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Exercising during the summer can be a huge challenge for many individuals in the DFW area. Texas’s infamous heat makes the short walk to your mailbox at the end of your driveway feel like a walk through a never-ending furnace, so we understand why most people would rather stay inside. The only problem is that our bodies rely on us getting exercise daily to burn calories and boost our mental health. Experts suggest that the average adult should get at least 150 minutes of moderate exercise or 75 minutes of vigorous exercise every week to ensure a healthy body.

Wondering how you can keep cool while also meeting your body’s need to burn calories? Why not invest in a swimming pool? Our team of pool experts at Liquid Concept Pools has taken the time to research the physical and mental health benefits of swimming so that you don’t have to. If you have a pool of your very own, you can swim whenever you want and burn tons of calories while you’re at it. We found that swimming just an hour a day burns as many calories as going for a 30-minute run, but without the negative impact on your bones and joints. Here is more information about how a swimming pool can keep you looking and feeling your very best!

1. Swimming Pools Work Your Whole Body

Unlike other forms of physical activity that work only certain muscle groups, pools work your entire body. Water offers heavier resistance than air, so any workout you do in the pool feels more challenging and works your body harder compared to doing them on land. Heavier resistance works your muscles more fully, requires your body to burn more calories in a shorter amount of time, and improves strength and endurance. The best part is that the water helps you stay cool the whole time.

Liquid Concept Pools Pro Tip: What Exercises Should I Do?

If you are looking to maximize your body’s strength, endurance, and tone your muscles without overstressing your body, here are some swim strokes to try!

  • Breaststroke
  • Backstroke
  • Sidestroke
  • Butterfly
  • Freestyle

If you are primarily interested in a pool for exercise, then a lap pool may be the right choice for you. Lap pools are straight-line pools that not only look sharp, but focus the swimmer’s attention on the task at hand. These pools create a calm and focused environment for your daily exercise and can be heated so that you can enjoy your pool well after the season has ended. For more information on Liquid Concept Pools’ incredible lap pool builds, contact our team today!

2. Pools Work Your Insides

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We know these benefits sound a bit odd, but hear us out. While your muscles are busy helping you tackle the task at hand, your cardiovascular system is getting a nice workout, too. Swimmers have been shown to have strong hearts and lungs, which aids in their ability to move seamlessly throughout the water. Swimming daily can improve your heart and respiratory systems and offer other benefits such as lower blood pressure.

3. Swimming Is The Perfect Activity For Individuals With Injuries Or Health Conditions

Exercises such as running and weight lifting seriously stress your joints and can lead to serious injuries over time. If you have suffered an injury and are worried about not being able to stay in shape, consider talking with your doctor about whether swimming can help.

Swimming is a safe and effective way to get exercise for individuals with the following health concerns:

  • Arthritis
  • Injury
  • Disabilities
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Pregnancy
  • Osteoporosis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Balance Issues
  • Joint Injuries

Liquid Concept Pools Pro Tip: Respiratory Wellness

Some individuals suffer from respiratory issues such as asthma, which can make working out almost impossible and potentially dangerous. Swimming can be a great alternative for some individuals struggling with breathing issues as it helps strengthen your lungs with minimal strain on your body.

However, it is important to always talk with your doctor before trying any exercise if you have heart or breathing issues. While swimming is typically great for your health, some individuals may find their condition worsens if they don’t take the proper precautions. 

4. Swimming Burns Major Calories

If you are looking for an activity that is fun and burns off those calories, look no further than swimming. An average adult that weighs 160lbs can burn about 423 calories an hour while swimming laps or moving around the pool at a slow pace. With a more vigorous pool workout, this number can increase to 715 calories burned an hour.

Compare this with low-impact activities on land, such as walking: The adult 160lbs individual would burn only 314 calories one hour of walking (assuming they are walking at 3.5 miles an hour for the entire 60 minutes).

5. Boost Your Mood and Manage Stress

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Exercise is a great way to improve your overall mental health. Swimming just 60 minutes a day has been shown to release endorphins, resulting in a happier and healthier outlook on life.

Swimming also provides a healthy release for the pent-up energy and anxiety caused by stress. As you are swimming, your body releases endorphins and burns up energy, giving you something to focus on besides whatever is causing you stress. It’s an easy way to give yourself a break, get some exercise, and come back to the issue with a clearer head.

Build Your Dream Pool For Your Physical and Mental Wellbeing

Swimming pools that create a place for you to escape are a must-have in the DFW metroplex. Not only are they an invaluable escape from the heat, but they are also a good place to unwind, relax, and get some healthy exercise! Liquid Concept Pools is dedicated to helping residential and commercial clients build their dream pool for the health of their family, friends, and guests. Contact our team today for more information on our new pool build services, or to ask about how we can boost the beauty of your backyard!