Waterful Tips for a Wonderful Vacation

Ah, summer: The perfect time to take a break from reality with a quick getaway surrounded by loved ones. Though plenty of vacation destinations this time of year revolve around water (think: beaches, pools and lakes), there are several other ways in which Earth’s most essential resource factors into your plans for getting out of town. 

Not sure what we’re talking about? Read on to see how you can ensure your summer vacation is a waterful one. 

Before you hit the road: 

●      This one’s obvious: Make sure any of your furry or feathered friends who are staying home are taken care of when it comes to food and water. Hydrated pets are happy pets!

●      While you’re at it, see if your pet sitter, a friend or a neighbor can stop by the house to water your plants. Different plants have different water needs, so do your research in advance to know how many visits to plan. 

●      Want to keep the yard in tip-top shape while you’re away? See if you can put your sprinklers on a timer system so that they automatically turn on throughout your trip. 

●      Does your swimming pool have an automatic cleaning pump? If so, ensure the pool is filled up with water before you head out so that the motor runs smoothly and doesn’t burn out. 

●      Take a walk through the house and make sure none of your faucets are leaking water. You certainly don’t want those leaks adding up while you’re away. 

●      Sign up for WaterSmart alerts from Aqua to stay up-to-date about any changes to your water service while you’re away so you’re not caught off-guard when you return. 

For the drive or flight:

●      If you drive to your destination, bring along a reusable water bottle that you fill up at home. That way, any time you stop somewhere for a bite to eat or to stretch your legs, you can refill it at a soda machine or water fountain. 

●      If you fly, you can still bring a reusable water bottle with you—just make sure it’s empty when you go through airport security! Afterward, you can fill it up at any food vendor’s soda machine or water fountain so you have plenty of water for the flight. 

●      Don’t forget: Plenty of foods contain water, too. Pack fruits and veggies to snack on during your trip so you stay hydrated—the tasty way. 

During the trip:

●      Remember that reusable water bottle you brought along? Always throw it in your beach bag or backpack no matter where you go.

●      Don’t forget to drink plenty of water even though you’ve pressed pause on your usual routine. For example, if you’re used to drinking water at your desk all day, it’s easy to forget to do so when you’re away from the office! Try setting reminders on your phone to make sure you — and the whole family — drink plenty of water on each day of your trip.

●      If you hit the beach, pool or lake, make sure you apply plenty of sunscreen and wear a hat and sunglasses to keep your skin safe from the bright sun. 

●      If you plan to be super active during your trip (think: hiking, surfing or other kinds of adventuring), consider bringing packets of powdered sports drink mixes to drop into your water bottle to keep your energy levels up.

●      Just for fun: Keep track of how many different types of water you encounter if you visit a new place. Between pools, oceans, rivers, lakes and waterfalls, the world is full of watery wonders! 

Whether your summer travels take you to the other side of the state or the other side of the world, remember that water is an invaluable part of everyday life, from the day-to-day tasks of home, to the adventures of a vacation. 

Have a safe, enjoyable and waterful trip! 

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Wading Through the New Year with Water Fitness

It’s at the top of every list of New Year’s resolutions: Exercise. Getting fit. Going to the gym.

The first weeks of January are known to see an influx in gym memberships, but those quickly fizzle out over the following months. To help you stay on track and enjoy your exercise regimen, experts suggest that variety is key. With this in mind, perhaps try one of the following water-based fitness activities in 2017.  

Swimming

When we talk about water, swimming always comes to mind. As an exercise dating back to prehistoric times, swimming provides a full-body workout through numerous stroke variations. Whether you freestyle, breast stroke or doggy paddle in a lake, ocean or swimming pool, swimming offers a plethora of opportunities to have fun while getting fit.

Rowing

 

Rowing (or “crew”) is generally thought of as a competitive sport, but who said you have to be a professional athlete to hop in a kayak and paddle out on the lake? Rowing primarily works the upper body, back and shoulders, and it’s even known to improve posture. If a water source and/or kayak or canoe isn’t easily accessible, most gyms nowadays have a variety of rowing machines. Be sure to take the necessary precautions to stay safe if you hit the water!

Ice Skating

Ice is simply frozen water, and the winter months open up the option to hit many outdoor rinks remain open through mid-February. Take a lap around the rink or get some friends together for a game of pick-up hockey.

Skating will strengthen your leg muscles while improving balance and posture. Indoor ice rinks are accessible year-round, but nothing beats the open air of an outdoor rink in the winter months. Take advantage of the season before it’s too late!

Water Aerobics 

Image via Wikimedia Commons

Traditionally a form of resistance training, water aerobics courses have now evolved to incorporate popular fitness trends such as Zumba, yoga and cycling in order to create an engaging group fitness setting. Water aerobics courses are timeless. We suggest stepping out of your comfort zone and trying one out in 2017.

FloatFit™

Yoga on top of water? The newest water fitness trend of 2017 is FloatFit™, a 30-minute HIIT exercise regimen involving stretches, yoga, pilates and squats. This modern fitness trend is performed on a specially designed $700 aquabase®. Unfortunately, if you’re interested in trying the hot new workout, FloatFit™ is currently only offered at TMPL Gym in New York City—the sole location in the United States. But if you happen to be in the area sometime in 2017, hop in to give it a try.


