Now that the summer is almost here, many people are trying to spend more time outdoors being more active. One of the best summertime activities that’s not only a lot of fun for people of all ages but also very physically beneficial is swimming. Swimming is a great low-impact exercise that gets your whole body moving. The question you might have is whether it’s more advantageous to buy your own pool for the backyard or join a local swim club.
If you buy your own pool, this is a pretty hefty investment but you’ll have full access to it at all times. The only issue with having your own swimming pool is the amount of work that goes into maintaining it. For instance, you need to buy filters, chlorine and cleaning tools to keep the pool looking its best. You also need to invest in a good quality cover to prevent leaves and debris from falling into the pool during off-hours. Apart from all of the maintenance, the pool has to be set up and you’ll need a lot of space in the yard for it to fit safely.
Swim clubs are great because they take the guesswork out of owning a pool. You just visit the club at virtually any time you want, swim as long as you want and go home. You don’t have to worry about cleaning the pool or keeping it maintained. These clubs also come with lifeguards who keep an eye on you and your family while you’re all swimming. The main disadvantage to belonging to a swim club is the price attached. It’s not uncommon to pay a few hundred dollars per season just to have access to the pool. Plus, you’ll be subject to their rules, regulations and open hours. This means that if you want to go swimming at 9 p.m. and the club is closed, you’re out of luck and won’t be able to get there until the next day.
Whether you belong to a club or choose to buy your own pool, the importance is incorporating exercise into your daily life and making it a routine to go swimming.