Backyard Swimming Pools Mean a Healthier and Fun Lifestyle
The best way to cool off quickly on a hot summer’s day is a dip in the swimming pool. For the lucky people who have a pool in their backyard, summer is both comfortable and fun. Swimming pools make summer heat a lot more bearable, but that’s just the beginning. With poolside picnics and parties, your friends and family can join in the fun. And for those who don’t yet have pools, looking at different types of pool design can be the beginning of a cooler summer and a fun and healthy lifestyle.
Who needs a pool?
Americans love their backyards. Yes, you knew that already, and a survey conducted by Harris Poll for the National Association of Landscape Professionals just confirmed that. Of the 2,034 adults over the age of 18 surveyed, three out of four or 75% said that it’s important for them to be able to spend time outdoors in the backyard.
Having a swimming pool in your backyard gives your outdoor spaces a whole new element. Quite literally. Especially in the summer, just adding water to any situation makes it a lot more fun. Poolside parties, picnics and barbecues are a way to share the fun with friends and family.
Swimming is healthy and fun
Swimming is the fourth most popular form of recreation or activity in the U.S., and it’s easy to see why. It’s fun and it’s healthy. Just an hour of swimming counts as vigorous exercise, and burns as much as 650 calories. Features like diving boards can add to the fun factor, especially for youngsters.
That’s why there are 10.6 million swimming pools in the U.S. In addition, there are over 7.3 million hot tubs in use as well, according to Pool and Spa Marketing. Hot tubs too have many health benefits, and like swimming pools, they’re a great adjunct to any party or event.
Pool design choices
When it comes to pool design and swimming pool construction, there are many choices to be made. The first is whether it should be in ground or above ground. Tastes are split quite evenly on this question, with 50.6% homeowners choosing inground swimming pools and 47% picking above ground pools. Fiberglass inground pools are a popular choice.
Depending on where you live, pools can be salt water as well. There are health and therapeutic benefits to swimming in salt water pools, and about 12% of homeowners with swimming pools pick these. Salt water pools need less maintenance, and eliminate the use of chlorine along with the problems it causes. Many people who have converted their custom swimming pools to salt water feel that it is a good investment.
Whatever type of custom pool you choose and whatever pool design you prefer, you can be sure that it will add hours of enjoyment to your outdoor time. It’s also your path to a healthier lifestyle.