How to ease arthritis ailments with swimming pool exercise

Posted by Blue Haven Pools & Spas on Oct 5, 2015 6:11:00 PM

With World Arthritis Day on October 8th, it’s a good time to consider how exercising in a swimming pool can help enhance health for those with a joint inflammatory condition.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, physical activity can reduce pain and improve function, mobility, mood, and quality of life for many with various kinds of arthritis.

While physical activity can be beneficial, it can also be painful. Even worse, the wrong workout methods can actually aggravate your condition.

That’s why choosing swimming and pool-based exercises are a smart solution in the fitness equation for those with these inflammatory ailments. Aquatic activities can be the answer if you suffer from osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, and lupus. Let’s look at some reasons why.

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How to keep your dog safe in and around your swimming pool

Posted by Blue Haven Pools & Spas on Sep 28, 2015 7:11:29 PM

Dog safety in and around your swimming pool

Note: October is National Animal Safety & Protection Month, a time to promote safe practices for handling and caring for animals.

Your dog is like a member of the family. The last thing you would want is harm to come to him from an accident that could have been prevented. Let’s look at some ways that can protect your pup while he enjoys your backyard—including your swimming pool.

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Topics: Pet Health & Safety

Natural Swimming Pools - Part 2

Posted by Blue Haven Pools & Spas on Sep 21, 2015 7:28:00 PM

How conventional custom pools provide a practical alternative to natural swimming pools

Part 2 of 2

Natural swimming pools are a kind of pool-pond hybrid that use a dedicated zone of aquatic plants to maintain the water and they provide distinctive, organic beauty to backyards and pleasant, chemical-free swimming environments for families. Unfortunately, natural pools come with prerequisites and limitations that keep them from being a realistic option for many homeowners, as outlined in part 1 of this blog topic.

Factors such as construction costs, needed yard space, design challenges, and style and functionality preferences make these pools a boutique project. Couple these factors with the scarcity of pool builders who are skilled in this particular specialty installation, and it is understandable why a natural pool is currently out of reach for most Americans dreaming of one.

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Topics: Design / Features, Equipment/Technology, Construction, Buyer Tips

Is a Natural Swimming Pool Right For You? 5 Questions to Ask Yourself

Posted by Blue Haven Pools & Spas on Sep 14, 2015 6:19:00 PM

Determining if a Natural Swimming Pool is Right For You

Part 1 of 2

Natural swimming pools are the true realization of a healthy, environmentally friendly backyard resort. Not only does a natural pool look beautiful and seamlessly blend into its surroundings, it boasts special design, materials, and equipment that maintain the water
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Topics: Design / Features, Health/Lifestyle Benefits, Equipment/Technology, Construction, Buyer Tips, Purification

How to prevent swimmer’s ear

Posted by Blue Haven Pools & Spas on Sep 4, 2015 4:54:00 PM

How to prevent swimmer’s ear when enjoying your pool—5 tips

Swimming may be lots of fun, but getting swimmers ear is not. If you feel itchy inside your ears, have drainage or inflammation in your ear canal, or pain inside your ear when you tug on your earlobe, chances are good you have a case of swimmer’s ear.

The infection impacts the external ear, specifically the skin of the ear canal. When this skin gets wet and stays wet, it softens—becoming a warm inviting spot for germs to grow. Typically the culprit is bacteria, but it can also be fungal.

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Topics: Health & Safety

How to Plan a Fun (and Safe) Labor Day Pool Party

Posted by Blue Haven Pools & Spas on Aug 31, 2015 4:19:58 PM

How to Plan a Safe Labor Day Pool Party 

Throwing a backyard pool party is a great way to celebrate Labor Day. If you want to host one, plan ahead so that everyone can enjoy not only a good time, but also a safe time.

Most pool parties go smoothly. However, there can be hazards from someone running and slipping on a wet pool deck to a guest driving home after too many beers. Smart party planning can help minimize risks. Here are just a few ways to enhance safety at your holiday event.

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Topics: Backyard Entertaining, Health & Safety

Pet Health & Pool Safety—Reduce Exposure to Pool Chemicals

Posted by Blue Haven Pools & Spas on Aug 24, 2015 2:00:00 PM

Pool Pet Health: Minimize your pet’s exposure to swimming pool chemicals

Note: National Holistic Pet Day, August 30, promotes the care of pets and the importance of whole pet health. We support creating a fun, happy, healthy environment for pets to swim and play in!

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Topics: Purification, Pet Health & Safety