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Cottage holiday with private use of Swimming Pool

Swimming is renowned as the perfect exercise for both mental and physical fitness. Whether babies first swim, you don’t feel comfortable going to your local public swimming pool or not had the chance to go for a swim. Swimming is beneficial for all ages and fitness levels!

Swimming also allows a person to go at their own pace, and it can be inviting for newcomers and those needing rehabilitation. People tend to get bored with repetitive exercise, but there are many ways to keep swimming interesting. There are several strokes to master, aerobic exercises and flotation aids to try.

Kingates Farm, Indoor pool is 15 meters long and has a depth range between .8m - 2m, a sign on the long side indicates a sharp drop. It is heated to a comfortable temperature of between 29/30 degrees. It has a shower/steam room, toilet/changing facilities,floats and safety equipment. 

Swimming has many benefits; its improvements to overall health go much deeper. So, let’s take a big breath, and dive into the benefits of swimming:

Swimming burns calories.
Everyone knows that swimming is a great way to burn calories, but most don’t realize it can be just as efficient as jumping on the treadmill. Depending on the stroke you choose and your intensity, swimming can burn equal or greater calories than running.

Additionally, you don’t have to worry about sweat in your eyes. For example: for 10 minutes of swimming you burn 60 calories with the breast stroke, 80 calories with the backstroke, 100 calories with freestyle, and an impressive 150 with the butterfly stroke.

For perspective, running a 10-minute mile burns around 100 calories. Therefore, a strong 30-min butterfly speed session can burn 150 more calories than running a 5K in the same time frame.

Swimming reduces inflammation.
While swimming’s cardiovascular benefits of strengthening the heart muscle are common knowledge, research also indicates aerobic activities, such as swimming, reduce inflammation that leads to atherosclerosis build-up in the heart.

Reducing system-wide inflammation leads to lessened disease progression such as arthritis and in many other areas as well.

Swimming improves muscle definition and strength.
Swimmers gain muscle strength throughout the entire body. Where runners see muscle build in their legs, swimmers utilize more muscle groups to move through the water. While the legs kick, the arms pull. As the back reaches and rotates, the stomach tightens to power the legs and stabilize the core, making swimming one of the best aerobic exercises to give you a total body workout. 

Swimming builds up bone mass.
For years, researchers scoffed at the idea that swimming affected bone mass. After all, only weight-bearing exercises were able to achieve this benefit, right? 

Swimming helps you stay flexible.
Swimming requires you to reach, stretch, twist, and pull your way through the water. Your ankles become fins and are stretched with each kick as you push off against the liquid pressure. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t still stretch on your own, but repetitive stretching found in your various strokes also helps with flexibility.

Swimming can improve exercise-induced asthma.
Nothing is as frustrating as trying to exercise and being unable to get your breath. Unlike working out in dry gym air or braving seasonal pollen counts, however, swimming allows you to breathe moist air while you train. Not only does swimming help alleviate asthma symptoms, studies have shown that it can actually improve the overall condition of the lungs.

People who don’t have asthma benefit too as swimming increases overall lung-volume and teaches good breathing techniques.

At Kingates Farm, our pool has such a good filtration system, we only need the minimum required chemicals unlike public pools that have to use so much more, due to more frequent users!  

Swimming lowers stress and depression.
Love that natural endorphin kick? While many talk about a runner’s high, swimming can bring about all those feel-good emotions too.

In addition to the happy hormones, you also can feel a relaxation response similar to yoga. As I mentioned previously, swimming stretches your body constantly. Combine this with the deep rhythmic breathing, and you can experience a relaxation rush that’s very unique to the sport.

Swimming is also calming and meditative, as the sound of your breathing and the water rushing by helps you focus inward and drown out all other distractions. This lowers stress and depression naturally and can help you sleep better too!

Research also shows that swimming can reverse damage to the brain from stress through a process called hippocampal neurogenesis. So, if you feel like you’re drowning emotionally, jumping in an actual body of water may be exactly what you need to find your feel-good feet again.

Safe during pregnancy.
Swimming is a recommended form of exercise while pregnant but do discuss at what stages in your pregnancy it is most beneficial with your doctor.

Swimming can make you smarter.
Of course all exercise is great for the mind, but can swimming actually make you smarter?

Research results showed that kids who regularly participated in swimming were able to master language development, fine motor skills, confidence, and physical development sooner than the control group.

Swimming may just lengthen your life.
While all exercise can produce greater health and longevity, studies point to swimming as one of the best choices for doing so. 

Salt-water swimming can be a beauty treatment for skin.
With so many beautiful Isle of Wight beaches, switching from pool swimming to open water workouts in the ocean can show an improvement in skin tone.

Swimming regularly in salt water helps the skin retain moisture and detoxify to promote new cell growth. You will be surprised how smooth and healthy your skin feels after an invigorating ocean swim.

Feeling motivated to grab those goggles now? The water’s great! Jump on in and book that holiday cottage with pool access!

  • Kingates Farm - Farm Cottage

    Prices from £280.00

    Character Farm Cottage (sleeps 4) with secluded dog friendly garden and private use of indoor pool with steam room. Stunning valley views with direct access to South Coast AONB foot and cycle paths to local gourmet pubs from the paddocks.

    • Enclosed dog friendly garden
    • Private use of an indoor pool
    • Direct access to foot paths
    • Discounted ferry crossing
    • No booking fee!
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