I make it a point to try and be fit, after all fitness is part of our business, I'll come in early one or two days a week (really more like one day every other week) and spend 40 minutes or so on an exercise bike while reading the most current issues of Aquatics International or Parks & Recreation. But it wasn't until a conversation with my chiropractor earlier this week that it hit me; I almost NEVER swim in the very pool I run. Long story short; he said "Nick I'm seeing some more stiffness and soreness than I used to and I think it would benefit you to engage in more low-impact exercise" then he paused, grinned, and said "like swimming". So today I took him at his word, came in early, and swam a quick set, nothing too profound just enough to loosen up and raise my heart rate a bit.

This begs the question; how many of us actually take advantage of our pools? This morning I noticed three small things about the pool itself that I wanted to address with my Pool Managers; spoke to four patrons about the facility in general; AND got some exercise. I for one intend to take advantage of my pool a lot more often from now on!

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Comment by Gary Thill on February 11, 2010 at 10:06am
What a great blog post! Swimming in your own pool might seem like a no brainer, but you really point out that the benefits go beyond exercise. I love that the swim also made you more aware of your pool and things that needed to be addressed from a customer-service and operations stand point. That's killing two very big birds with one stone. I wonder if there are a lot of other managers out there who also don't swim in their own pools?

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