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Inground Lap Pools: Enjoyable Fitness

May 27, 2008
When thinking about swimming pools, most people envision the elaborate design and landscaping associated with hotel and resort pools. While pools certainly can be used for recreational purposes a growing number of people are recognizing swimming for its exercise benefits. More and more pools are being built with fitness in mind.

For an effective workout, you should consider inground lap pools. Swimming is an excellent workout for all different types of people. For those that have joint problems and experience discomfort with walking or other forms of exercise, swimming may be a great alternative. Swimming does not put the pressure on the joints as other forms of exercising do. A lap pool with a flowing current may be a perfect solution to achieve the desired exercise while avoiding pain.

A lap pool is very different from other swimming pools in that it is specifically designed for people seeking exercise and fitness by concentrating on swimming laps. Most lap pools are rectangular instead of utilizing the curvier designs favored by recreational pool owners. Plus, lap pools can be built as narrow as just one swimming lane.

Lap swimming is a gentle and effective exercise that can be done by most everyone. Fitness and muscle tone is increased while protecting joints. And it is a wonderful stress reliever.

Indoor lap pools offer versatility and space savings. They may be installed in a fitness room or another room and can double as a decorative feature indoors or out.

A current is a feature of many modern pools, both the elevated type and inground lap pools. Pools with this feature of a steady stream of water in one direction, which effectively creates an endless swimming pool for the swimmer. This not only facilitates smaller construction area for the pool, but greatly increases the effectiveness of the workout of the swimmer.

Inground lap pools may be placed either indoors or outdoors. Indoor pools have the obvious advantage of being less sensitive to outdoor temperature fluctuations, but even an outdoor pool can be made to work year-round. Heated pools are popular among both business owners and homeowners, and make swimming far more comfortable regardless of the season.

The cost of installing a lap pool depends on the size of the pool and which features are to be included. Usually, a larger pool will cost more to install. Adding features such as heating systems and automatic current will also increase the price. Most people consider the costs of installation to be a small price to pay for the exercise and personal enjoyment that they get from their pools.
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