Have you ever considered the health benefits that come with being a pool owner?
There is so much more that meets the eye when it comes to having a beautiful pool on your property. You can enjoy 24-hour access to a personal wellness center, as well as countless opportunities to improve your physical, mental and emotional health.
Let’s explore six of the most incredible wellness benefits of swimming.
1. A Happy and Healthy Heart
Your heart is one of the most vital organs in the body, and swimming keeps it in shape. Swimming laps is an aerobic exercise that helps maintain healthy cholesterol levels, reduces high blood pressure and creates flexibility within the cells that line your arteries.
Without proper exercise, your heart can become prone to coronary heart disease and poor blood flow. Studies have shown that women who swim 30 minutes per day decrease this likelihood by a whopping 30-40 percent!
2. Decrease Your Risk for Diabetes
Studies report a strong correlation between increased aerobic exercise and a decreased risk for diabetes. Because swimming is mainly an aerobic exercise, statistics have proven that someone who swims laps 3x a week for 30 minutes can reduce their risk of diabetes by at least 10 percent!
Those who swim more often than this are 16 percent less likely to develop the disease than those who live a sedentary lifestyle. For diabetitic patients, committing to an aerobic exercise such as swimming can actually increase your insulin sensitivity.
3. Swim Your Worries Away
Swimming can be instrumental in tackling anxiety, depression and stress. When swimming, your brain releases endorphins, which help create feelings of relaxation. Not only do these endorphins create a feel-good frame of mind, but also routine swimming habits can trigger hippocampal neurogenesis. This is a process where the brain grows new cells in parts of the brain that have been weakened by stress.
4. Weight Loss and Maintenance
Routinely swimming laps is an efficient way to burn extra calories. For every 10 minutes of swimming, you can burn between 60-150 calories depending on the stroke. These strokes, from least amount of calories burned to most, include: breaststroke, freestyle, backstroke and butterfly.
5. Skeletal and Muscular Health
Since swimming challenges your body to work against the force of water, this type of exercise promotes flexibility, muscle toning and bone strength. In addition, swimming has been known to alleviate the aches of arthritis and decrease osteoarthritis/joint pain due to the buoyancy of the water supporting 90 percent of your body’s weight. If you struggle with any of these issues, try adding a heater to your pool to experience further relief.
6. Increased Life Expectancy
Given all of the major wellness benefits that come along with swimming, it’s no surprise that swimmers tend to have a longer life expectancy than people who aren’t active. It has been proven that those who choose to swim routinely have a 50 percent lower death rate than those who choose other forms of exercising like running or walking.
Utilize your pool for more than pool parties and backyard aesthetics. Add swimming to your daily wellness routine to reap its long term benefits. Contact Paradise Pools to discuss your plans to build a new pool or upgrade your current one.