Benefits of Owning a Swimming Pool – Part One

This is a three-series blog: This first post will highlight the health benefits of your family owning their own swimming pool.

Have you been contemplating installing a swimming pool for your family home? The investment may seem a lot… but when you consider all the benefits of a pool, the decision will become easy.

Having your own personal backyard oasis to relax, refresh and bliss out in is plenty of incentive by itself. But the benefits of owning a swimming pool extend well beyond the obvious ones. A swimming pool will open up a new lifestyle for your family, enabling you to improve your health, allow you more time to enjoy life with family and friends and provide an easy way to cool off from work and stresses.

1. Easy Exercise

An obvious health benefit is swimming. This is a low-impact exercise, which compared with many other activities, puts much less strain on the body and less pressure on muscles and joints. It’s a great cardiovascular workout with little risk of injury. Swimming is a full body workout and one of the best ways to build strength and muscle stamina.

Regular exercise provides numerous wellness benefits such as enhanced immunity, boosted metabolism, better sleep, weight loss/management, and better mental health. Swimming is great for all ages, from babies to the elderly.

You can also do aqua therapy in your own personal aquatic space. This could be walking in the shallow end, using water weights, floating, or other exercises. Essentially, having a home pool makes exercise easy, convenient, free and excuse-free.

2. Relieves Stress and Anxiety 

The swimming pool environment is typically one that promotes feelings of calmness, serenity and fun. Yet, swimming also has an effect on our brains that reduces stress and anxiety. Speedo did a study which found that:

  • Jumping in the pool is the perfect way to unwind after a busy day – 74%agreed that swimming helps release stress and tension.
  • Swimming is the ideal ‘feel good’ exercise – 68%stated that being in the water helps them to feel good about themselves.
  • Swimming can have a positive mental impact – 70% agreed that it helps them feel mentally refreshed.

In addition, the physical activity that takes place in the pool can help release the chemical serotonin in your brain, which promotes feelings of peace, calmness and joy.

3. Year-Round Source of Recreation

You may think a swimming pool = summer, but keeping your pool open year-round is possible and affordable. A pool heat pump can provide all the heat you need to enjoy comfortable swims, even in the chilliest time of winter. Even if you put on a wetsuit – your pool is convenient and available for you to exercise and relax in year round.

Furthermore, warm swims are therapeutic for the body and can provide substantial anti-inflammatory benefits. Which is why a lot of people also integrate a personal spa into their concrete swimming pool. A heated pool just adds extra wellness benefits, being soothing both physically and mentally.

Continue to part 2 of 3 of this post here.