Did you know that choosing to have an in-ground swimming pool in your very own back yard can be a giant dive into healthier lifestyle? We’re talking physical, mental, and emotional health, here! By providing yourself and your family with easy and convenient access to one of the simplest and most enjoyable ways to exercise outdoors, you’ll be inviting them to take strides toward a healthier body and mind right along with you!
Swim Away from Sedentary Ways!
The health risks associated with a sedentary lifestyle are absolutely staggering! And they certainly don’t discriminate on the basis of age, race, or gender (though some individuals may be at higher risk than others). Risks include the following biggies:
• Anxiety and Depression
• Cardiovascular disease
• Obesity-related Disease
• Type 2 Diabetes
In addition, sedentary older adults are at greater risk of falls than their more active peers.
Make a Major Splash with Outdoor Activity!
As important as healthy levels of physical activity are in their own right, you can increase the health-related benefits by making sure that activity takes place outdoors. According to one study, outdoor activity has a significantly higher ability to improve mental health than indoor exercise. Those involved in the study reported added benefits such as reduced tension, depression, confusion, and anger (compared to spending the same amount of time performing indoor activities). Another study demonstrated that even 5 minutes of exercise in a “green space” can provide emotional benefits such as greater self-esteem and improved mood.
Let Screen Time Take a Dive!
Today’s kids and adults spend an unprecedented amount of time indoors and being inactive. Amidst their boredom, screen time often fills the gap. And the addictive nature of those glowing screens is certainly no secret. Related health issues can be caused with any light-emitting screen, whether your vice is the TV, tablet, or your phone. Problems range from sleep issues to eye trouble and even mental impairment in children. A side-effect of spending time in front of screens is that unhealthy snacking often results; in fact, the entire snack food industry came up around the advent of the television.
Get Wet Together!
Okay, so maybe you’re convinced that outdoor activity is preferable to indoor inactivity, but you’re not quite sold on the idea of a pool. Well, for suburban homeowners, there aren’t too many options when it comes to maximizing your backyard square footage in a way that provides plenty of opportunities for those of any age to get outside and get moving! From young children to senior adults, the pool has room for everyone!
So just in case you’ve been thinking that you can’t afford a pool, maybe now you’re thinking you can’t afford not to have one?
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Since 1979 Lyon Financial has made the backyard resort dream come true for over 400,000 families across the U.S. Through our solid relationships with more than 3,000 pool contractors and our continued commitment to putting our clients first, we have built a reputation as the first choice in providing pool financing solutions. For more information, visit lyonfinancial.net or call (877) 754-5966 today.
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