It’s finally January, a brand new start to a brand new year and after everything that 2020 had to offer, 2021 has got high expectations to fulfil. For the majority of us, this year will teach us how to navigate the ‘new normal’ and see more people than ever planning staycations.
If this weeks heatwave has taught us anything, it’s that summer doesn’t have to be over. In fact, with an Origin swimming pool it can be summer all year long. We’ve been seeing so many of our Origin customers enjoying their pools and all of the benefits they offer over the last couple of months, especially during lockdown where outside space became a precious commodity.
As we make our way through another week of lockdown, many of us are starting to feel the pressure of the restrictions placed on us in these uncertain times. It’s been amazing to see the majority of the country come together and support each other as well as everyone doing their best to #stayathome and protect the NHS.
Swimming remains one of the most popular activities across the country, in fact 4.7 million people swim regularly every month. Swimming is an incredible form of exercise with a long list of health benefits, both mental and physical. Just by swimming regularly, we can contribute to saving the NHS millions of pounds every year as the most recent studies have shown that swimming twice a week can help reduce long-term health conditions such as; diabetes, heart disease, depression and even dementia.
Origin has won multiple awards over the years and 2020 has proved to be no different! Origin kicked off the year winning an amazing two gold awards at the UK Pool & Spa Awards, and the good news doesn’t end there. After joining SPATA (Swimming Pool and Allied Trades Association) in 1985, Origin were elated to come away from this years ceremony with another two awards.
The months of January and February can be described as dreary and a mentally tough time of year, it takes a few long weeks to bounce back from the high of Christmas. With that in mind as we move through the rest of the year, it becomes important to get back into the habit of making time for yourself, especially when life gets busy with work, school runs and errands as we tend to shift our priorities and exercise falls by the wayside.
Warm water has been used as an effective natural treatment for pain and illness for thousands of years. However, many of us are still unfamiliar with the healing effects of a hydrotherapy pool and the hugely positive impact it has on our mental and physical wellbeing.
January, named after Janus, the Roman god of all beginnings or in other words… the month of resolution and change. At our core we are creatures of habit, in fact over half of our behaviour is habitual which may explain why a lot of us find it impossible to keep our new year’s resolutions!
The difference between Origin and other swimming pool companies is that we manage the whole process for you, eliminating the need for you to employ and manage separate companies/professionals and deal with the headache of liaising between them and yes… that includes architects!
Here at Origin we love all things swimming and why wouldn’t we? It’s an amazing activity that does great things for our physical and mental health but more than that… it’s fun! We help other people fall in love with swimming every day, for some it’s instant and for others it’s a journey but one thing’s for sure, when you own an Origin pool it’s impossible not to love swimming.
The length of time it takes to complete a swimming pool installation really does vary from project to project as it’s completely dependant on the size of your pool, choice of design and internal and external finishes. To get a good idea of the project length, it’s best to book a free on-site consultation with one of Origin’s experienced advisers so they can walk you through the process and give you their best estimate.
When looking for inspiration for this months article, Origin stumbled across this staggering statistic: 25% of British adults struggle to swim. Upon further thought this statistic isn’t that shocking, many people don’t have access to a swimming pool, public or private and unless you were lucky enough to have swimming lessons at school, when else would you learn?
September, you either love it or you hate it, the kids are back or just starting school, traffic returns to normal, the tan starts to fade and just like that… summer is over. The next few months host the lead up to the most indulgent time of the year and as we prepare ourselves for the chaos ahead, now is as good a time as any to remind you of the health advantages you can get out of your Origin swimming pool.
Just how much does an indoor swimming pool cost? This is often one of the first questions we are asked when speaking to our clients and the truth is, it depends entirely on the size and style of your project, and whether you choose from our range of popular models or are considering a bespoke design.
Struggling to keep afloat of work?
Stress affects all of us, you don’t need to be the busiest person in the world to feel like you’re struggling to get anything done. In honour of Stress Awareness month, healthcare professionals will be giving away advice on how to effectively deal with stress in our everyday lives throughout the whole of April.
From concept to completion – Step 1: Plan
A concept is just that, a concept. For it to actually become real, that’s where we come in. At Origin, we manage everything for you, eliminating the need for you to engage with individual professionals and the first step from moving your concept into reality is planning.
We now all know the effects that swimming can have on our mental and physical health, but what about the effects that our swimming pools can have on the environment? At Origin, we believe that making healthier choices transcends beyond the things that can have immediate influence on our lives, we should be making decisions that will have a positive effect on our future and where better to start than our environmental impact.
As you may have seen on our social media pages, the lead up to May comes with a challenge; swim 22 miles in 12 weeks… that’s the width of the English Channel! This challenge can be made all the more fun by doing it in your own origin pool, whether that’s through getting the family involved in tag team races or setting yourself a personal task to better your time, each length you swim. On top of being able to cover 22 miles at your own pace and in your own time, you’ll also get to feel all the benefits of swimming and could even develop healthy habits that might change your life.
This month, some of the Origin team had the pleasure of attending the 2019 SPATA Award ceremony. Over the past four years we’ve won eleven awards so the pressure was on! Of course, at the start of the ceremony we were nervous as our previous wins were at stake however upon the announcement of the winners we were able to relax and were subsequently thrilled to add a further seven awards to our collection; three silver and four bronze.
It’s no secret, everyone knows that January is the hardest month of the year. You’re exhausted from Christmas, struggling to get a head start on the year ahead and all the while trying to keep your new year resolutions. And if that wasn’t bad enough, we kicked off last week with Blue Monday, what is claimed to be the most depressing day of the year.