There’s a reason why coastal or lakeside towns and cities typically have a higher cost of living than inland areas. People will pay more to live near a body of water because lakes, rivers, oceans, and urban water features have a calming effect. In recent years, research has backed up this idea that ‘blue space’ can have a positive impact on our wellbeing. In fact, a study in 2012 called the Blue Gym Project revealed that green spaces with water have an even greater impact on stress reduction and mental health than those without.
The health benefits of living near water are both physical and mental. In fact, it’s believed that people who live near water are actually healthier than those who don’t. Even just a view of nature, especially of water, may speed up the recovery of hospital patients, but the scientific reason why is still unknown. Dr. Wallace J. Nichols PhD uses the term “Blue Mind” to describe this state of water-associated peace.
How a swimming pool can make you happier and healthier
A swimming pool can make you happier and healthier as well, allowing everyone, regardless of your geographic location, to experience the health benefits of living near water. You can easily create a beautiful waterfront view with an in-ground pool designed by a skilled pool builder. Rock features, like a rock waterfall, can seamlessly blend your pool into the surrounding natural environment or create a beautiful oasis in the middle of an urban space. Fountains or a vanishing edge are great ways to integrate the soothing sounds of running water into your custom pool.
Pools not only provide the soothing effects of a waterfront view, but also make it easier for you to get aerobic exercise on a daily basis—perhaps the best way to reduce your stress levels and lift your mood. Swimming releases endorphins, natural compounds that make you feel good, and it has the added benefits of improving your sleep, your memory, and your satisfaction in life.
Even if you live miles away from the ocean or any other natural body of water, you can bring a ‘blue space’ into your very own backyard with a pool. Whether you want a formal garden pool or a recreational pool for the kids, looking out over a body of sparkling blue water from the comfort of your home will relax your shoulders and have you breathing deep in no time.
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