No matter which fitness routines you try in 2017, we hope you all reach your goals and fulfill every resolution you’ve made for the new year. Happy New Year from all of us at Aqua!

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The Aqua Guide to Summer Pool Safety

When it comes to pools and summer activities, it’s easy to get excited and forget about certain precautions you should be taking. Safety should always come first. Since June is National Safety Month, we’ve rounded up some pool safety tips so this summer can be safe and fun for everyone.

 

1.     Supervise children and friends

One of the best parts of the summer is being able to watch friends and family happily splash around in the pool. It’s important to keep a watchful eye on kids playing in the water. Children between the ages ofone and four are at the highest risk for drowning-related incidents.

 To prevent this, never leave kids unattended by the pool and teach them safe ways to play with water. Pool-related injuries are not just restricted to children, so watch out for your adult friends, too.

 

2.     Use a drain grate

A drain grate is a necessity in every pool and spa. You might notice one on the bottom of your private pool or in a few different places in your local public pool. The public pool you attend is required to have drain grates to ensure that the pool will not start draining while people are swimming in it. However, if something seems fishy, report it immediately. The suction from a pool or spa drain is strong enough to trap an adult, so drain grates must remain intact at all times.

 

3.     Take a CPR class

CPR is a great skill for anyone to have. If you’ve ever worked at a camp or school, you most likely took a CPR class and picked up a few basic skills. If you have private pool, you might not be able to get the help you need right away when there’s an emergency. Learning CPR allows you to aid a situation until proper medical care can be administered. You can take a class at your local Red Cross or a similar facility in order to become certified. 

 

4.     Check your chlorine levels 

You’ve probably seen the lifeguard at your local pool do a chlorine test. Chlorine is in the pool to sanitize the water. However, chlorine does not always kill germs immediately. Some germs can take anywhere from a few minutes to a few days to die. When germs are not killed and a person ingests the water, they might end up with a Recreational Water Illness (RWI). RWIs are caused by germs or chemicals in recreational swimming water. To avoid this, make sure the water you are swimming in is safe. If you’re unsure, avoid swallowing the water.

 

5.     Teach your child how to swim

Teaching your child how to swim can be a great bonding experience for both of you. Swimming is fun for the kids and a great form of exercise. Children who can swim are also less likely to get injured when playing in the pool. You can teach your child to swim on your own, or enlist the help of your local YMCA or swimming facility. Grab those water wings and get to it!

 Swimming can be a blast as long as you’re being safe. When you use these safety tips, you’re creating a safe environment for the people around you. Educate your loved ones on pool safety so everyone can have a fun and safe summer!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Give Summer a Warm Welcome with Memorial Day Water Fun

 

 

Photo used via Creative Commons from Flickr user David Goehring

 

When it comes to summer, water is almost always a part of the conversation. Hotter weather means an increased need for hydration among people, animals and plants, and with the help of a swimming pool or slip ‘n’ slide, water is a reliable way to cool off.

Since using more water can also mean higher water bills, it’s also important to be smart about how much you use. Whether you anticipate celebrating Memorial Day by firing up the grill or turning on the air conditioning, we’ve got some ideas for how to make the most of your water usage as you kick off the summer.

 

Drink Up

If you’re looking to cool off while still conserving water, skip the overhead misters. They tend to waste water and get expensive very quickly, especially when the air outside is already humid. Instead, try whipping up a few refreshing water drinks that’ll keep the whole family hydrated, cool and happy.

  

 

Photo used via Creative Commons from Flickr user mahmoud99725

  

Here are some great recipes for tasty-flavored water drinks to get the summer started on a high note. Flavors like blueberry vanilla lime and strawberry kiwi will please anyone with a sweet tooth, while honeydew basil and rosemary grapefruit concoctions might appeal to those with more adventurous tastes.

 

Freeze It

While the grown-ups of the bunch may prefer to sip these fruity drinks by the pool, there’s a sure way to get the kids excited, too – popsicles!

 It’s as easy as this: Make a little extra of the drink in your pitcher, then fill up a tray of popsicle molds and pop ‘em in the freezer. Be sure to allow enough time for your frozen treats to get nice and icy before it’s time to enjoy them.

(Psst… Want to score some extra cool parent points? Lightsaber popsicle mold. Enough said.)

 

 

Play a Classic Summer Game

When you’re not sipping your summery drink, who doesn’t love some classic water balloon fun? Kids of all ages can put on their thinking caps to create endless games with water balloons, ranging from a good old splash fight to water balloon races or piñatas.

 

 

Photo used via Creative Commons from Flickr user Mike Gifford

 

The water you use to fill up the balloons doesn’t have to go to waste, either. Make sure all the action takes place in the grass or in the pool so that the aftermath simply fills the pool back up or waters the lawn. It’s a win-win scenario. Just don’t forget to clean up the broken balloon shreds when you’re done. You don’t want those choking a four-legged friend or clogging up the pool pump.

In fact, anytime you play any water games, make sure you’re either in the pool (so the water stays where it belongs) or in the grass (so the water goes to good use). There’s no such thing as thirsty or dehydrated concrete.

No matter how you spend your Memorial Day weekend, we hope you’ll be safe, water-smart and relaxed with your friends and family.

 

 

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