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How to Get in Shape in your Swimming Pool

Town & Country Pool Builders offer get in shape in your swimming pool tips

When you exercise in your family swimming pool, there are many instances where it just doesn’t feel like exercise at all. That’s great, especially if you want to get your children to be healthier without having to tell them that they are exercising. Sneaking exercise into a fun time in the pool is easier than sneaking vegetables into their meals and snacks, right? One of the biggest reasons that swimming in your family pool is a great way to get into an exercise routine is because you won’t have to deal with crowds at the public pool nor will you have to work around the schedule at a public pool — you can swim whenever you want.

Why is a swim workout ideal for so many people for so many reasons?  It’s a great way to get a cardiac and lung-healthy workout in without putting undue stress on your bones and joints. Prior to jumping into any workout routine you may want to talk with your family physician to make certain you are healthy enough to do so and he may have suggestions on ideal exercise routines you can enjoy.

Here from the swimming pool contractors from Town & Country Pool Builders, who serve homeowners in DC, Maryland & Virginia are reasons why pool exercising is great for the entire family:

  1. Aerobic exercise can prevent heart disease. To get an actual workout in you need to work hard enough to raise your hear rate. One way to do that is to run in place in the water. Swimming laps will do the same.  Working against the pressure of the water provides a heart-healthy workout and one that can be done without fear of injury to your knees or back because of the natural buoyancy of the water. Swimming works your entire body.
  2. The weightless environment of water lets a back pain sufferer enjoy a pain-free workout. Swimming strengthens your core and that supports your back and relieves pain.
  3. Use your swimming pool to amp up your strength training and enhance your endurance without having to lift weights. Swim fins can build strength in your arms and your legs — depending on where you wear them! For example, if you’re a tennis player, put swim fins on your arms and move them through the water to help build muscle. Ask us about other workout equipment that you can use in your pool and incorporate into your swim workout to get the most of your time in the water.
  4. Arthritis sufferers can find relief from pain and swollen joints in a swimming pool. The simple act of movement will loosen joints and relieve pain and pressure. Stronger muscles take pressure off your joints. The water’s buoyancy, again, makes exercise easier for those suffering from arthritis and might decrease swelling and pain.

If “getting in shape” was on your list of New Year’s Resolutions, turn to your swimming pool to do just that. If you haven’t made the decision on becoming a pool owner yet, this might be the impetus you were looking for!

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Is it time for a swimming pool renovation?

Town & Country Pool Builders offer pool renovation tip sheet

Your swimming pool, because you will spend so much time in it will eventually be in need of a renovation. When that time comes you may wonder:

  1. What are things I definitely need to do for my pool
  2. What are items I just want to do for my pool

In the northeast you need to consider that your pool will be subject to sometimes extreme shifts in weather and temperatures and this can take a toll on your swimming pool and its structure.

How will you know, though, when the time for a renovation project is on the horizon? Here are some items your pool contractor from Town and Country Pool Builders say you should consider:

  • Are the swimming pool tiles worn and slippery? Smooth tiles are a sign of the passage of time. One of the main reasons for a renovation project is to address safety issues.
  • Harsh weather leads to cracked tiles. Another good reason to keep your swimming pool covered when not in use and in the winter.
  • Is your existing pool too large or too small? Changes in the size of your family and the usage of the pool may lead to a renovation project. For example, if you can’t comfortably swim laps, it might be time to extend the length or width of your pool. This is a bigger undertaking, but might be something to consider.
  • If you bought your home and the pool came with it, you may want to renovate to make it more your own. Add a fountain, hot tub or a tanning shelf.
  • You want to upgrade or turn an end of the pool into a grotto by adding a rock waterfall or an overhang.
  • The pool equipment may be outdated and not as energy efficient as you’d like and that is an ideal reason to renovate and upgrade.

A renovation can be a major undertaking and that means you will want to plan it so you don’t lose too much summer swim time, this is especially true if you live in an area of the country where the summers are not all that long.

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Three Swimming Pool Safety Tips

Town & Country Swimming Pool Builders in DC offer pool safety tips

Being a swimming pool owner is a way to have fun in your backyard any time you want! Owning your own pool means you won’t have to fight the crowds at a beach or at public pools. It also means that you will have a staycation spot right out your back door.

If you do own a swimming pool you need to make certain the pool is as safe and secure as possible for all who live in the house. Here are tips for swimming pool safety from the swimming pool contractors from Town & Country Pool Builders.

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  1. A pool fence, this is a required piece of pool “equipment” in most municipalities across the country and each one will have its own set of rules to which your pool fence must adhere. Even if a pool fence is not required, you would be wise to construct one as part of your pool project. A fence can prevent accidents and drowning.
  2. Pool furniture is necessary around your swimming pool but you need to make certain it is not close to the edge of the swimming pool. It shouldn’t be set up like an “obstacle” course. Trips and falls can occur if the pool deck area is crowded and trip and fall could lead to someone falling into the swimming pool.
  3. Make certain your pool area is well lighted. You may also want to have lighting installed in your swimming pool, especially if you have a deep end. A lighted pool will help keep anyone who uses the pool safer,  this is true if you do a lot of night swimming. Consider having pool lighting installed if you haven’t already and make certain the outdoor living space and the deck area is well lit.

Talk with us if you’re looking for new ways to keep your pool as safe as it can be.

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Choosing a pool color

Town & Country Pool Builders discuss swimming pool color options

Is blue the only color you have to choose from for your swimming pool? The pool contractors from Town & Country Pools, serving Maryland, Virginia and DC say that is a resounding, “no.” There are so many colors from which to choose that your swimming pool color and design can be as unique as you and your family are. The color of your pool liner, gunite or fiberglass shell can, and should, reflect your landscape, your home and your personal taste.  pool colors

How to decide

When you think about your backyard living space and more specifically your swimming pool, what feeling do you want to elicit when you see it?  That it’s a natural part of the backyard? That it’s sophisticated and sleek? Soothing? Calm? Remember that different colors elicit different feelings in the observer and can either lead to calm or to energy; you will want to consider that when choosing a color.

The color will add to the ambiance of your outdoor living space.

Your pool color can either complement your home decor, contrast with your home, make a unique statement or as a way to amp up the wow factor.

You also can’t merely say, “I’d like a blue or a green” pool because within that color there are myriad shades in that spectrum.  Traditional colors are available as are non traditional and “uncommon” colors. What are non-traditional colors? There’s black, gray, off white, white, brown or green. A black pool, for some symbolizes elegance, but for others the color is off putting to some swimmers. A black pool will also draw in and hold the heat from the sun and that might make your pool water warmer.

White, is an option, but is rarely used because it reflects the heat of the sun. A white pool could be blinding brilliant on a sunny day.

Green symbolizes nature, harmony and health and is a color that appeals to many individuals. A green pool can lead to your pool and outdoor living space being an area of Zen and relaxation.

Ask your pool contractor for suggestions and to offer you “mock ups” of what a particular color would look like in both the pool and in the entire landscape area of the pool.

 

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