We all know that fitness is vital to our overall health and enjoyment of life. But there are days when you just can’t carve out the time to head to the gym. On those hectic days, don’t feel like you are letting yourself down or that you have to sacrifice your workout. Just head out to your UNIQUE swimming pool to burn some calories in a healthy and safe environment. And if you are not the owner of a fantastic custom swimming pool and spa from the UNIQUE Companies, just call 480-969-1911 to schedule a free consultation with a UNIQUE design pro. Or you can click here and fill out our online consultation request.
Swimming is an excellent form of cardio exercise. Cardio means that you are strengthening your heart, which will allow it to work more efficiently. Other benefits of cardio exercise include:
- lowering your blood pressure
- lowering bad cholesterol
- increasing good cholesterol
- regulating blood sugar
- reduces asthma symptoms
- reduces chronic pain
- regulates weight
- aids in sleep
- strengthens immune system
- and most people find it to be invigorating and a great way to avoid depression
The American Heart Association recommends 150 minutes of moderate cardio or aerobic exercise each week or 75 minutes of vigorous activity each week. It sounds like a lot, but five 30 minute sessions each week in your pool will have you covered.
Why Swimming In Your UNIQUE Swimming Pool Is A Great Choice
Many activities are considered cardio exercise, but many of them can also be the cause of some serious injuries. Running, hiking, and dancing can all be the cause of foot and knee issues. Biking and climbing are also known to provide a great cardio workout, but they can result in serious or even life-threatening injuries and accidents. But swimming laps in your pool is about the safest form of exercise that you will ever find. This incredibly low impact activity is recommended for people with injuries who are rehabilitating, so you know that it is safe and stress-free for your joints and the rest of your body. Even patients with leg injuries who cannot support their own body weight can swim thanks to their buoyancy in the water.
Swimming- The Perfect Full Body Workout!
Swimming is one of the few activities that provide you with an actual full-body workout. You are using both your arms and legs as well as core muscles when you swim. And by swimming all four major strokes, freestyle, breaststroke, backstroke, and butterfly, you are eliminating long term routine motions and muscle memory. This variation gives you an even better total body workout. Unlike weight lifting, which will only add bulk to your muscles, swimming will increase muscle strength, flexibility, and range of motion for a better overall result.
What’s The Calorie Burn When An Hour In Your UNIQUE Swimming Pool?
Let’s be honest, the overall thought of cardio and exercise in general is good, but you want to know the real numbers on your calorie burn. This result is what will help you fit into that new pair of shorts or that new swimming suit. And it will also dictate what kind of treat or cheat meal you can enjoy and realistically still lose a few pounds. Here are some numbers to think about that are determined based on a person of average health who weighs in at 150 pounds:
- On average 400 calories are burned when swimming at moderate intensity
- However, 700 calories are burned which turning the pace up to high intensity
To break things down a bit further, here are a few numbers based on the stroke that you are swimming:
- Treading water = 233 calories burned in an hour
- Backstroke = 305 calories burned in an hour
- Breaststroke = 337 calories burned in an hour
- Freestyle (light intensity) = 369 calories burned in an hour
- Freestyle (moderate intensity) = 528 calories burned in an hour
- Freestyle (high intensity) = 623 calories burned in an hour
- Butterfly = 878 calories burned in an hour
To put these numbers in perspective, the average person burns 100 calories running a mile. So in the heat of the summer, would you rather run five miles or swim freestyle in your pool at a moderate rate for an hour? Even in a small pool, you can tread water for a single hour and burn more calories than a two-mile run. The choice sounds pretty simple. Get out and enjoy some exercise in your UNIQUE swimming pool without feeling guilty about missing a trip to the gym. And if you want to learn more about how to get a custom-designed UNIQUE swimming pool and spa for your outdoor living space, call 480-969-1911 to schedule a free consultation with a UNIQUE design pro. Or you can click here and fill out our online consultation request. And don’t forget to include a spa in your design. Relaxing in your new UNIQUE spa is a great way to soothe sore muscles after a trip to the gym.