value of the food you eat might not have an impact on blood pH, as your body is able to balance this pretty well on a day-to-day basis.

                    Follow These Fads for Better Health and Wellness

                    There can be a danger in categorizing things as a fad diet because fads come and go. People are always looking for the next big thing or a quick fix.

                    The four examples above buck that status quo. These diets, though mainstream, actually can give you benefits and aren’t going to go away anytime soon because they work.

                    What makes these diets special is that they boast real whole foods and the eliminate processed and manufactured junk.

                    The Big Takeaway:

                    Whatever way you choose to eat, the focus needs to be on whole unprocessed foods. Look for the cleanest, local and most natural things you can find for the benefit of your overall health and wellness. Your body and mind will thank you.

                    Featured photo credit: Dan Gold via unsplash.com

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