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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 Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

      How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

      Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

      If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

      1. Breathe

      The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

      • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
      • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
      • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

      Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

      2. Loosen up

      After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

      Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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      3. Chew slowly

      Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

      Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

      Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

      4. Let go

      Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

      The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

      It’s not. Promise.

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      Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

      Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

      21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

      5. Enjoy the journey

      Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

      Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

      6. Look at the big picture

      The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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      Will this matter to me…

      • Next week?
      • Next month?
      • Next year?
      • In 10 years?

      Hint: No, it won’t.

      I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

      Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

      7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

      You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

      Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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      8. Practice patience every day

      Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

      • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
      • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
      • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

      Final thoughts

      Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

      Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

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