Having a pool in your backyard can be a huge advantage for the whole family. While splashing around the pool with the kids is great fun, many pool owners are missing out on some of the best ways to enjoy their pools and spas. All alone! Now that the kids are back in school, perhaps it is time to enjoy having the pool to yourself.
Relaxation and Well-Being
Let your worries drift away and release pent up stress as you enjoy some time to yourself in the pool. Simply floating in the pool and taking in the soothing sounds and weightless caress of water can be a great way to clear your mind and clarify your thoughts. You may discover that the pool is the perfect place to spend quiet time in prayer or meditation.
Some people enjoy daily pool time as scheduled sun therapy. Many nutritionists and naturopathic practitioners advise a 20-30 minute daily sun soak as a strategic means of boosting the body’s vitamin D levels. Vitamin D is known for a wide range of health benefits such as preventing cancer and type 1 diabetes, fighting colds and flu, assisting in weight loss, relieving pain and fatigue, and even helping to regulate a positive mental outlook. It is also nearly impossible to get enough of from diet alone.
A New Exercise Routine
Water exercises in the pool can provide additional resistance for a number of different workouts. In addition to the incredible workout provided by swimming itself, exercises such as water walking or jogging can be a fabulous, low-impact way to work leg muscles. Practicing an exercise routine that requires you to be in the pool gives you two benefits – you get to enjoy more time in the pool while strengthening all major muscle groups and even your heart!
Try water yoga or pilates! A quick search online should uncover some great water poses and movements, or you could simply incorporate one of your favorite routines into water exercises. Obviously, some of the exercises will be unsuitable for the pool, but the many can easily be performed in the comfort of the pool without the risk of falls or over extension.
Taking a few minutes out of your day for some spa therapy will lower your stress level and put you in a better mood. Everyone from professional athletic trainers to physical therapists extol the value of a warm soak and the gentle massage of water jets in easing muscle and joint pain and relieving inflammation. Consider adding some spa therapy to your day after the kids head to school or just before they get home. Having the pool to yourself, you do not need to worry about any distractions.
These are some great ways to enjoy your pool all by yourself. Of course, you should always follow common sense and pool safety guidelines when swimming alone. Be aware of your surroundings, make sure your pool area is secure against intruders, and consider keeping a cell phone or other means of communication nearby. Remember, never swim alone when under the influence of alcohol or if taking certain prescription drugs that can cause drowsiness or impair your reaction time.
Sometimes in the hustle and bustle of life it can be easy to forget why you built the pool in the first place. Discover these or your own new ways to find enjoyment in your pool and spa. It just may become the best part of your day!
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