5 Surprising Benefits of Swimming

5 Surprising Benefits of Swimming

5 Surprising Benefits of Swimming

When was the last time you took a plunge into a sparkling pool? If it’s been a while, you may have forgotten how wonderful you feel after a swim. Swimming is a great, low-impact activity with a multitude of physical and mental benefits. Just being near water produces a calming effect similar to meditation, giving your brain a break from the hustle and bustle.Swimming provides a host of benefits, with your own backyard pool the perfect destination to get a relaxing swim in! Click To Tweet

Swimming For Wellness

No matter what your fitness level, the benefits of swimming are only as limited as you make them. Swimming has the power to give your muscles a makeover, ease discomfort and calm your mind.

  1. Exercise
  2. Stress Relief
  3. Entertainment
  4. Pain Management
  5. Bone Mass

1) Exercise

If you’re looking for an exercise that improves heart and lung function but is gentle on your joints, opt for a swim. Like other aerobic exercises, it can improve cardiovascular fitness as well as cholesterol levels, without putting stress on joints.

2) Stress Relief

While you’ve probably heard of a runner’s high, swimming can also increase those good feelings. In addition to activating happy hormones, you’ll also enjoy a relaxation response similar to yoga or meditation. This is because swimming combines stretching with rhythmic breathing, resulting in a rush of contentment. Add a custom water feature for even more relaxing water sounds.

3) Entertainment

Goofing off in your pool has real health benefits! Having fun increases serotonin levels.which has been shown to help you relax and feel happy. In addition, a pool is a destination, providing a fun activity right in your own backyard.

4) Pain Management

Swimming is a great way to relieve muscular pain and soreness. People with arthritis or other musculoskeletal problems and people who are overweight can all benefit from a swim. Exercising in water can relieve joint stiffness,  increase flexibility and relieve lower back pain.

5) Bone Mass

While more research must be done, recent studies have shown that swimming may improve bone density. Running still proves to be the highest increase in BMD (Bone Mineral Density), but it looks like swimming may also benefit your bone health!

Jump In!

Now that you know the benefits of swimming, you may be wondering where your nearest public pool is. However, imagine having your own pool right in your own backyard. Workouts are no longer contingent on getting into a crowded pool. Swim on your schedule in the privacy of your own space.

Contact Us to learn more about the many benefits of pool ownership, or to get started on your own custom pool today!

Creating a Backyard Destination: Outdoor Fire Features

Creating a Backyard Destination: Outdoor Fire Features

Wouldn’t you love to come home to a calming, peaceful outdoor oasis? A custom pool is a great place to start, but don’t stop there. Enhance your backyard with a custom outdoor fire feature. Imagine sitting around the pool watching the flames reflect off the water. Magic! Fire features add an undeniable ambiance of excitement to any backyard. Click To Tweet

Choosing the Right Outdoor Fire Features

Fire features add ambiance, warmth, and light to your backyard activities. Whether you’re gathered with friends and family, warming yourself on cool nights, or stargazing, modern fire elements are safe, beautiful and easy to operate. Depending on space and budget, here are 3 good options:

Fireplace

Typical inside many homes, the fireplace is a classic choice. Perfect for multiple people, this popular option creates a romantic, cozy setting for intimate gatherings with friends and family. These fireplaces are enclosed and easy to use even on windy nights. You can choose between natural gas, propane, or wood burning fireplaces with a variety of styles and functions. An outdoor fireplace is sure to become a rustic focal point in your backyard.

Fire Pit

This option is ideal for entertaining large groups and evokes the feeling of sitting around a campfire. It can be low to the ground or set into a foundation to provide elevation. It can be made from a variety of materials including brick, stone, or concrete. A built-in firepit provides a more upscale appearance than a portable one. If you host a lot of parties or are looking for a place to gather, this may be a good option for you.

Fire Bowl

Another great option for entertaining, a fire bowl adds a dash of modern flair. They’re usually made of copper, concrete, steel, cast iron, or bronze and often come with legs and a mesh cover. Fueled by natural gas, propane, wood, or clean-burning gel, you can choose based on the type of flame and smell you’d prefer. Some are even designed to accommodate grilling. They come in a variety of sizes and designs, from very basic to downright opulent. Opt for one that’s filled with colored fiberglass, lava rock, and other fire-retardant decorative fillers, or go for a rustic design with a copper bowl and iron details.

The Perfect Detail

Outdoor fire features are the perfect element to bring warmth, luxury, and light to your backyard. Whether you want a rustic fireplace or modern glass fire bowl, Aquascapes has something for every taste.

Contact Us to learn more about our custom fire features and other outdoor living options. To get inspired, visit our custom features gallery.

How to Host an Epic Pool Party

How to Host an Epic Pool Party

With summer coming to a close, there’s no better time to host a backyard pool party. Pools provide endless hours of memories and enjoyment. Hosting a memorable pool party is just one way to maximize pool ownership. Click To Tweet

Hosting a Pool Party

A beautiful pool seems like the natural destination for a party, but hosting a successful pool party requires a bit of planning. Landscaping should be spruced up, the pool and patio should be clean, and any outdoor updates you’ve been putting off should be done.

