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The Lap Pool - A Fun Path To Fitness

May 15, 2008
The benefits of swimming as a form of exercise are well documented. And of course we all know swimming is fun as well. But for most people, having a swimming pool in their backyard or home is simply out of financial reach. Or perhaps there just isn't enough space available. That's where the lap pool comes in to solve both problems.

Whether you're talking about a full size lap pool, or a smaller 5 foot version where you swim against a current, the fitness benefits cannot be denied. And chances are this is the one piece of exercise equipment you will use at every opportunity. Best of all, it can provide an almost perfect workout.

The first way you'll start to get healthy is through the cardiovascular workout. Your heart rate will increase, much like it would if you were running down the street, on a treadmill, or on a track. You'll be burning calories and increasing your endurance at the same time. So it's great for heart health and weight control as well.

And while running is good, swimming is better for one big reason. When you're done swimming you don't have to worry about aching knees or feet. The water is low impact, which means there's no constant pounding on your joints. The health benefits are the same or better, and you eliminate the aches and pains.

Perhaps you're looking to increase your strength as well as your overall health. Swimming does this also because the water provides resistance. It's the same principle as weight lifting. The weights provide resistance. The only difference is with weights you control the amount of resistance. But in both cases, the resistance will tone your muscles. Olympic athletes realize this and many make swimming a regular part of their exercise program. You can too.

I won't kid you into thinking that a lap pool is inexpensive, but it certainly will cost less than putting a huge traditional pool in your back yard. It will also take up less room. And if you go with one of the small models where you swim against a stream of jets, you can probably find room in your home. An indoor pool means you won't have to worry if it's cold or raining, you can still get your exercise every day.

If you should decide on a full length pool placed in ground and in your back yard, you're not only getting a place to exercise, but a place to entertain as well. Get an above ground pool and you'll likely be able to take it with you if you decide to move. Most of them are easily portable. And because of their size, they are relatively easy to maintain and keep clean. Not only do they cost less to get, they cost less to run as well.

If you're looking for a piece of exercise equipment, doesn't it make sense to get one that does everything? Your exercise should give you a good cardiovascular workout to burn calories, but with minimal chance of injury because it is low impact. Your exercise should also provide some resistance to build strength and muscle definition. Swimming will do all of that. Throw in the fact that a lap pool will fit almost anywhere, is easy to maintain, looks great and won't throw you into the poor house, and there's really nothing else you could ask for. Except maybe for your exercise to be fun, and you'll have a hard time finding someone to tell you they don't like to swim.
About the Author
To learn more about the incredible fitness benefits of a lap pool visit LapPoolInformation.com. You'll also get facts on the different variety of pools available, including the in ground and above ground lap pool .
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