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Where Did The Practice Of New Year's Resolutions Begin?

Posted by Master Pools Guild on Mon, Dec 28, 2015

New Years

Celebrating the start of a New Year began some 4,000 years ago with the Babylonians who rang in their new year with a festival in March that spanned 11-days.  Ancient Egyptians celebrated their New Year during the annual rise of the Nile River.  By 46 B.C., Roman emperor Julius Caesar, in honor of the Roman god of beginnings – Janus – moved the start of the New Year to January 1st

The Babylonians are credited with creating the practice of making New Year’s resolutions.  Babylonians reportedly made promises to the gods hoping this would bring them good favor in the year to come. 

As Roman history unfolded, the switch from celebrating the New Year during March – which is associated with Mars, the god of war, to celebrating in January – which is associated with Janus, a god of home and hearth, seems to follow the Roman society’s progression as they gradually shifted away from a more warlike society.  In Rome, the first half of New Year’s Day would have been filled with public ceremonies, oath-taking by government officials and temple sacrifices while the second half of the day was filled with social activities.  Romans would bring each other gifts for a “sweet new year” like honey, pears or other sweets.

Today, one in three people will make a New Year’s resolution.  Below is a list of the top 10 resolutions made for 2015.

Top 10 New Years Resolutions in 2015

1-    Lose Weight

2-    Get Organized

3-    Spend Less & Save More

4-    Enjoy Life To The Fullest

5-    Stay Fit & Healthy

6-    Learn Something New

7-    Quit Smoking

8-    Help Others

9-    Fall In Love

10-Spend More Time With Family

Are you among those looking to press a reset button in one of the above areas?  If so, we toast to your success & would like to edit the above list in a light-hearted way to the following:

Top 10 New Years Resolutions Poolside

1-    Lose Weight – swimming can burn 600 calories an hour!

2-    Get Organized – everything in its place inside & outside the house.

3-    Spend Less & Save More – pool owners can make upgrades with new technology that offers big savings.

4-    Enjoy Life To The Fullest – life by the pool – enough said!

5-    Stay Fit & Healthy – an active lifestyle in & around the pool.

6-    Learn Something New – build an outdoor kitchen & master those new cooking skills!

7-    Quit Smoking – do it!

8-    Help Others – teach a child to swim or donate to an organization that does.

9-    Fall In Love – romantic dinners poolside (use those new skills from #6).

10-Spend More Time With Family – again, life by the pool with the ones you love!

So here’s to all of us who are making New Year’s resolutions this year and our sincere best wishes to all for a happy & healthy New Year from your friends at the Master Pools Guild.

Tags: Fitness & wellness, Holidays Poolside, Healthy Lifestyle, Lose Weight, Family Time, New Years Resolutions, Master Pools Guild

Perfect Poolside Popsicle

Posted by Master Pools Guild on Mon, Aug 31, 2015

 

With only 3 ingredients.

Gluten free & under 100 calories a serving!

 Blueberry Yogurt Pops

Makes: 6 POPSICLES

Prep time: 10 MINUTES 

Total time: 6-8 HOURS 

These super simple, protein-packed 3 Ingredient Blueberry Yogurt Swirl Popsicles will help keep family and friends hydrated on those poolside summer afternoons!

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups blueberries
  • 2 Tablespoons agave or honey
  • 2 cups vanilla Greek yogurt

Equipment Needed:

  • Popsicle molds
  • Popsicle sticks

Directions:

  1. Blend the blueberries in a blender or a food processor at a high-speed setting until nearly liquefied.  You want to achieve a smoothie-like consistency.
  2. Pour the blueberry mixture into a large bowl adding the agave/honey. Next, slowly stir in the yogurt, gently mixing the three ingredients.
  3. For a tie-dye look do not fully blend the yogurt and blueberries. The mixture will be thick.  Give it a taste and adjust by adding more sweetener if needed/desired.
  4. Pour mixture evenly into each popsicle molds inserting sticks before freezing.
  5. Quickly run popsicle molds under warm water to easily remove the frozen treats & enjoy!!!

*Try replacing the blueberries with other summer favorite fruits and enjoy a variety of versions Living Poolside!

 

 

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Fun In The Pool - The History Of The Marco Polo Game!

Posted by Master Pools Guild on Fri, Jul 03, 2015

What's The Story With The Game Marco Polo?

Fun In The Pool

Swimmers everywhere will be playing the game of Marco Polo in the pool this year but how many of those swimmers can tell you where the game originated?  Why not offer up a little history with the fun?

The history of the game refers to a time when Marco Polo was travelling with his family members,  Niccolo, and Maffeo.  They were exploring and traveling to China in order to meet with the great Khan.

During the journey, Marco became very tired and fell asleep on his horse. Sensing this, his horse dropped back from the large, fast moving caravan. Eventually Marco woke up and did not see his family.  He began to hear voices within the desert and thought that his family was searching for him and calling his name "Marco". He began to respond to those cries with "Polo". It turned out that Marco Polo was actually hallucinating -  they were not calling him.  His family did search for and find him.

