Water is key to our everyday survival. It is also recognized as having the power to heal. For thousands of years, cultures have relied on water for both rehabilitation and recreational use. In modern times, we are discovering both children and adults can benefit not only from water-play and swimming, but also regular movement and exercise.
Two methods producing astounding results are aquatic therapy and hydrotherapy. Aquatic therapy is a program or series of exercises performed in warm water. It can be used to treat a variety of medical conditions, and employs the physical properties of water to enhance exercise performance. In contrast, hydrotherapy involves sitting in warm to hot water, allowing stressed muscles the opportunity to relax and offering the body natural pain relief.
In addition to aquatic therapy and hydrotherapy, traditional water-play and swimming are integral to cardiovascular fitness. Swimming is renowned for its full body workout. Games like dart diving, water polo, and underwater hockey help build a healthy heart and lungs. All told, time spent in a pool can help build endurance, develop muscle tone, and improve flexibility.
Sadly, busy lifestyles often hamper the ability for many to attend programs at public pools. Thus the backyard pool, once considered a luxury item, is now a must-have for homeowners. Families can spend less time rushing around, and engage in fun and frivolous water-based games. By tossing a beach ball or swimming along the pool bottom, children are developing strength, balance, range of motion, lung capacity, and overall fitness. Meanwhile, adults appreciate the privacy of a backyard pool. Whether lounging on a float or swimming laps, the tranquility of water after a long day at work is paradise.
If you love spending time in the water, a swimming pool should be seen as an investment towards a healthier lifestyle. From the fun factor in splashing around or playing pool games, to a private and comfortable setting for water-based exercise regimes, a backyard pool can enhance your way of life – both in and out of the water.
This article is courtesy of Sun Covers Canada, a provider of Canadian-made solar pool blankets and pool covers for inground and aboveground swimming pools.