OK, it’s been a long, hard day and swimming in the Lap Pool may be just the therapy you need to unwind and escape. Aside from helping your rehab and helping you relax and rest your muscles, it turns out that spending time in a Lap Pool may provide other benefits like stress relief too…
Lap pools are a high reward pool that allows you to exercise and relax without having to go to another place, everything is here, a Spa Pool / Hot Tub, Sauna and your own shower facilities.
A lap pool is an incredibly underrated type of pool. Lap pools are great for exercising, provide a great space to hang out. Lap pools don’t have to be boring; relax, and enjoy your gym surroundings, jump in it after your workout or before the Sauna. Anything is possible – you choose.
Here are a few ways that lap pools can add to your life.
Lap pools give a swimmer enough space to move in the pool to get a real workout. Lap Pools are great for workouts and hydrotherapy. Small children can swim safely in them without parents having to worry about them getting lost in a larger pool. Combine our Lap Pool with our hot tub, giving you another small water feature that is perfect for relaxing and making you feel revitalised.
Swimming is a remarkably effective workout because it combines three important types of exercise in one: aerobics, stretching, and strengthening. Simply keeping yourself afloat activates the core muscles in your back and abdomen. And you have to move all of your muscles to swim.
Is Lap Pool Swimming for You?
Consider lap pool swimming if you’re generally healthy, you’re a good swimmer, and your doctor says it’s okay. It’s no problem if you’re not a fan of the crawl. Any stroke is fine. The breast, side, and back strokes are often favored because a lot of people don’t like putting their face in the water, like you have to do with the crawl. However, lap pool swimming might be not be doable if you have an underlying condition, such as heart disease or a seizure disorder, that puts you at risk for a life-threatening event in the water. You may also need to skip lap pool swimming if you’re not strong enough to climb in and out of the pool easily. And you should be careful if you have injuries to your shoulders or neck. Lap pool swimming may increase your pain. We hear the lap pool is great for rehab after having a stroke or if you are having heart problems, just check with your GP.
Start your lap pool swimming routine slowly
A green light for a lap pool swimming routine doesn’t mean you should start with 20 laps. Ease into it. Focus on the amount of time you spend swimming, at first. For example, swim for five or 10 minutes, a few times per week. Gradually increase the amount of time each week, and note how many laps you can do within that time. Eventually, set goals to increase your speed by doing more laps in your set time, so that you can measure your progress.
A Big Payoff
Once you’re in the swim of things, you’ll notice lots of benefits to lap pool swimming. It’s easy on the joints, thanks to buoyancy in water, and it has a meditative quality that forces you to focus on your movement and breathing.
Lap swimming also…
improves endurance and cardiovascular health
helps lower blood pressure
helps you control your weight
boosts your balance
reduces fall risk
helps sharpen thinking
helps reduce stress.
Some dos and don’ts for lap swimming
It’s important to warm up your muscles before diving into a lap swimming workout. All it takes is a few minutes of gentle paddling, and then static stretches of your shoulder and leg muscles.
Some other dos and don’ts:
Do wear nonslip shoes or sandals when walking on or around the pool deck.
Don’t forget to stay hydrated before and after a workout.
Don’t skip stretching your muscles after lap swimming. You’ll want to stay flexible so you can get back in the pool.
For the non-swimmers in the pool
If you’re not a lap pool swimmer, you can still benefit from aquatic exercises — exercising in the shallow end of the pool. You can simply try water walking; working against the resistance of the water is good for your muscles and bones. If you have balance problems, it’s a good idea to exercise with a friend who can assist you. We recommend wearing a buoyancy belt around your waist to keep you upright.