June 15, 2016
Swimming is one of the most popular summer activities at Skytop Lodge. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, swimming is the one of the top five most popular sports activities in the country. With both an indoor and an outdoor pool, Skytop Lodge is one of the premier hotels with pools in the Poconos to offer year-round swimming. Swimming is not only fun, it also has several benefits for people of all ages.
Fitness experts will tell you that it is important to do both cardio and strength training exercises. One of the fantastic things about swimming is that it counts as both! In the water, it is literally sink or swim. To stay afloat, you need to be always moving. This constant movement is why swimming counts as cardio exercise. Additionally, the density of water means that all your movements will face resistance from the water. Working against this resistance counts as strength training.
Age, injury and certain physical conditions can make traditional exercises difficult or unsafe. With swimming, however, you get to set the pace and intensity. Your natural buoyancy reduces or eliminates impact and stress on your joints. Swimming is also appropriate for all ages. Babies often enjoy being held by their parents in shallow water. Children can learn to swim at a young age and most love to splash and play in the water. But it’s not just child’s play. Older adults at risk for injury with other conventional exercises are able to exercise successfully and safely in the water. Swimming has even been shown to maintain or even improve bone health in postmenopausal women.
Research has shown that swimming can improve mood for both women and men. It can decrease anxiety and improve family connections. Water-based exercises can even have a positive effect on the physical and mental health of pregnant women.
At Skytop Lodge, we keep our indoor pool at a comfortable 82 to 84 degrees, in line with the recommendations from the National Swimming Pool Foundation. If you’re looking for hotels with pools in the Poconos, come stay at Skytop Lodge where you can experience the benefits of swimming year-round. Contact us today to book your summer stay at Skytop Lodge.