Is there any better place to spend a hot summer day than at a swimming pool? Whether you like to read on a lounge chair, swim laps for exercise, or splash around with your kids in the water, there is always something to do at the pool. This summer, break out of your mold, and try something new. Here are some options to get you started:
Learn to swim
If you are an adult who never learned to swim as a kid, there’s good news. It’s never too late to learn how to swim! See if your pool has lessons for adults or ask a lifeguard if they offer private lessons. Afraid of the water? Read these tips for conquering your fears of swimming.
Go for an early morning swim
Some pools open early, to cater to the before-work crowd. If you are an early riser, this could be the ideal time to get your workout in. Learn about the many benefits of an early morning swim.
Get a swimsuit that will last
If you spend a lot of time at the pool, you have probably noticed your swimsuit fading or losing its elasticity by the middle of summer. One great remedy is chlorine resistant swimwear. Chlorine resistant swimsuits are made of hi-tech Lycra that holds up to the effects of chlorine, resisting the usual stretching, pulling, and fading that happens to most swimsuits.
Sign up for water classes
Water aerobics and water yoga are two popular forms of exercise for pool-lovers. See if your pool offers classes, and if not, talk to the manager about starting a class. You can get an invigorating workout at the same time as you beat the heat.
Do a swim-a-thon
Swim-a-thons are a fun and healthy way to raise money for causes you care about. See if your pool is holding a swim-a-thon this summer, and dive on in. You can ask sponsors to pay you by the lap or donate a fixed sum. What better way to give back?
Find your inner child
Most days, it’s fun to sit along the pool’s edge and relax while your kids play. But every now and then, why not find your inner child? Join them for a game of Marco Polo, sharks and minnows, or simply tossing a pool ball. They’ll love it, and you just might too!
Try the diving board
There’s probably a long line of children at the diving board, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get in line too. It’s fun to get a good bounce and feel the splash of the water. It’s the best way to cool off!
Read a new type of book
If you’re like many people, you tend to stick with the same genre of book. This summer try a new poolside read. Maybe a thriller? A mystery? Even young adult fiction can be a fun break from your normal routine.
Hold an outdoor dinner with friends
Tired of the pool snack bar? It’s time to take matters into your own hands. Invite some friends, bring covered dishes, and before you know it, you’ll have a gourmet meal by the pool.
Go in the evening
If your pool is open late, you might want to make use of their evening hours. You can sit by the pool as the sun goes down and watch the pool lights come on. There’s something special about being at a pool in the evening—less sun, fewer crowds, and a terrific sense of relaxation.
The long, lazy days of summer are so fleeting, so be sure to enjoy every minute, take advantage of your time at the pool, and most importantly, do the things you love!