You may not think that you need to be told the benefits of swimming. After all, everyone knows that swimming is a great form of aerobic exercise and can help you develop long, lean muscles. Plus, there’s nothing quite so relaxing as lounging by a pool and going in for an occasional dip.
Still, people seem to think that constructing a backyard pool is an unnecessary expense and opt for just creating gardens instead. A garden can be a great place to lounge and admire your handiwork, but a pool will not only help you get in shape, it can help to cure many ailments.
Pools for Physical Therapy
Often, people undergoing some form of physical therapy are told to do stretches and exercises in a pool. This is because the pressure of the water makes you more buoyant. You move slowly and all the shock is absorbed by the water. If you were to do jumping or running motions on land, your knees and joints would definitely feel the shock. But when these motions are done in water, you’re sparing your joints the wear and tear you would have caused them on land. This is why a pool is great if you have any kind of joint problems.
And although you might feel reluctant to get in the water in a public pool where you’ll have to go through all your exercises in front of an audience, a pool in your backyard will give you the privacy you need to do as much or as little as you want on a certain day. You can move at your own comfort level.
Pools for Stress Relief
Water resistance is also great to help you get all those kinks out of your body after a long day at the office. Nowadays, people sit for long periods of time at their computers which can lead to backache and a general feeling of fatigue. Stretching it out in the water will help you to relax your body completely, which in turn is soothing for the mind as well. Since your body is more flexible in water, you’ll find yourself stretching more and strengthening all your muscles, including those in your back. This leads to a good night’s sleep and more energy the next day.
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