The game can be traced back to the 1700's when it was played on land and called "Blind Man's Bluff"

 

How Do You Play?

You will need three players or more.

Everyone gets into the pool.

Decide who will be "Marco" or "It".

"Marco" goes to the side of the pool and covers his/her eyes and counts to ten while the other players move as quietly as they can to different areas of the pool. 

When "Marco" stops counting he/she keeps their eyes closed but trys to locate someone else in the pool. 

The players can move away from "Marco" to avoid being tagged - trying to make the least amount of noise possible to avoid being detected.

When "Marco" wants a clue as to everyone's positions, he/she yells out "MARCO!" to which all the other players must respond by yelling "POLO!" 

This will help "Marco" find another player to tag.  Once another player is tagged they then become "Marco" and the game starts again.

If a player sits on the side of the pool during the game they are a "fish out of water."  If "Marco" calls "fish out of water" then that swimmer becomes "Marco" and the game starts again.

Here's to hours of fun playing Marco Polo!!! 


Tags: Fitness & wellness, Fitness, Food & Fun, Family Fitness, Celebrating Poolside, Marco Polo

A Fathers Day Reflection: Why Dads Love Swimming Pools

Posted by Teri Wiltshire on Wed, Jun 17, 2015

MEandDadSplash

He takes that final turn into the driveway and with a slow roll he enters his parking spot.  He has had a long productive day and now its time to unwind.  Walking into the house he feels like royalty when the little ones come running with the “Daddy play with me” list.  Off he goes to get changed on this warm summer evening. 

He walks out the back door into the lush green surroundings and hears the calming sounds of water falling across the rocks.  Relaxation is just a few steps away.  He hears a “Daddy watch what I can do” from his son and ducks the beach ball coming at him from his little girl.  He grew up with a swimming pool in his back yard and can't help but pause and remember all the fun times growing up in and around the pool.

He remembers never wanting to get out of the swimming pool – no different than his kids are now.  He remembers never picking up the toys around the pool – just like they do now.  He remembers working all day on that new trick, waiting to show it to dad when he gets home…just like now.  Memories of the goofy times, family celebrations and memories created around the swimming pool are too many to count.  Then, a perfectly timed cannon ball brings him back from his trip down memory lane.  He smiles thinking that his children want the same things from him that he wanted from his dad, attention, time, love and encouragement.  His definition of the happiness of summer: time spent with his family in and around their swimming pool. That's why dads love swimming pools.  

Wishing all dads a happy, healthy summer spent Living Poolside!

Tags: entertaining by the pool, Fitness & wellness, swimming and fitness, Fathers Day, Family Fitness, Family Outdoors, swimming

Staying Cool as a Cucumber Poolside

Posted by Master Pools Guild on Fri, May 29, 2015

Cucumber Water

Water infused with cucumber has long been served at day spas, health clubs and many of the world’s most exclusive resorts.  Its popularity has grown largely due to its health benefits and great taste. The basic cucumber water recipe contains just two ingredients:  Cucumber and water.  Simple but oh so refreshing!  Here’s a quick how to: 

Cucumber Water Instructions 
1. Slice a cleaned, peeled cucumber into slices of ½ thickness (unpeeled can be used if that is your preference)
2. Combine cucumber slices in a pitcher of water and top with ice. The slices tend to float and the ice will help to keep them submerged.
3. Allow to sit for at least an hour. (Best results if allowed to sit overnight in the refrigerator.) 
Alternative:  Purchase a fruit infusing water pitcher.  The pitcher holds the cucumber slices in an internal fusing chamber. 
Whether using an infusing pitcher or a regular glass or clear plastic pitcher they all look fantastic and will encourage poolside family and friends to drink more water and stay hydrated in style. 
Refill the pitcher as needed.  One pitcher can be refilled several times over the course of a day and the cucumbers will continue to flavor the water.  Discard your cucumbers (or devour them) after 24 hours. 

Benefits of Cucumber Water

  • Keeps you hydrated.
  • Helps flush and detox your body.
  • Keeps you feeling more full so you don’t eat as much.
  • Reported to increase metabolism (which can aid weight loss).
  • Helps your skin & muscles – The silica in cucumbers helps the skin stay soft and smooth and also helps your muscle tissues stay healthy. It’s a great choice if you’ve added a strength training regimen to your healthy lifestyle, or if you want to make sure that your muscles have all of the nutrients needed to function at their best (a must for swimmers). A daily glass of cucumber water makes a great contribution to the overall health of your body in general.
  • Known as a “superfood”, which basically means they’re very nutrient rich and good for you.  Cucumbers are a great source of vitamin B and rich in potassium and magnesium (which may help to lower blood pressure).   
More Cucumber Water Ideas
The mild flavor of cucumbers can be paired with many different fruits, vegetables, and herbs. Here are a few combinations to consider:
Cucumber & Lemon
Cucumber & Mint
Cucumber & Lime
Cucumber & Pineapple
Get creative and try several.  Here's to your finding your favorite cucumber combination and keeping your family and friends hydrated and loving the life of living poolside this summer!
 

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