Pool lovers, there’s no reason to dread the upcoming winter months. What if we tell you it can be fun too?
Every time you think of taking a dip in a pool, the first image to come to your mind is a hot summer afternoon. But you do not need to restrict yourself to that. A swimming pool is a significant investment, and you need to make sure that you can enjoy it all year round.
Today, we talk about some of the best ways to enjoy your pool, even when the water is chilly. And the more you get into the article; you will see that there are pretty compelling reasons to do it. But lastly, we have to say that these are just a few ways, and you always have the scope to get more creative. Just make sure that you’re safe.
Without any further delay, let’s dive right in!
How To Love Your Pool During Winter
1. Hosting A Pool Party
Just because the temperatures have gone a few notches down, it does not mean that your pool area has to become a no-entry zone. In a few places around the globe, autumn and winter are pretty pleasing, and it is when you can have a good time outdoors without having to sweat.
So, this is actually a fantastic time to host parties around the pool and gather with your family and friends. And in some time you might even find some of your friends in the water, taking a nice dip.
To amp up the party, you can also beautify the area around the pool and decorate it with lights and other seasonal decorations. Some thoughtful additions will only add to the mood and be a good conversation starter among friends. Lighting adds a nice touch to the festive atmosphere, be it Easter or Christmas.
The pool adds to the serenity of the atmosphere, and with little effort, you and your friends can spend a fun-filled evening together!
2. Installing A Pool Heater
Who does not like a relaxing swim in the pool after a long day in the office? But it’s winter, and the water is cold. What if we tell you there’s a way out? To prevent taking icy plunges in the pool during the colder months of the year, all you need to do is install a pool heater.
Many people shy away from getting their hands on one because of the common misconception that heaters are exorbitantly costly. But, that’s not the case. With a bit of research, you can buy a heater for as cheap as $100.
If you want to cut down on your electricity bills, the best way is to opt for solar heating or keep the heater switched on for an hour or two before getting into the pool. Water has a good heat retention capacity, and you can then easily enjoy an hour’s swim in your warm pool water.
Make sure you check the outside temperature and select the heating time accordingly. On average, we have noticed that 2 hours of heating is sufficient for enjoying an hour-long swim. And the best part about having the heater installed is to enjoy the breathtaking air and view while you relax.
3. Take The Dip, But Make It Short
Trust us when we tell you that cold water has multiple health benefits. So, if you have a pool, why not make use of it? Entering a cold pool seems like a challenge, and more often than not, your mind would be reluctant to do it. But, once you take the fall (pun intended), it will be worth it!
In case you are still wondering what these benefits might be, let us draw a clear picture for you.
A lot of people experience muscle stress after hitting the gym or other heavy physical activities. And one of the best answers to this problem is taking a dip in a cold water pool. This is very helpful in reducing muscle tension and inflammation. When you submerge yourself in the water, the blood veins and vessels in the body shrink a little and decrease any muscle inflammation.
No wonder athletes take ice baths right after an intense workout!
Additionally, it helps considerably when it comes to losing weight. When your body gets exposed to cold water, it has to work harder to keep up the body heat. Getting in a cold pool forces your body to work even harder. And you know what happens then? A regular cold plunge makes your body lose a high number of calories, thereby boosting your metabolism.
It does take some getting used to, but the results are pretty promising.
On top of that, it significantly improves your cardiovascular circulation. This is very crucial to maintain, as poor circulation can lead to hypertension, headaches, and fatigue. A cold dip enables your blood to circulate better. Your heart starts to pump blood more efficiently, filling the body with nutrients and oxygen.
4. Polar Plunge
We all have that one friend who decides to take a plunge in the pool during your parties even when it’s freezing outside, right? To make it even better and your party more enjoyable, introduce the polar plunge challenge. Challenge your friends to take a dip and create memories together that will be cherished for years to come.
As we have mentioned before, taking a dip in cold water has significant health benefits such as stimulating blood circulation, enhancing energy levels, and so on.
But ask your friends about their health conditions before they sign up for this challenge. You do not want any of them falling sick because of hypothermia. And if the pool is indoors, you can even arrange for hot cocoa for your friends to sip on after they get out of the pool. This way, your guests can enjoy the best of both worlds.
5. Wearing The Right Attire
Like any other occasion, it is essential to be dressed right when you decide to swim in your pool during winter. The trick is to try and retain as much body heat as possible to have a comfortable swim.
But how to do that? Definitely, your regular summer swimwear would not work. You have to ensure that you minimise the body parts that are exposed to the air to reduce the chances of getting hypothermia.
We have seen that it is a great idea to wear two swimming caps instead of one as that will protect your head and ears better. Heat tends to escape mostly from the head, and therefore it is better that you try to retain it as best as possible.
You may feel it’s not fashionable enough, but trust us when we say that it’s always best to be careful. And you can even get your hands on some wet suits to be warm during a swim.
Loving Your Pool In Winter
Enjoying your pool in the cold winter months can help you enjoy memorable experiences. And you can also do it regularly after consulting your doctor as it has many underlying benefits.
It can vastly improve your health conditions. However, we strongly suggest that you do it only after consulting a medical professional. You do not want to freeze in the pool. The point is to have fun, and there are so many ways to do it. Get as creative as possible.
And with that, it’s a wrap. We hope you had a great time reading about how to enjoy your pool during winter. And until next time, see you later!