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Make Your Life Fun With An Above-Ground Pool

Make Your Life Fun With An Above-Ground Pool

Swimming is an activity that we all love. It relaxes you as you have fun. One of the greatest benefits of swimming is that it lowers stress and depression that may be caused by frustrations in school and the workplace. According to the Huffington Post, there are an estimated 350 million people in the world who suffer depression. In America alone, up to 50% of these people do not seek medical help. Engaging in fun activities such as swimming could help cure depression. The sound of gurgling water, people laughing and your breathing helps to calm your nerves. Swimming is also an all-around form of exercise. Most people take up swimming for fitness. Paddling water with your arms and legs flexes and strengthens your muscles. It keeps you healthy and your weight in check hence guarding against chronic illness such as diabetes and heart disease. The activity also enables you to spend quality time with your family and friends.

Many people frequent the beach to swim in the warm ocean waters while others have in-ground swimming pools in their homes. What if these two options are not available to you? This is where above-ground pools come in handy. Above-ground pools, as the name suggests are swimming pools that have their base on the ground level. Statistics show that these types of pools are quite popular these days. Of all the pool owners in the United States alone, 47.1% have above-ground pools as compared to 50.6% with in-ground pools. In an above-ground pool, a surrounding structure, usually circular in shape holds the water in place. The pools are made of a combination of materials such as rubber, plastic, planks of wood, thin sheets of steel and metal frames that are assembled on site. The best above-ground pools are lightweight, have stable metal frames to support the structure with heights that do not exceed the waist level of an adult. Above-ground pools are very beneficial for a number of reasons. They are;

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  • Cheap: The materials used to make them are ordinary, cheap to maintain and replace.
  • Movable: After disassembling you can easily transport the materials used to make the pool from one home to another.
  • Safe: The walls of the pool are mostly made of rubber or soft plastic. If you happen to slip and fall, there is no danger of hurting yourself. The pools are not deep and therefore the risk of drowning is greatly reduced. They are safe for your kids and pets to swim in.
  • Easy to set up: With most of them requiring just one day of assembling and hardly any professional help. This means that you can move with your pool wherever you go, and you can deconstruct the pool to create space for a different activity.

Some of the best above-ground pools in the market are rectangular, oval or round shaped with custom ladders for toddlers climb in and out. They are accessorized with;

  • Pool chlorinators that automatically put chemicals in the water to disinfect the dirt that goes into the pool.
  • Pool pumps that move the water around for the purpose of cleaning.
  • Pool heaters that raise the temperature of the water when the weather is too cold.
  • Pool vacuums that remove solid materials from the water. These could include leaves that fall off trees, dirt and algae that may begin growing on the walls and floors of the pool.

What to look for when selecting your above-ground pool

When buying an above-ground pool, pay attention to size and shape. You want it to fit the space you plan to place it just right. If your space is narrow, an oval pool might be a suitable choice. How your pool would look like should be determined by the size and shape of your yard. For a rectangular space, choose a rectangular pool and for a circular space choose a circular pool. This would ensure that there is enough walking space around and that the pool is in harmony with the surrounding architecture.

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    Where to place your above-ground pool

    The best place to place your pool is in your backyard. This would ensure that your living room all the way to your driveway would be shielded from the noise coming from the pool. Ensure that your backyard has a flat slope so that the pool would not be tilting and water dripping out from one end. The pool should also be in a location of direct sunlight to provide naturally heating to the water so that it is warm and pleasant to swim in.

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    Enjoying Swimming with family

      Maintenance of above-ground pools is easily achieved by constructing a fence around them to guard against physical damage. Above-ground pools vary in sizes and have many features to select from. They are guaranteed to offer you the swimming experience of your life.

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      Featured photo credit: Chris Grazioli via flickr.com

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      How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

      How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

      You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

      We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

      The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

      Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

      1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

      Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

      For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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      • (1) Research
      • (2) Deciding the topic
      • (3) Creating the outline
      • (4) Drafting the content
      • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
      • (6) Revision
      • (7) etc.

      Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

      2. Change Your Environment

      Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

      One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

      3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

      Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

      Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

      My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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      Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

      4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

      If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

      Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

      I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

      5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

      I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

      Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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      As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

      6. Get a Buddy

      Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

      I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

      7. Tell Others About Your Goals

      This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

      For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

      8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

      What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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      9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

      If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

      Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

      10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

      Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

      Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

      11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

      At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

      Reality check:

      I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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