More than just Luxury: How Access to Swimming Pools Benefits Health
The West Australian recently reported on the results of a study conducted by researchers from Telethon Kids Institute which shows that children in the suburbs of Perth can benefit from swimming. A combination of studies conducted over a five-year period and an assessment of clinical records showed that the installation of a pool results in significant reduction of chest, ear, and skin infections amongst children. The studies assessed children across two areas in Perth who had reduced infection rates of nearly 50 per cent after pools were built in both locations.
Not Just in Rural Areas
In suburban and even in urban areas, access to a pool may likely be taken for granted as a luxury feature for higher-end homes. However, swimming pools do come with an impressive array of health benefits for anyone, children or adults, regardless where they live.
A gentle swim is enough to burn about 200 kcal in 30 minutes. Thus, as far as exercises go, swimming is a most efficient calorie burner. This is due in part to water being around 800 times denser than air, which forces you to work harder and burn more calories in a shorter amount of time compared to other exercises.
Swimming is also more forgiving for people with illnesses, injuries, or disabilities who need to work out in a safe and comfortable environment. After all, 90 per cent of the body’s weight is supported by the water (the same reason it gives a full-body workout). You also have a good level of control over which muscle group to tone whilst swimming as different strokes allow you to focus on different parts of the body.
Aside from the perks discussed above, swimming helps alleviate stress, improve flexibility, straighten one’s posture, sharpen coordination and balance, provide a good way to cool down after a hot day, and relaxes the mind and body.
With all of these benefits, it’s no surprise that a swimming pool in your home turns out to be less of a luxury and more of a valuable addition. If you want to have a pool installed for your home, you can inquire with pool installers based in Perth such as Palm City Pools.
Kids take the plunge for surprising benefits, The West Australian, Jun. 3. 2015