Swimming pools have many benefits like health and fitness, enjoyment, entertainment and relaxation. Findings now show that swimming pools have an additional benefit: providing a calming sensation. For those suffering from ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyper Activity Disorder), Psychology Today has found that swimming pools provide a calming effect that can help improve the quality of life for adults and children who suffer from this disorder.
Approximately 11% of children are diagnosed each year with ADHD and about 4.4% of adults. ADHD sufferers often experience hyperactivity and impulsivity and may have trouble paying attention. Even if you don’t have ADHD, there are still times when you may feel stressed or have trouble relaxing, and pools can help!
How Swimming Offers a Calming Effect:
1. Brain Function:
Numerous studies have demonstrated the benefits of regular physical activity, and swimming tops the list. Exercise acts to activate the attention system, or the brain’s executive functions, including sequencing, working memory, prioritizing, inhibiting and sustaining attention.
While exercise and swimming can help those with ADHD, it can also help increase focus, attention and cognitive function in anyone–even those who don’t have ADHD.
3. Stress Reduction:
Physical activity such as swimming stimulates the brain to release neurochemicals that make the body feel good, reducing stress. When swimming, the added effect of water moving over the body creates a massaging sensation, promoting relaxation.
Whether you have ADHD, or you’re just looking for improved concentration and cognitive ability, a swimming pool can help. You can be on your way to owning your own backyard pool and enjoying the calming effects. Contact Leisure Pools today (www.leisurepools.com.au) and Get Swimming in Quality and Style.