As you’re starting to think about New Year’s resolutions, health is probably at the top of your mind. Have you considered getting a pool? Pools aren’t just for fun and games — they also have many health benefits. We all know getting some sunshine helps improve your mood and Vitamin D levels, but do you know what other health benefits you can get from spending time in a pool? Here’s some information on how a pool improves your family’s health.
Swim Away the Stress
Swimming is a great way to improve your mental health. Studies have shown that swimming improves mental function and reduces anxiety and depression. Water naturally releases tension in your mind and body, but other elements of swimming are also beneficial. For example, focusing on the rhythm of swimming takes your mind off things that cause stress. The exercise also releases endorphins, increasing your happiness.
Work Out Your Whole Body
Many forms of exercise focus on one part of the body, but swimming engages all of your muscles. It may feel like you’re just using your arms and legs, but swimming also engages your core and keeps your heart rate up.
Swimming and water aerobics are also great forms of exercise for those who suffer from arthritis or other joint pain. The effects of water take weight off of your joints and reduce inflammation, making water-based exercise the perfect form of exercise for any member of your family, regardless of age or disability.
Build Your Brain
A lot of research has been done on the health benefits of swimming. Some studies have shown that swimming helps regenerate brain cells that have been affected by stress, while other studies show that children who swim do better in school and have higher IQs than children who don’t swim.
Perfect for Pregnancy
Are you planning to add to your family? The low-impact nature of swimming makes it a great form of exercise during pregnancy. In addition, the water helps relax your muscles and take some weight off of your ankles, feet, spine, and sciatic nerve.
Skincare with Saltwater
Looking to change up your skincare routine? Try a saltwater pool. Saltwater is great for your skin. It acts as a gentle exfoliator, so it will help get rid of dead skin and relieve acne and other skin conditions. What more could you ask for?
Soothe Yourself (and Your Kids) to Sleep
Do you or your kids have trouble sleeping on a normal night? What about after a couple of hours in the pool? Swimming simultaneously works out your entire body while relaxing it, so it’s the perfect combination to prepare your (and your child’s) body for a restful night’s sleep.
Take Control of Your Family’s Health
Now that you know how a pool improves your family’s health, are you ready to take the next step? Contact us today to get a free quote. We’ll help you start the pool-building process and meet your New Year’s resolutions for a healthy, happy, connected family.