Every year, millions of people make new year’s fitness resolution and about 80% of all those resolutions end up failing.
Because despite the New Year’s is a symbolic and ceremonial start of a new era, people aren’t emotionally committed to their goals at all.
It’s important to put your goals out in the open and make it as convenient as possible to work towards them every single day.
If you’ve got a swimming pool in your backyard, for instance, the first step is showing up at your pool ready for a swim every day.
The home swimming pool is convenient, accessible, and can be surprisingly versatile in helping you reach your goals.
This article will show you how a swimming pool can help you reach your new year’s resolutions with ease.
This Year, I Want to Learn Something New
This year, millions of people would have made a goal of trying something new, while ignoring their backyard swimming pool that they never even look at for months on end. Break the cycle.
Learning something new is the single most common resolution made in every country in dozens of different languages across the globe.
Swimming isn’t just a sport, it’s a lifestyle, hobby, and an incredibly relaxing past-time that people of all ages can learn, which doubles as a survival skill.
Wake up early and take a quick dive in the pool to learn all the different kinds of strokes and swimming techniques that exist.
You can learn the butterfly stroke, the backstroke, and the breaststroke, and spend years mastering them. These are all easy to understand, yet take forever to master. Perfect for learning something new.
This Year, I Want to Lose Weight and Get Fit
Learning to swim is like holding a blowtorch to the stubborn fat around your hips.
The average person weighing 160 pounds (72.57 kg) burns just short of 715 calories every hour, spent swimming. The more you weigh, the more you burn. Many people find physical exercise frustrating and boring, and when you get really overweight, it’s hard to get the motivation to move your body.
Swimming actually makes exercise thrilling and fun. The water is buoyant, which lets you float with ease no matter how heavy you are. You have to push and pull your body through the water to move around while swimming. This gives you a full-body exercise that burns a ton of calories, improves your metabolism, even freshens up your skin, and gives it a nice, healthy glow.
Swimming is a resistance exercise that improves your flexibility at the same time.
Make it a habit to jump in the swimming pool every morning regardless of how you feel, and you’ll eventually learn to love swimming. Loving exercise is the single most important facet in getting fit. Swimming is fun and stimulating unlike regular land-based exercises because of all the water.
This Year, I Want to Save Money
Money is on everyone’s mind. And fulfilling your new year’s resolutions often needs a serious investment of some sort.
Luckily, with swimming, you don’t have to spend money on monthly gym memberships that you never end up using at all.
The gym has dozens of different exercise machines and facilities, but they’re all complex to maneuver, and difficult and unintuitive to learn.
Not so with swimming. Swimming comes with all the benefits of exercise yet doesn’t need any complicated exercise planning. You don’t need to wake up early, only to struggle against traffic and wait in line for the exercise machine of your choice.
Your backyard swimming pool is open and accessible to you 24/7. There are no waiting lines, and there’s nothing as simple and intuitive as swimming in the water. Whatever you do, you’ll have more fun in the water splashing around and you can just play an audiobook while you swim laps around your pool. You don’t need to drive home since you’re already home. A backyard swimming pool is the ultimate in convenience and exercise.
This Year, I Want to Be Less Stressed
Stress is all in the mind. Some people are better at tolerating stress than others, but is there something you can do to train your stress tolerance to make yourself stronger?
Well, swimming has been scientifically documented to boost blood flow to the brain. Swimming increases the supply of oxygen and other nutrients to the brain which helps improve the gray matter.
The Griffith Institute for Educational Research conducted a study to find that people who swam developed much faster mentally than those who didn’t.
Another study conducted on 4000 swimmers across the world found that water-based activities such as swimming helped in the release of tension during and after their swims. 70% of people in the same study reported that being in the water at all, even without exercising, made them feel mentally more at ease and made them less unhappy.
Swimming is known to trigger the release of endorphins, and is medically proven to improve depression and anxiety markers in most children and adults.
This makes swimming an ideal activity for those looking to improve their stress tolerance this new year.
This Year, I Want to Spend More Time with Family
A swimming pool can be a social hotbed of family fun and partying.
You can invite your friends and loved ones for an afternoon swim, and have a fantastic time. The kids can have a great time playing swimming pool games, and adults can have a great time sitting at a barbecue around the pool.
Grandmas and grandpas love swimming. Old age often comes with various pains and immersing yourself in water is a great way to manage the pain that comes with serious health complications. Also, kids love splashing around and everyone just loves staying cool when the sun is out and blazing.
If you’ve wanted to spend more quality time with the family, a family swimming pool might be the perfect excuse to get all your loved ones into the same yard.