A swimming pool in your backyard is considered a luxury by many people but when you consider the benefits of swimming for your health and that of your family, you may decide that it’s an investment well worth doing. Besides, an attractive swimming pool will add value to your home and is a great selling point should you be considering moving.
Swimming is a great form of exercise for people of any age and whether you’re swimming as part of a prescribed therapy or for recreational purposes, it provides many benefits. Swimming offers a low impact full body workout, exercising literally every muscle in the body. A squat curl to press is equally effective, but we know which we’d rather do! Exercising in the water can help you improve and maintain good body health improving your body’s strength, flexibility, and cardio levels.
The perfect low-impact workout
Exercising in water offers more benefits than exercising on land. Your weight is supported by the buoyancy of the water as you exercise which relieves any pressure on muscles, joints, and ligaments. The water envelops weight-bearing joints which in turn reduces stress fractures and sore muscles and lowers the risk of potential injury which can occur with types of land-based exercises.
Swimming is beneficial for chronic conditions
Swimming is often recommended for people suffering from back or joint pain and chronic conditions such as arthritis. Exercising in water helps alleviate the symptoms of arthritis and has been known to slow down the progression of the disease.
Swimming is also beneficial to people with diabetes since the low-impact workout provides a safe way of controlling high cholesterol and blood sugar.
Swimming improves cardiovascular fitness which is particularly important for diabetics who are more at risk of heart disease than non-diabetics.
Swimming also helps control weight by burning calories which again, is important for diabetics.
Finally, exercise helps the muscle cells absorb blood sugar more effectively, and this helps to lower blood sugar levels which is critical to the health of a diabetic.
Improves mental health
Were you aware that swimming can also give your mental health a boost? It’s true.
- Stress relief – A dip in the pool is a fun way to relieve stress and also helps clear your mind. By being immersed in the water and concentrating on your technique, it can even help relax your brain.
- Healthy brain – Being immersed in water apparently increases the flow of blood to the brain. This means an increase in oxygen supply, nutrients and glucose, which it’s said has a positive impact on the health of the brain.
- Lowers anxiety and depression – Swimming releases endorphins which are also known as feel-good hormones. Regular swimming can help make us feel happier and promotes a sense of wellbeing.
- Social interaction – While swimming is beneficial as a solitary activity it’s also a great form of social interaction which shouldn’t be underestimated. It’s a good way to meet other like-minded people, swap swimming tips and even go for a coffee together afterwards.
- Blue is the colour – Many swimming pools are blue and there’s a reason for that. Blue is regarded as a soothing colour which affects our mental state. Pale blue, in particular, is said to aid concentration and calm the mind.
Just as swimming is good for your health and mind, so a pool cover is equally as important to your swimming pool, helping to extend your swimming period, keeping the water warmer, and keeping debris from entering your pool.
We supply custom made pool covers for all types and sizes of pools. Why not check out our website and if you’re in need of a top quality pool cover then please get in touch with the pool cover experts at Just Covers. Call us today on 1300 268377.