Living in Arizona, we all know how refreshing it can be to jump into a swimming pool on a hot summer day. And it is also a great place to gather with friends and family for some fun and games. However, you might not be aware that there are the number of actual health benefits to owning a swimming pool. The first step is to contact a UNIQUE designer to learn more about designing and building your perfect pool to improve your health and to your enjoyment of your outdoor living space.
Swimming is a great form of aerobic exercise and one that you can still enjoy in the heat of our Phoenix summer. Let’s face it, even the most dedicated health conscious residents know that it can be tough to get our for a run when it is over 100 degrees. But a good swim offers many benefits:
- Increases your heart rate
- Provides a full body workout
- Tones muscle
- Build endurance
- Builds strength
And possibly one of the greatest benefits to swimming is that it provides all of this without heavy stress from impact, like running or jogging.
Swimming Provides Rehabilitation After Injuries
Because swimming is considered to be a no impact form of exercise, it is often recommended during rehabilitation from injuries or surgery. There is far less stress places on muscles and joints than with other forms of exercise but it still provides the benefit of motion and an increased activity level. Many medical professionals also believe that swimming helps to reduce the pain associated with osteoarthritis and other joint stiffness.
Swimming Burns Calories Quickly
If you are looking for a low impact way to burn calories then swimming is your solution. To put it into perspective, a 160 pound person burns over 420 calories swimming for an hour. That same person would only burn about 300 calories walking for the same hour. And in the arid climate of Phoenix, spending an hour in a swimming pool is far more enjoyable than spending an hour walking on scorching pavement. Even working out indoors on an elliptical trainer would only burn around 350 calories, so swimming gets you far more calories burned per hour of exercise.
Other Amazing Health Benefits Of Swimming
Swimming has been found to reduce insomnia in older people. In many cases, older adults are not very active during the day, which can lead to difficulty sleeping. Swimming provides enough activity to allow for better sleep patterns and a boost in quality of life. Research has also found that swimming boosted the mood of participants in a 12 week study. Other studies have found that participants also reported feeling less stressed after just 30 minutes in the pool.
Swimming pools have been a great source of enjoyment for many decades. From a fun day of splashing around with family and friends to an afternoon of relaxation and floating, everyone loves to hang out in the pool. But only recently have scientists been interested in tracing and monitoring the health benefits associated with a swimming pool. In the most recent studies, swimming pools have been found to offer physical, psychological and emotional benefits. And the greatest part is that everyone from small children to pregnant women and senior citizens can enjoy these benefits together.
To learn more about designing and building your own UNIQUE swimming pool to increase your health and the fun that you are having in your own backyard, call 480-969-1911 to schedule a free consultation. A UNIQUE designer will visit your home, answer your questions about the design and build process and provide you with ideas for creating your perfect outdoor oasis and exercise space.