Swimming is something we all do as kids, and then as we get older a lot of us start to lose interest. It’s not because it’s not fun, but as we get older we have other things to do. Also as we get older, we get hang-ups about our bodies in a way that few kids really do. That’s not to say it never happens to kids; regrettably it does. But whatever age we are, we can all benefit from time spent in the pool.
If you’ve been considering getting a backyard pool, or just starting to get more use from the one you have, then you definitely should. There are so many reasons why it is an excellent choice, ranging from the obvious health benefits to many others. Although it’s not cheap, the benefits you will get mean it really does pay for itself. Particularly if you have the climate to suit it, a pool can be a year-round investment.
Swimming Is Some Of The Best Exercise You’ll Get
A lot of people talk about swimming as a low-impact form of exercise, and in some ways it is. It is an excellent way of getting aerobic and cardio exercise, which everyone needs. It doesn’t put much pressure on muscles, and if you struggle with endurance time in the pool is a great way to build it.
Getting In The Pool Is A Great Way To Cool Off
It’s a fact that, globally, temperatures are on the rise, and are staying higher for longer periods of time. It is also a fact that heatwaves are happening more often. Heatwaves has its benefits for those who love the sun. However, anyone who says that it’s not occasionally uncomfortable is either untruthful or some sort of lizard. We’re not built to sustain heat indefinitely. Getting in the pool is heaven on hot, steamy days like these.
Swimming Is A Communal Form Of Exercise
Going to the gym has its place. We all benefit from running machines and exercise bikes, but it’s not for everyone. It’s certainly not “fun for all the family.” You don’t really get to have a fun chat as you’re pounding the treadmill. That’s not least because you fear being sling-shot into the weights machines if you pause for a moment. But you can use your backyard pool and go at your own pace. Make it a family thing.
Helps In Recovering From An Injury
As mentioned earlier, swimming in a pool is a low-impact form of exercise from a muscular point of view. This is a major reason why doctors recommend it as part of an injury recovery regime. To get back in shape you need to exercise. With the support of the water, you can do it without over-exerting and aggravating the injury. It will also strengthen muscle generally.
Perfect For Parties
No matter the type of party, a backyard pool can be an excellent venue. For grown-ups, they allow an outdoor space to enjoy good music, food, drinks and a place to cool off in summer. For kids’ parties where games are an absolute essential, they provide a great setting. From the classics like Marco Polo, to Noodle Jousting and Octopus, all are a lot of fun and easy to monitor.
Enhances An Outdoor Space
When you move into a house, most of your time is spent thinking about the indoors. But the outdoor areas are in many ways just as important. A well-tended garden can make a house feel more like a home and increase its resale value. A pool and outdoor seating area can make it special too. When friends and family come to visit, you can be sure that they will appreciate the chance for a dip.
Each Pool Can Be Customized To Great Effect
It could never be said that when you’ve seen one pool, you’ve seen them all. What you do with your pool is up to you, but you can add a waterfalls, put in a springboard or set up a hot tub and that’s just to start. Even a waterslide is a possibility; however, unless you have a lot of disposable income you’re not going to challenge the theme parks.
Out Of The Pool Onto The Patio
Setting up a seated area on the patio is the perfect way to follow up a relaxing time in the pool. After you’ve had a bit of a workout and swum until you can swim no more – or if you feel like a change of scene – a few patio heaters will make a big difference. You’ve worked those muscles and now they deserve a rest. Get a towel wrapped around you and let the heat radiate and soothe any aches away.
As the temperatures drop and you’re still in your swimming costume, warming up by the pool is essential. Next to a heater on a comfortable patio chair, you can relax with a drink and carry on conversations begun in the pool. It’s worth checking sites like Hot Tub Advice to get a bit more information on what will suit you.
It’s An Incredible Way To De-stress
In the course of a day’s work, the stresses and strains can build up to the point where you feel like one big knot of frustration. Getting in a swimming pool and swimming or just floating for a bit can be a wonderful way of letting those stresses melt away. Think of it as being a big, gentle massage that encompasses your whole body. Can you think of anything more relaxing than that?
Strengthening Athletic Abilities
A child can demonstrate a talent for swimming or diving in the swimming pool. Maybe they’ll be great at water polo or synchronized swimming. In any case, the chance to practice at home is something that could make things much easier for them.
Any Day Can Be A Holiday
Your familiar with the idea of a “staycation.” You do all the things that you would do on holiday (try driving a few towns over for some sight-seeing). The kicker is that you don’t have the travel costs to worry about. So if you like to spend a holiday by the pool, now you can do it at home. Weather permitting of course!
It’s A Great Convincer For Playdates
Let’s be honest, you’ll see your kids more. Inviting their friends over to swim and play is a great way to get to know other parents too. You can use the time for adult interaction. Having your own pool is a pretty useful card to have in the deck. Kids like swimming and it’s good for them – and it could be good for your kid’s social life too.
A Pool Ups Your Resale Value
Having a pool in your garden compared to not having one can up the resale value on your property by 5% or more. If your house is currently valued at $500,000, you could add another $25,000 on to that. The more you add around it – pool house, gas grill, diving boards – the more the value can rise. You’ll be sorry to leave it, but you’ll have the funds to do it again!
Do You Hate Bedtime? Not Anymore!
Having a backyard pool means that your kids are getting exercise all summer long. You may not realize the full benefit that this gives you until a couple of weeks into the summer. At some point, you realize that you haven’t had to shout at your kids to go to bed. They have tired themselves out swimming all day. A sound night’s sleep is good for them and for you.
The initial outlay of a backyard pool may seem excessive; however, the fourteen reasons above is worth it.
When it comes down to it how would you like to spend the sunny days of the year? With a meal and a drink, and relaxing swim, and than looking over the sparkling water of your backyard pool sounds like a winner to me. You’ll never regret making the choice to get a swimming pool.
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