The amazing benefits of swimming all year long. Scientific studies of infant swimming in Germany have shown that early stimulation develops the child in three key areas- physically, mentally, and emotionally. As compared with a control group, which did not take year-round lessons, the children who swam consistently from infancy were significantly stronger and more coordinated. The muscles developed in a process similar to physical therapy enabled the children to excel at all physical activities and were not limited to swimming. The children also scored higher for intelligence and problem solving, which carried over into excellence and alertness in school. And, emotionally, children who swimRead More →

Finding relief from stress and worry is more important than you might think. Chronic stress heightens blood pressure and anxiety, and takes a physical and emotional toll over time, says Dr. Bruce Becker, research professor at Washington State University in Pullman, Wash. “When your car has to stay at high RPMs and sustain that for hours on end, things start to wear and break down. It’s the same with the body.” The therapeutic effects of warm water cannot be denied. In a recent study, Becker found that warm-water immersion (at around 100 degrees) for 24 minutes not only reduced the stress response in college studentsRead More →

Is swimming the best exercise for lifelong health? I’ve always hoped so — for decades as a recreational swimmer and more recently, as a competitor in meets sponsored by U.S. Masters Swimming, a group of 50,000 similar enthusiasts ages 18 to over 100. After all, you can swim with just your arms if you have a bum knee, or with just your legs if you have sore arms. You can swim with arthritis. Or a recently replaced hip. So I was thrilled when I opened the May-June 2010 issue of Swimmer and found an article about a 2008 study by Steven Blair, a leading exerciseRead More →

A swimming pool enclosure is a highly visible part of your home.  Whether you’re looking for privacy, protection from the sun and insects, a covered entertainment area, or an endless swim season, the right pool enclosure can provide an attractive getaway.  And in the hands of expert designers and a quality builder, it will also add an elegant architectural accent to your home. When you have a swimming pool at your home, it adds an indulgent feeling of relaxation. Homes that feature indoor swimming pools have a grandeur unlike any other.  The homeowners create amazing spaces with grottos, gardens, and greenhouses.  Accents in the form ofRead More →

Swimming is the fourth most popular sports activity in the United States and a good way to get regular aerobic physical activity. Just two and a half hours per week of aerobic physical activity, such as swimming, bicycling, or running can decrease the risk of chronic illnesses.  This can also lead to improved health for people with diabetes and heart disease. Many people report enjoying water-based exercise more than exercising on land. It’s fun, relaxing, and doesn’t stress the joints while moving.  So exercise is enjoyed longer in water than on land. Water-based Exercise and Chronic Illness Water-based exercise has been found to be helpfulRead More →

Responsible swimming pool ownership

A backyard pool can be a lot of fun, but it does not come without some liability issues that homeowners should be aware of. Safety devices and additional insurance coverage can help lessen the financial risk associated with having a pool in your backyard. Responsible swimming pool ownership means understanding the safety precautions: Homeowners are wise to incorporate every safety precaution available with regard to their backyard pools. While these precautions do not absolve the homeowners from liability, they can decrease the risks associated with owning a backyard pool. While no safety precaution for pools can eliminate the associated risks, not putting safety precautions intoRead More →