Monthly Archives: September 2014

Pools of the World: Top 7 Impressive Swimming Spots

Fancy a swim? Check out our pick of the 7 most impressive swimming spots in the world. Whether you’re a safari fan or a pro on the ski slopes, we have found a dream spot for you.

 Indoor pool The Zodiac Pool – Umaid Bhawan Palace, India Inside this 5 star hotel is an indoor art deco pool finished in 1943. As well as being covered in gold tiles, this luxurious pool has the twelve signs of the Zodiac painted on the pool bottom. (source: Wikimedia)
 Outdoor pool One & Only Reethi Rah Resort, Maldives The One & Only Reethi Rah Resort is known as one of the most picturesque resorts in the Maldives’. Situated on unspoilt beaches and surrounded by the islands’ lagoon, this pool sets a new standard for extravagance. (source: Flickr)
 sanctuary pool Sanctuary Swala, Tanzania You can find this amazing pool in the Tarangire National Park. Sit back and relax while you watch the elephants and antelope enjoying the adjacent watering hole. (source: cdn travel)
 Paresa Phuket Paresa Resort, Thailand Overlooking the Andaman Sea, this infinity pool offers the ultimate in al fresco luxury. (source: Paresa Phuket)
 golden pool The St. Regis, Lhasa, Tibet Tibet’s newest resort features this spectacular indoor pool. Guests are able to unwind in opulence in this gold-plated, decadent attraction. (source: cdn travel)
 the cambrian The Cambrian, Switzerland Chill out after a big day on the slopes of the Swiss Alps in this picturesque heated outdoor pool. To add to the luxury, the pool features underwater massaging jets. (source: cdn travel)
 Andrew 'Boy' Charlton pool, Sydney Andrew Boy Charlten Pool, Australia Right in our own backyard, this pool includes the breathtaking Sydney Harbour view. This 8 lane, 50 metre public pool is full of activity during the summer months. (source: the Guardian.com)

 

 

 

 

Swim for Fitness

As the weather starts to warm up, those winter treats now seem to have been a bad idea. It’s time to get fit for the summer and what better way than in the pool! Just 30 to 45 minutes of swimming will start the body toning process, so what are you waiting for?

Young Athlete Triathlon In Front Of A Sunrise

WHAT ARE THE FITNESS BENEFITS OF SWIMMING?

A half-hour swim can burn the same amount of calories as an hour-long brisk walk. Getting toned through swimming is easier because unlike some other forms of exercise, swimming uses both upper and lower body muscles. Other benefits include:

  • Water is twelve times denser than air, so moving through it makes your muscles work harder and results in a more intense workout
  • You weigh less in the water so swimming enables you to work muscles you haven’t used in a while
  • Because swimming is an aerobic exercise, it serves to strengthen the heart, not only helping it to become larger, but making it more efficient in pumping too.

But, just like any exercise, the key is a gradual build up. Remember to stretch before and after. Stretching in the pool is beneficial as you will retain more balance.

OK, I’M CONVINCED. WHAT DO I NEED TO START?

If you’re ready to take the plunge, you will need to equip yourself with the following things:

  • A Pool – if you are lucky enough to own your own, clear out the toys and get it exercise ready! If not, then find your local public pool. Local gyms and universities might have a pool too.
  • Exercise-Appropriate Swimsuit – Swimming laps calls for a streamlined swimsuit, no fiddly bikinis or baggy boardshorts allowed. You need a swimsuit with good support and that fits snuggly against your skin, with a zero percent chance of slipping off mid-swim.
  • Goggles – These are handy for keeping the burning chlorine out of your eyes and therefore, let you swim for longer. The temporary Goggle-eye indent is well worth it.
  • Swimming Cap – Think of your fellow pool users for this one. Keep your hair to yourself and also out of your way while you’re in the pool.
  • Swimming Accessories – Public pools and gyms usually have this stuff on hand for you. Kickboards, pull buoys, paddles and other equipment. If you’re at home, then only pick up what you find essential for your everyday routines.

MORE INFO PLEASE

Need some extra oomph to get you going? Try taking some swimming lessons or water aerobics classes at your local gym or pool. There are also private swimming instructors if you prefer a one-to-one lesson.

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Eight tips to have a more eco-friendly pool and pool area!

Eco friendly poolThe fact of having a pool itself can be perceived as not environmentally friendly. But the thing is, you can implement little changes that will minimise the environmental impact of your pool. Here is how:

1. We first recommend you use a pool cover in order to limit evaporation and keep your water quite warm, meaning you don’t have to use the heater as much. An additional advantage of this first tip is that it will reduce your energy bills!

2. Another technique to prevent water evaporation is to install a windbreak around your pool. Most pool owners install a fence around their pools for security reasons, so why not make the most of them and add panels to the fence to prevent the wind from causing excessive evaporation?!

3. Make sure you use an energy efficient pump to keep the running time as its lowest level: no waste of energy! You can use a timer to do most of the pump work in the evenings when you get rate breaks.

4. Choose the right filter according to your pool – you may choose a cartridge one – and do not over use it.

5. Do not waste rainwater but set-up an easy system to collect the rainwater and drive it to your pool to top it up. Do not forget to test and add the right amount of chemicals when adding some water though. You want to be eco-friendly but you do not want to pass on crystal clear water.

6. Just like you, we love having our pool lights on but don’t forget to switch them off when you’re not in the pool anymore. We usually forget this, but it can save you and the planet a lot. You can even consider a timer that will automatically turn off the lights each night at a set time.

7. Solar heating is an obvious environmentally friendly choice over conventional heaters. The initial investment is higher but solar heating is a more cost effective option in the long term as it uses less electricity.

8. And finally, be regular about pool maintenance to make sure the basics such as cleaning the pump or the filter are taken care off. This way, your pool system will have to work less and you won’t waste any energy.

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