Communities are encouraging everyone to stay at home amid coronavirus concerns. While families are staying in, their pool or hot tub can help maintain sanity and offer fitness benefits as well.
The CDC has advised that “There is no evidence that COVID-19 can be spread to humans through the use of pools and hot tubs.” If school, work, and the gym are closed, a pool or hot tub can help families stay fit and have fun as long as the water is properly cared for. Here are some ideas from the pHin team:
#1: Schedule Workouts
Don’t let the shutdown stop your workout routine – make your pool your home gym! Set a schedule for swimming; it’s a low-impact, full-body workout that improves muscle tone, cardiovascular health, and overall energy. You could also try water aerobics if laps aren’t your thing.
#2: Hot Tub Therapy
Whether you’re stressed or need some muscle relief from the tension of sitting at a home office all day, a hot tub can help. Astudy from Healthline showed that warm water can help reduce the hormones related to stress. When you’re soaking in a hot tub, leave your phone behind and focus on the warm water and massaging jets. Read more benefits of a hot tub here.
#3: Fun and Games
If you’re staying home with your family, keep them entertained with pool games. Country Living recommends inflatable Tic-Tac-Toe, Number Basketball, and pool noodle races. If you have a hot tub, try water cards, or water battleship. In water battleship, you’ll need two cups: Take turns pouring water into the empty cup. Take five-second intervals in between each player – the person who sinks the cup loses.
Stressed about keeping your water healthy? pHin is here to help. Don’t worry about balancing the right chemicals to keep your family safe. pHin floats in the water constantly and will tell you at a moment’s notice when you need to adjust your water balance. It works with most chemicals for pools and hot tubs, and will give you easy, exact instructions to make your water safe for games and exercise. Learn the three steps to using pHin.
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