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How to Get in Shape in your Swimming Pool

Town & Country Pool Builders offer get in shape in your swimming pool tips

When you exercise in your family swimming pool, there are many instances where it just doesn’t feel like exercise at all. That’s great, especially if you want to get your children to be healthier without having to tell them that they are exercising. Sneaking exercise into a fun time in the pool is easier than sneaking vegetables into their meals and snacks, right? One of the biggest reasons that swimming in your family pool is a great way to get into an exercise routine is because you won’t have to deal with crowds at the public pool nor will you have to work around the schedule at a public pool — you can swim whenever you want.

Why is a swim workout ideal for so many people for so many reasons?  It’s a great way to get a cardiac and lung-healthy workout in without putting undue stress on your bones and joints. Prior to jumping into any workout routine you may want to talk with your family physician to make certain you are healthy enough to do so and he may have suggestions on ideal exercise routines you can enjoy.

Here from the swimming pool contractors from Town & Country Pool Builders, who serve homeowners in DC, Maryland & Virginia are reasons why pool exercising is great for the entire family:

  1. Aerobic exercise can prevent heart disease. To get an actual workout in you need to work hard enough to raise your hear rate. One way to do that is to run in place in the water. Swimming laps will do the same.  Working against the pressure of the water provides a heart-healthy workout and one that can be done without fear of injury to your knees or back because of the natural buoyancy of the water. Swimming works your entire body.
  2. The weightless environment of water lets a back pain sufferer enjoy a pain-free workout. Swimming strengthens your core and that supports your back and relieves pain.
  3. Use your swimming pool to amp up your strength training and enhance your endurance without having to lift weights. Swim fins can build strength in your arms and your legs — depending on where you wear them! For example, if you’re a tennis player, put swim fins on your arms and move them through the water to help build muscle. Ask us about other workout equipment that you can use in your pool and incorporate into your swim workout to get the most of your time in the water.
  4. Arthritis sufferers can find relief from pain and swollen joints in a swimming pool. The simple act of movement will loosen joints and relieve pain and pressure. Stronger muscles take pressure off your joints. The water’s buoyancy, again, makes exercise easier for those suffering from arthritis and might decrease swelling and pain.

If “getting in shape” was on your list of New Year’s Resolutions, turn to your swimming pool to do just that. If you haven’t made the decision on becoming a pool owner yet, this might be the impetus you were looking for!

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