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Summer Fun With Backyard Above Ground Pools

Whether you're dreaming of lounging pool side on a peaceful Saturday afternoon, playing water volleyball with family and friends or entertaining at a summer time party, the fun starts when you start checking out backyard above ground pools.

An above ground backyard pool presents a number of great advantages, beginning with price. Typically, they are ten times less than any in ground swimming pool. Another great advantage is that they are easy to disassemble and do not call for a long term commitment from you. Also, installing one, in most cases won't raise your property taxes. In most cities, an above ground backyard pool isn't seen as a permanent structure.

The quality of backyard pools has improved considerably throughout the years, meaning you now have a lot more shapes and sizes to pick from than ever before. You can even improve upon your backyard pool area by adding a wooden or aluminum deck around it to further customize your pool area to suit your taste. They are also less difficult to clean and keep up because in most cases they are smaller than in ground pools. Most importantly, above ground pools are safer. To stop access, all you need to do is remove the ladder.

If you are apprehensive about the look of an above ground backyard pool you should visit your neighborhood pool store to see check out your options. In the past, backyard above ground pools were known by their metallic look, however today's models are customizable and attractive. You'll be able to pick from a variety of colors as well as liner patterns. Todays backyard pool manufacturers are creating materials which blend durability and quality with visual beauty.

Backyard above ground pools, which are crafted with commercial strength aluminum or steel and extremely strong resin, are uniquely covered with numerous layers to face up to corrosion, marring, and additionally UV rays, but they're also available in a lot of wonderful, attractive patterns and colors.

In some cases the resilience and aesthetic perks of backyard pools is still a problem for some individuals, however for people on a budget they're a great alternative. The best part about an above ground backyard pool is that they are portable. If you move, the pool can go with you and if you simply get tired of it taking up space, you can take it down for awhile or even sell it.

Another option for homeowners who have reservations about backyard pools is that their top of the line assembly abilities along with their corrosion resistance can make it feasible for an above ground backyard pool to be installed as a semi in ground pool. For more on this option, consult with your local pool store.

Today's backyard above ground pools provide endurance and appeal at affordable prices. They are the perfect solution for those fun, warm summer days playing outside, making it affordable to spend time relaxing by your backyard pool.


The Health Benefits to Using a Sauna

There are many benefits to owning a sauna. Aside from the relaxation and enjoyment one can provide, it has also proven to be advantageous to one's health. Because the health benefits to owning a sauna are numerous, you might consider installing one in your home. This will prevent you from having to drive to a facility that has one, and will make it easier for you to use it on a more regular basis. This article outlines some of those health benefits, and why they are so important.

One of the main health benefits to owning a sauna is that using it rids your body of unwanted materials and helps to improve overall circulation. This is because the heat increases circulation near the skin and causes you to sweat. This is what helps rid the body of all the unwanted materials. This is not only good for your body internally, but will also benefit your skin as well.

Another health benefit to owning a sauna is that it can help prevent heart disease. Many medical professionals who have studied the benefits of saunas over the past several years now believe that a sauna can benefit your heart in much the same was as actual exercise. This is because repeated sauna use can improve blood vessel function, which, in turn results in overall improvement in cardiac function.

A third benefit to owning a sauna is that using steam and heat can also act as an immune system stimulant. There is evidence that using a sauna can act as such a stimulant by increasing the number of white blood cells in the body. This helps to stimulate overall healing to the immune system, and can often help prevent various illnesses that may occur.

Since many viruses cannot survive in environments over 80 degree Fahrenheit,
Constant use of a sauna can help kill them before they are allowed to grow. At the very least, the sauna can help to reduce their growth rate, which will also make the healing process faster, and prevent further infection.

There are many advantages to installing a sauna in your home. Whether you decide on an in-door or an out-door sauna, the health benefits described above will still apply. By owning one, you will be more likely to reap these benefits on a more regular basis, and can enjoy doing so from the comforts of your own home.


Running Tips - Beware The Hot Tub After A Long Run

Many runners head to the hot tub after they've completed a hard race or a long run. They think that a nice long, hot soak is what they need. Actually, this is one of the worse things that they can do. And, I'll admit it. I used to finish up a long run and head up to my Jacuzzi tub, fill it up with hot water, get the jets going and then soak and soak and soak. I really didn't think that I was doing anything wrong. Then, I did a little research.

After a hard workout, such as a race or long run, your joints, tissues and muscles will be inflamed. If you sit in a hot tub or use a heating pad, you bring more blood flow to those areas and they will become even more inflamed. So, even though that nice, hot bath may sound like a good idea - and possibly even feel good at the time, it's not a good idea and can actually increase the time needed to get over the workout.

Another reason to skip the hot tub or hot bath is because of hydration. When you are finished with your workout, you will probably be a little dehydrated, whether you think you are or not. If you jump into a hot tub, you may get even more dehydrated - again, not a good thing!

What you can do to help with the healing process is an ice bath. To do an ice bath, fill up your tub with cold water and then put 5 pounds of ice in it. You want to stay in the ice bath for 10 minutes.

If you just can't stand the thought of soaking in an ice bath (and I'm definitely one of you), you can use ice packs or even packs of frozen veggies on your sore areas. You will want to do this for about 15 minutes. The ice will help relieve the soreness and the inflammation of those joints. This, then, in turn will speed up your recovery.

But, don't think that you have to give up your hot tub altogether. After your run, do your cool down. Ice those sore muscles and drink lots to water to get rehydrated. Then, after an hour to hour and a half - it's alright to get in the hot tub. Just make sure that you are cool down properly before you indulge yourself with your soak.


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