Pick a Theme

Pricking a theme will help you decide on colors, decor, food, and drinks. For example, a Mardi Gras party would feature bright purple, gold and green decorations, feathers and beads. Serve shrimp cocktail, jambalaya, andouille and Cajun-inspired cocktails.

Provide Plenty of Food

If you want guests to stay the day, it’s essential to provide food, even just a table of appetizers. If you’re hosting a high-end soiree, you may choose to have the food catered, but if it’s a laid-back party, then a cookout or potluck will work.

Don’t Forget Drinks

Whether you choose to have cocktails or refreshing nonalcoholic beverages, drinks should be in line with your theme. You can come up with creative names for each drink to fit your theme. Be sure to have ice on hand and cute cups to serve them in. If it’s a kid-friendly party, opt for paper cups.

Entertainment

A pool is pretty much entertainment central during a pool party, but be sure to provide alternative entertainment. A lounge area with a television under a covered patio can provide shade and relaxation, while yard games like corn hole and darts can give people something else to do.

BYOT

Unless you want to wash a million towels, include in your invitation a BYOT (Bring Your Own Towel) reminder. Keep a few towels on hand for guests that forget, but this will save you a lot of time and energy!

A Day to Remember

Good food, good friends, music and refreshing drinks make for a wonderful day around the pool. Now that you’ve put in the work, it’s time to sit back and enjoy!

Contact Us to learn more about creating a backyard you’ll want to share with friends and family.

3 Reasons to Add a Swimming Pool Waterfall

3 Reasons to Add a Swimming Pool Waterfall

Just a few custom features can take your pool from ordinary to extraordinary. A waterfall can make your backyard feel like a true oasis and a place to find peace after a long day. It also provides countless hours of fun for friends and family. Adding a waterfall to your pool allows for relaxation and better pool circulation. Click To Tweet

3 Reasons to Add a Swimming Pool Waterfall

Almost nothing beats the sound of trickling water in your backyard pool. These features add a touch of luxury and class to every pool. Consider the following benefits of adding a waterfall to your swimming pool:

1) Relaxation

Whether you’re watching the water flow or closing your eyes and just listening to the sound, waterfalls provide relaxation after even the longest day. Sometimes you need to step into nature and unwind. You can dip in the pool or sit beside it and leisure.

2) Beauty

Waterfalls can be customized to suit your individual needs and style. You can express yourself and create a beautiful focal point in your backyard. Enhance your pool with an impressive sight and upgrade your entire waterscape with a waterfall.

3) Cleaner Water

Algae will typically not grow in moving water, meaning that waterfalls inhibit excessive growth. A waterfall also helps your pool water circulate. It can’t act as the sole filtration system for your pool, but you will notice a difference with a waterfall.

Waterfalls or Fountains?

Fountains are another great option to enhance and upgrade your swimming pool. They produce slightly different sounds and add a different style element. Can’t decide? Consider opting for a waterfall and a fountain for a dramatic impact.

Enhance Your Outdoor Living

If you want to enhance your outdoor living experience, you can’t go wrong by adding a pool waterfall or fountain. Hours of fun, relaxation, beauty, and fresh water. What more could you ask for?

Contact Us to learn more about adding custom water features and waterfalls to your pool.

How to Prepare to Sell Your Home

How to Prepare to Sell Your Home

Getting ready to put your house on the market? Then it’s time to roll up your sleeves and get to work! Selling a home entails a lot more than sticking a “For Sale” sign on your front lawn. If you want to get the most bang for your buck when it’s time to sell your home, it’s crucial that you put in some preparation.

Preparing to Sell Your Home: Make a List

Before you put your house on the market or spend money on a realtor, make a list of everything you need to get done. Put yourself in the shoes of a prospective buyer. What would stand out to you if you were viewing the home? Are there old nails sticking out of your decking? Cracked tiles in the kitchen? You don’t need to fix everything, but obvious issues should be addressed.

Renovate Your Pool

If your pool is outdated or in disrepair, this could hurt the overall value of your home. Buyers don’t want to hassle of having to move in and immediately fix something big. Renovating your pool may involve relining, replacing the coping or simply repairing the grout. A sparkling pool in great condition is often what sways potential buyers, so be sure it makes the best impression. Click To Tweet

Paint

A fresh coat of neutral paint on your home’s exterior and interior rooms makes your home appear newer and cleaner. This is especially true if you’ve chosen bold colors inside that not everyone will love. Warm eggshell or cream is the best option, as it quite literally provides a clean slate.

De-Personalize

You love your mementos, photos, and artwork, but prospective buyers need to be able to see themselves in your home. This means that you need to present them with a blank slate. Remove these items and place them into storage until your house has sold. This will also make cleaning your house easier!

Landscaping

Curb appeal is crucial when selling your home. The best time to get started landscaping your yard is about a month before you begin showing your house. That should give everything enough time to grow in and look just right. This will also avoid leaving the impression that you waited until the last minute to put things in order.

Get An Offer

There are many ways to improve your odds of getting a strong offer, but the impression your home makes is ultimately the most important. Putting in a bit of work and money will ultimately pay off when it’s time to list your house!

Contact Us to learn more about renovating your backyard, pool and landscaping.