We all know exercise is good for us, but we also know it can feel like a torturous chore. It doesn’t need to be like that, though. If you have a pool, exercising and staying healthy can be fun and something to look forward to as a part of your routine. Learn about the health benefits of owning a swimming pool here.
1. Full-body Workout
Swimming engages almost all of your muscles. Without putting too much stress on your body, it increases your heart rate, tones your muscles, and builds your strength and endurance.
To target different muscle groups and add variety to your swimming workout, you just need to incorporate the four main strokes: front crawl, breaststroke, backstroke, and butterfly.
2. Strengthens Organs
In addition to working your muscles, swimming also strengthens your heart and lungs, and it has been found to lower blood pressure and help control blood sugar levels. This reduces your risk of developing cardiovascular diseases.
3. Good for People with Injuries or Disabilities
If you or an older person in your family has an injury or disability that hinders their physical abilities, swimming is a great exercise for them. The water alleviates pressure on the joints, making it a safe, low-impact exercise that can relieve joint pain and stiffness.
Swimming is great for people with:
- Sprains, strains, and tears
- Injuries ligaments, muscles, and tendons,
- Arthritis, osteoporosis, or multiple sclerosis
4. Good for People with Asthma
Exercise and other strenuous activities cause your body’s airways to dry up. It can cause a more serious condition known as exercise-induced asthma. Indoor pools, however, have a more humid environment, so they’re good for those suffering from the condition.
If you’re concerned about chlorine, it’s been found that it doesn’t have a significant effect on asthma. However, you should always consult a doctor first.
5. Burn Calories
Depending on how vigorously you swim, you can burn quite a lot of calories. A 160lb person will burn over 400 calories an hour by swimming at a moderate pace and possibly over 700 calories an hour at a faster pace.
Yoga, another low-impact activity, burns only around 180 calories per hour. Elliptical trainers burn only about 360 calories per hour.
6. Lower Stress, Better Sleep
Swimming physically tires you out, but it doesn’t make you feel uncomfortable. Take the time to swim in your pool after a hard day, and you’ll find yourself much more relaxed and mentally refreshed. Because of this, you’ll also be able to sleep better.
7. Good for Children
Children need about 60 minutes of aerobic exercise a day, and having a swimming pool is a great way to entice your children to get some. They can swim either as part of swimming lessons or have fun and play.
8. Safe During Pregnancy
Pregnancy keeps women from participating in particularly strenuous activities. Swimming, however, is safe and beneficial during all trimesters of pregnancy. It takes the pressure off of baby bumps, relieves nausea, swelling, and back pain, and may lead to easier labor and delivery.
Be sure to talk to a doctor before starting any exercise program during pregnancy. Complications may also cause some women to have activity restrictions.
Manage Your Pool’s pH Level
All of these health benefits are negated if you don’t manage your pool’s pH balance. You can do so easily and naturally with Poolsmith Technologies’ Organic pH Control System. Instead of using chemicals, it injects CO2 into your pool to balance it, making your pool even safer and healthier to use.
Call us at 480-570-5716 to order your Organic pH Control System today.