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Pool Hobbies

On the benefits of pool activities, and hobbies that can provide us with aquatic exercise.

Pools, and other bodies of water, are our only opportunity to carry ourselves in a matrix other than air.

Unlike other bodies of water though, pools are contained, supervised, and safe from natural creatures and elements.

The physical support and the resistance water provides make aquatic activity healthy, beneficial, and fun.

Aquatic exercise is a low-impact activity that takes the pressure off the bones, joints and muscles. Water also offers natural resistance, which can help strengthen the muscles.

Aquatic exercises – Mayo Clinic

In many cases, pool activity beats a similar activity done outside of a pool:

Researchers say pool therapy seemed to have a greater influence than physical therapy on pain, function, quality of life, sleep quality, and mental state.

Pool therapy beats physical therapy for chronic low back pain – Harvard Health

While swimming is the most common hobby associated with it, many other activities can be done in a pool. Even a simple activity such as walking can be more beneficial in the water rather than out in the air.

The findings suggest that water walking on a non-motorized treadmill elicits similar VO₂ but higher HR than land walking;

Cardiorespiratory of land and water walking on a non motorized treadmill – National Library of Medicine

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The pool is for more than just swimming.

Compared with brisk walking, swimming allows you to meet your fitness goals with less stress on your joints and muscles.

Exercising in water: Big heart benefits and little downside – Harvard Health

Pool hobbies can benefit us by providing aquatic exercise and fun.

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