Summer is approaching and pool season is underway. Though summer brings more warm days, not every summer day will be unbearably hot, and your pool may fail to have the consistent warm temperature desired for constant comfort. Soon summer ends, and your pool will cool down. The end of summer should not be the end of pool season. Swimming in warm water has been proven to improve your health and help the functioning of the body, and this access should be available year-round.
Here are some simple reasons for why swimming in warm water is great for your health:
Warm Water for Joint and Muscle Pain
The value of warm water has been realized for thousands of years. In terms of simply soaking and wading, warm water soothes and relieves arthritis pain and various spinal and back injuries. Warm water increases blood flow and circulation in order to reduce swelling or muscle inflammation from your day’s stresses. Soaking in warm water is ultimately very relaxing for your muscles, which allows better functioning throughout the rest of your day.
Though warm water is beneficial, a spa or Jacuzzi may not be the safest bet as a source of warm water. Spas and Jacuzzis can reach overly high temperatures of nearly 100 degrees, and this heat can increase cardiovascular issues, especially in the elderly. Comfortable warm water in the mid-high eighties is the most tolerable for the body without shocking or overheating your system.
Swimming as Exercise and Rehabilitation
Swimming is a great form of exercise: moving through water is low impact and targets muscles all over your body without harsh gravitational demands. It is very useful for building endurance, as controlling and holding your breath helps to increase and build lung capacity. By simply keeping yourself afloat, you are burning calories. Actively swimming allows you to burn anywhere from 500-1000 calories per hour.
Swimming in warm water is also a form of rehabilitation for major injuries. As mentioned, the low impact nature of swimming strengthens muscles, joints, and tendons. It is an active form of stretching: a full range of motion allows for muscles to be stretched and strengthened from angles unachievable outside of water. Slight resistance at all degrees of motion is vital for full rehabilitation, and loose muscles and joints are necessary for achieving a full range of motion without any tearing or tweaking. Cold water can be harmful, as the temperature can cause muscles to tighten and tear if over exhausted. Even for the average person who prefers other types of workouts, many trainers suggest swimming as a form of basic recovery and muscle rehabilitation between high impact workouts.
Swimming in Warm Water for Mental Health
One of the most important aspects of a daily routine is finding moments of solace or meditation to help you escape the chaos of your day. Swimming is one of the most useful forms of mental relaxation as the natural buoyancy creates a physical lightness that transforms into a lightness of the mind.
Swimming allows the mind to relax and focus on consistent movement. By focusing on your breathing and strokes, you are able to clear the mind and meditate. Many people feel the need for road trips or escapes to hidden views for a sense of release; a swimming pool provides this comfort right in your backyard. Hopping in and floating around in the middle of your pool creates a real physical and mental distance from land and places you in a completely new element. Warm water is incredibly important to this process. A comfortable temperature allows the muscles to loosen and the mind to easily relax and focus on simple movements, while cold water causes distraction and a lack of comfort. Cold water forces you to move quickly to generate body heat in order to adapt, and this chaotic movement does not promote relaxation or calmness.
The effects of arthritis and fibromyalgia are surely a physical discomfort, and the chronic pain that results from these conditions leads to fatigue and sleeping problems, which can have an overall damaging effect on mental health. Swimming in warm water has been shown to ease pain from both of these issues, and a decrease in physical pain may lead to an increase in mental health.
Avoidance of Harmful Pollutants – Why Solar Power
A warm pool is a proven way to improve your health and mind, but what is the best way to heat it? Gas powered pool heaters are similar to motor vehicle engines, and much like vehicle engines, they release harmful toxins in the air. In many backyards, you can see a smoggy cloud of smoke hovering near gas powered heaters, polluting backyards and easily entering your lungs. This kind of prolonged exposure is physically and environmentally unhealthy. Solar powered pool heaters do not emit these toxic fumes, and are one of the most affordable methods to heat your pool. As fossil fuels diminish and continue to pollute, using solar energy to avoid inhaling carbon dioxide will improve both personal and societal health.
The health benefits of solar heating and warm water are essentially endless, as the avoidance of inhaling toxins and the loosening and relieving of muscle pain or tightness will only promote a more stable and strengthened body and mind. A pool is an investment that should be enjoyed comfortably throughout the year. Invest in a solar heating system for your pool, and give yourself the comfort you deserve year round for a long and healthy life.