If you like to cook, you know that becomes increasingly difficult over the summer months because just using the stove, let alone, the oven, strains your air conditioner and heats up your house.

In addition, if you like to entertain, you might find your guests pushing the limits of your inside space. The answer for both is the outdoor kitchen.

In this article, we look at why you need an outdoor kitchen and how it can benefit your lifestyle. Read more

If you have problems sleeping, the last thing you probably want to here is that you need more of it. This is something you already know!

What’s more, the harder you chase sleep, the more elusive it becomes.  While sleep can’t be forced, there are things you can do to help it happen. For example, one of the best things you can do is reduce or eliminate stress.

Why? Because stress is the thief of sleep. Read more

The Mayo Clinic says, “swimming may be the best workout you aren’t doing.”

In fact, they call the swimming pool “the great equalizer,” where people of all ages and abilities can get in a fun workout.

Did you know that workout can consist of much more than swimming laps? Even if you aren’t a swimming, there’s a pool exercise for you. The folks at the Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program recommend using the pool to explore both aerobics and resistance training.

In this article, we look at how the pool is a great place to burn calories in more ways than one.

Swimming is Low Impact

Swimming is especially easy on the joints. Not only does swimming burn calories, but it’s so low impact anyone can do it. From children to seniors, swimming has something to offer anyone, even those recovering from injuries and suffering from arthritis.

Swimming is Good for Your Whole Body

Many of us do multiple exercises. You may run and lift weights, or add core on some days.

With swimming, you’ve got the whole body covered: arms, legs, core, and cardio. You’ll burn calories like no other sport.

And, if you tire of swimming laps, you can add in resistance training and even water aerobics.

You Get Cardio and Strength Training in the Pool

Not only do you get a cardiovascular workout, but you get strength training whenever you are moving in the pool. Because the water makes you feel light, you can take care of bones, muscles, and joints while you work out with a resistance workout.

Water is Often Recommended

Doctors and physical therapists often recommend swimming as the perfect calorie-burning exercise that is safe to do when recovering from an injury.

It’s often the workout of choice for elite athletes, too.

You can swim, walk in the water, jog in place, tread water, use weight training, or even get out the paddleboard.

Water is Therapeutic

Just like a hot tub, the water in your swimming pool is therapeutic. It just feels good to be in a pool, so swimming can boost endorphins and make you feel so much better every day.

Water is Resistant

Since water is nearly 800 times denser than air, you can build muscles faster as you glide through the water. Some experts even believe water workouts are more effective at building muscles than land workouts.

Water Buoyancy Protects You

It’s fun to be weightless, and the buoyancy of the water helps anyone with an injury and those with chronic illness. People over  50 appreciate aquatic exercise as it’s easier on the joints.

Final Thoughts

Mix up your pool workout. Swim some laps, use weights, or just use the water for some deep end jogging. You can even jump out and do some pushups, planks and lunges.

Explore your pool, check YouTube for water workout videos, and you’ll soon find you’re well on your way to burning more calories and having a blast doing it!

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You know it’s time for a pool party as the kids are heading back to school.

Just because the school doors are opening, it doesn’t mean summer pool fun is over. You’ve got plenty of days of beautiful, warm weather left.

To help you throw the best shindig, we’ve put together some back to school pool party planning ideas, just for you. Read more

Love swimming but want to add some variety to your exercise routine? Try water aerobics! It’s a great way to enjoy the benefits of a strenuous workout without stressing or injuring your body!

Not only is water aerobics a great cardio exercise, but it provides strength-resistance training that is gentle on your joints. The water’s buoyancy makes aerobic exercises, stretches, and other movements easier on your body, so you eenjooy a great workout with less pain.

Let’s get moving with water aerobics. Read more

If you’re like most of us, you have a kitchen full of pots and pans. What’s more, you maybe use three or four of them, and the rest are sitting there making access to the rest of your pans difficult. Read more

It can be easy to overlook the cover lifter and steps when you’re first shopping for your new hot tub, but these are two essential accessories for every hot tub owner.

So, in answer to the question, “Do I really need a cover lifter and steps,” the answer is absolutely, yes, and here’s why. Read more

According to the American Chiropractic Association, worldwide, back pain is the single leading cause of disability, preventing many people from engaging in work as well as other everyday activities. In fact, back pain counts for more than 264 million lost work days in one year. Read more

Getting tired of the same old pool games? After all, you can only play Marco Polo and Red Light, Green Light so long.

After looking all over the Internet for some new creative games, we put together a list so you can refresh your summer pool games. Read more

It’s time to get planning for your holiday pool party and BBQ. If you want to make this party an event to remember, we’ve got all the tools you need for a stellar bash.

Here are all the ingredients for the best Fourth of July pool party and BBQ! Read more