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How a Pool Can Improve Your Health

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It’s easy to see how a pool can improve your health in terms of getting more physical exercise, becoming more athletic, and that’s important, but there are so many ways in which your mind and body can benefit from a pool at home, right in your very own backyard.

Last month we touched on how a custom-built pool is an investment in your wellbeing, and this month we’re going to explain the numerous ways in which that statement is made true.

Positivity from swimming

Ever wondered why you find yourself in a better mood once you’ve finished exercising? Aside from the positive sense of achievement, you should be feeling, there is a chemical reaction happening in your brain.

Endorphins are a natural chemical released by your pituitary gland and give you that euphoric feeling as well as helping you to manage pain. When we exercise, our bodies release endorphins and put us in a better mood than when we started. Endorphins have also been known to help with anxiety and depression, which is why it’s important to take regular exercise – something made easier with your own pool.

Better for your joints than running

Whether you’re running, playing tennis, or simply out for a round of golf, the impact of your body weight connecting with the ground over and over eventually takes its toll. Joint pain is a common complaint of runners, both for seasoned pros and beginners, but this is something avoided completely with swimming.

Because your body is buoyed by the water, you’re never connecting your full weight with the ground. From simple laps exercise to water aerobics, the support on your joints from the water means no discomfort afterward.

A healthy heart

The key to a longer, healthier life is a healthy heart. Since swimming involves the use of your whole body, it’s a great piece of cardiovascular exercise. There have been countless studies which have indicated cardio does the following:

  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Lowers cholesterol
  • Improves blood flow
  • Reduces the risk of heart disease
  • Reduces the occurrence of arrhythmia

All of that from a leisurely swim in your own backyard is hard to beat!

We’re social creatures

Your mental well-being is just as important as your physical wellbeing, and socializing is a great way of keeping your mind active. With your own, custom-designed pool and outdoor living area, you can have friends, family, and neighbors over to share the space and keep you connected.

Socializing is thought to help lower the risk of dementia, decrease the risk of depression, help you live longer, and give you a stronger immune system. These are all benefits you can gain by spending more time outdoors with others face to face, not relying on the use of technology.

As humans, it’s natural to want to connect with others, so why not hang out with friends and host events around your pool? You can even add background music to your event with an outdoor audio system if you’re hosting a gathering and want to make a good impression.

Are you looking for a new way to keep fit without having to pound the concrete sidewalks every day? Or do you want to host more for your family and friends in a safe, outdoor setting? Contact us today at Ashton Pools by Design to talk about how a custom-built pool and outdoor living space for your home in Delaware could help you achieve your goals.

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