Swimming is a wonderful aerobic exercise that is often used in recovery and physical therapy plans due to its low impact on joints and bones while strengthening the muscles of the body to support us. A few general benefits of swimming as exercise are:
- Arthritis Relief
- Improved Mental Health
- Decreased Risk of Disease and Injury in Older Adults
- Improved or maintained Bone Health of Post-Menopausal Women
- Full-Body Workout at Once
- Increased Heart and Lung Health
- Builds Endurance, Strength, and Flexibility
- Practice of a Life-Saving Skill
There are plenty of other benefits to swimming for exercise but, in the summer, one of the biggest pros is having an exercise in the summer that won’t overheat you; in fact, you can use it to cool off as you exercise!
Louisville has plenty of places to get your laps in this summer, so make use of the pool and take a dip sometime!
1. The J
Address: 3600 Dutchmans Ln, Louisville, KY 40205
The Trager Family Jewish Community Center has an indoor and an outdoor pool open for members to use for heated lap swimming as well as several water-based exercise classes if you prefer a structured workout. Their hours are Monday-Thursday from 5:30am-9pm, Fridays from 5:30am-7pm, and Saturday-Sundays from 8am-6pm.
2. Lakeside Swim Club
Address: 2010 Trevilian Way, Louisville, KY 40205
With lap lanes in their 50 meter pool, 25 meter pool, and 20 meter pool, the Lakeside Swim Club has no shortage of space. While you might have to yield some lanes to the competitive swim clubs that hold meets there some days, you’ll have plenty of amenities in the meantime. For a full list of how many lanes will be available during which hours, please visit their Pool and Lap Schedule page.
3. Plainview Swim Club
Address: 10235 Timberwood Cir, Louisville, KY 40223
Located on 8 acres in the Plainview subdivision in Jeffersontown, this swimming hotspot includes:
- A 15-meter junior Olympic size pool
- An adults-only pool
- A children’s playground
- A children’s pool
- A dive pool
- A gazebo
- A historically registered estate and carriage house
Their normal hours are 10am-9pm Tuesday-Sunday and 12pm-9pm on Mondays; however, these hours are subject to change with weather, so be sure to contact the facility about their lap swim before you go!
4. Mary T. Meagher Aquatic Center
Address: 201 Reservoir Ave, Louisville, KY 40206
Part of the City of Louisville’s Park System, this indoor pool facility has affordable lap swim prices that will also give you access to their weight room and equipment. With 2 full-sized pools, you’re sure to find a lane without a problem! The Mary T. Meagher Aquatic center also offers water-based classes, but their lap swim hours are from 5am-8pm Monday-Friday and 10am-3pm on Saturdays and Sundays.
5. Floyd County YMCA
Address: 33 State St, New Albany, IN 47150
Located directly off of the Sherman Minton Bridge on the Indiana side, this YMCA is open from 5am-9am all 7 days of the week. In addition to a place to swim, you also have the option to join their local competitive swim team, their 100 Mile Swim Club, or participate in the various swim challenges they hold throughout the year.
If you or someone you love has suffered a sports injury in the Louisville, Kentucky-area, board certified sports medicine physician Dr. Stacie Grossfeld at Orthopaedic Specialists PLLC can help. Orthopaedic Specialists PLLC is accepting new patients, and same day appointments are available. For additional information or to schedule an appointment, please contact Orthopaedic Specialists PLLC today at 502-212-2663.