After building pools in the Phoenix Valley and Tuscon metro areas for decades, we knew there were serious health benefits to having access to your own swimming pool. But even we didn't expect some of the incredible health benefits we uncovered while researching this blog post. You'll be blown away!
1. A complete body workout
Swimming provides a full body workout that doesn't put the same stress on your joints that something like running does. Normally when we think of pool workouts we think of doing laps. While this is a great source of exercise, there are many new innovative ways to exercise in your pool. We explore a few of them here.
2. A low risk of injuries
Many people know that regular exercise is crucial for our health, but they avoid it because they are afraid of injuries. Swimming in your swimming pool can minimize the risk of injury as a result of exercise. The human body weight in water is about 10% of the body weight on the ground. This means that the stress on joints, connective tissues, and bones is very low. This is the main reason why doctors recommend the use of swimming pools to the elderly and to patients dealing with arthritis or other similar degenerative diseases.
3. Improves cardiovascular fitness
Did you know that the human heart rate has 10 beats less per minute when people are in the water? This makes swimming a perfect exercise for boosting circulation without putting pressure on the heart.
4. Psychological benefits
People who are using swimming pools at their homes on a regular basis have experienced lower levels of stress, high energy levels, improved self-confidence and enhanced mental attitude.
Certain features are specifically designed to reduce stress by creating an atmosphere of relaxation. Some of these features include water falls, sheer descents, and certain lighting concepts.
Aerobic exercises in the pool can even help reduce anxiety and depression.
5. Alleviating Back Pain
Back pain is a fact of life for way too many of us, swimming can help by strengthening back and core muscles without putting too much stress on your back. This is especially true with the backstroke.
6. Life Extending
Swimming may actually help you live longer. In fact, a study at the University of South Carolina has shown that swimming will increase your longevity more than running or walking.
7. Supports Social Interaction
Social interaction is, according to the New York Times, "critical for mental and physical health." By adding a swimming pool to your house, you immediately upgrade your social life. The ability to gather around a pool makes social gatherings incredibly simple as an Arizonian. Your backyard is now the destination of choice.
8. Getting the Kids Out of the House
Kids (and many of us) are addicted to their screens: mobile devices, computers, TVs, watches, the list grows longer every year. Adding a swimming pool to your backyard is a perfect way to get the kids out of the house and interacting with family and friends. A few scientific studies have confirmed that time spent with family can improve kids’ grades, physical and psychological health and more. There aren't many activities that can compete with the addictive nature of smart phone screens nowadays, but a pool can overcome even the worst screen dependence.
These are just some of the many health benefits of having a swimming pool. Over the last few decades we've built more than 27,000 pools in the Phoenix Valley and Tuscon metro areas and have witnessed firsthand how transformational a swimming pool can be to families.
If you're considering building a swimming pool, we'd love to talk with you. You can visit any of our three locations, call us at 480.967.9467, or click here to learn more and schedule your free design consultation.