Young child using board to exercise in backyard swimming pool The list of advantages that come with building a custom swimming pool in your backyard is substantial. In addition to improving the look of your property, adding value to your home, and providing an escape from Lehigh Valley’s hot summers, pools are an investment in your family’s well-being. No matter your fitness level, there are numerous health benefits of swimming.

B&B Custom Pools is a leading provider of professional pool design and construction services for clients in the greater Lehigh Valley and Berks, Bucks, Carbon, Monroe, and the greater Wyoming Valley areas in Pennsylvania. Here, we explore the well-documented health benefits of swimming and how having a pool at home makes it much easier to develop an exercise routine and build good workout habits in kids.

Get a Full-Body Workout

Unlike other forms of exercise, swimming works the entire body. Swimming targets every major muscle group, including the back, chest, triceps, biceps, core, quads, and glutes. That makes swimming a full-body workout, from head to toe. Those who engage in swimming exercises increase their heart rate without stressing their bodies, tone their muscles, and build strength and endurance.

Advanced swimmers can utilize various strokes to add variety to their swimming workout and target specific muscles. The different swimming strokes include:

  • Breaststroke
  • Backstroke
  • Sidestroke
  • Butterfly stroke
  • Freestyle

Regardless of which stroke you choose to perform, the water’s gentle resistance provides an excellent workout.

Work Out While Recovering From an Injury

Swimming and performing movement in the pool is low-impact, making it an ideal workout for people with injuries, arthritis, and other conditions. Swimming has proven to be an effective exercise for managing and improving pain. Many people choose to add swimming to their recovery programs based on evidence showing its benefits in helping reduce joint pain and stiffness. Furthermore, completing pool-related exercises can help people who experience physical limitations from a preexisting injury.

Manage a Healthy Weight

There may be no better exercise than swimming in terms of burning calories. Depending on the type of stroke, swimmers burn between 200 and 450 calories for 30 minutes of swimming at a moderate pace. When you compare that to the 100-200 calories burned from a 30-minute walk or the 100 calories burned per every mile run, swimming is a much more effective exercise for managing weight.

Provide Children with Fun Exercise Options

Children must engage in an appropriate amount of physical activity every single day. The amount of physical activity children need depends on their age. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends 60 minutes of daily physical activity for children and adolescents ages six through 17.

Swimming is an enjoyable activity for children that does not have to feel like a form of exercise. Swim time as a family is a great way to engage children in play and physical activity and establish healthy habits.

Other Health Benefits of Swimming

Swimming can help individuals address several health concerns, which is why so many choose to add it to their workout routines. Other health benefits of swimming include:

  • Improves the cardiovascular system
  • Boosts mood
  • Improves quality of sleep
  • Helps manage stress

Begin Planning Now with B&B Custom Pools

Anyone wishing to enjoy fun in the sun this summer should begin preparations now to ensure their backyard oasis is complete in time. B&B Custom Pools can help you design a pool area that seamlessly complements your space and meets your family’s needs. Our team of experts will help you choose between a variety of pool features to help make your design uniquely you.

Clients can also consider incorporating a functional outdoor living area to make their new design feel complete. B&B Custom Pools can transform your entire backyard into a customized outdoor retreat that accommodates your lifestyle and needs.

If you are ready to begin designing a dream pool for your family and take advantage of the health benefits of swimming, contact us today to learn about booking and our available financing options.