Making The Decision On Whether To Construct A Lap Pool Or A Spa

by Pool Builders on 12-31-2010 in Articles

The cardiovascular activities of swimming cannot be denied and swimming also brings with it exercise without bone jarring impact. Swimming helps burn calories and tone muscles and that makes it a great activity to help you lose weight and maintain a healthy lifestyle.

If you aren't in possession of your own backyard swimming pool it can be difficult to find the time to make your way to the local swimming pool to get your exercise in - the same issue that greets individuals who have to rely on a gym membership to keep in shape. Additionally, once you find the time to make your way to the local swimming hole, you have to deal with crowds of people who may not make it easy to swim laps. Once you add the commute time to the mix, you can understand why people opt to install a lap pool or spa in their own back yard.

When making a decision to install your own pool you need to decide whether you want a regulation size pool, a spa set up or a lap pool as all three fill the need in various areas.

The main difference between installing a lap pool is the shape, size and amount of swimmers it can easily accommodate. A regulation size pool, is usually what's constructed for individuals who have families or will be inviting the neighborhood to swim with them.

A lap pool is a long, narrow rectangle emulating a single lane of a pool. Depending on the size of the backyard, some homeowners will opt to install a full 25-yard lap pool. The depth of a lap pool is generally only three and a half to four feet and are usually constructed for the serious swimmer - not for those who are thinking of using their pool for family frolicking.

The cost to install a lap pool can range from $20,000 to $30,000 or more, depending on what features you might want to add.

If you choose the swim spa alternative as a way to avoid digging up your backyard and if you're just looking for a place to relax and unwind, you won't be able to reap the exercise benefits of a lap or a regulation size pool. The swim spa is deeper and allows the swimmer to get a workout much like running on a treadmill as you'd be running in place with the current of the water working against you.

The swim spa is not a less expensive alternative but it is valued for those who don't have a yard large enough to accommodate a swimming pool. The spa set up itself can cost around $20,000 and that doesn't usually include the cost of installation or the deck construction.

Regardless of which set up you choose, both are viable options for individuals who are looking to have a pool for exercise and who are looking to avoid the crowds and inconvenience of commuting to a local swimming area.

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