The Health Benefits of Swimming

We enjoy creating communities with amenities to support a well-rounded, vibrant lifestyle. Many of our properties, including Optima Kierland, Optima Sonoran Village, Optima Signature, and the in-development Optima Lakeview include swimming pools as part of our impressive amenity stack. Spending time swimming is the perfect leisurely activity as well as a great fitness option with a wide-ranging array of health benefits. Here are just a few:

Full Body Workout

Water is 800 times more dense than air, and spending 30 minutes in a pool is actually worth the equivalent of 45 minutes doing a similar workout on land. Because of this, swimming is an intensive form of fitness that works your entire body. The activity, which engages arms, legs and core all at once, has a head-to-toe impact that leads to muscle toning, endurance building and strength building. 

Lifetime Health Boost

In addition to the external impact, swimming does great things for your internal and overall health. It improves the cardiovascular system, leading to a stronger heart, lungs and circulatory system. This also helps guard against heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes, as well as helping to control blood pressure and blood sugar.

Great For Injuries

Because swimming is such a low-impact sport, it’s the perfect fitness option for those experiencing arthritis, injuries or disabilities. While water provides enough resistance against muscles for an effective workout, your buoyancy provides support you won’t find on land. Experts even say that swimming can help reduce pain and improve recovery from injuries.

Rooftop sky deck pool at the 7140 tower at Optima Kierland Apartments
Rooftop sky deck pool at the 7140 tower at Optima Kierland Apartments

Positive Mental Impact

Research shows that those who swim regularly experience better sleep at night. In addition to being a restful activity, swimming also serves to boost your mood. By exercising, your body is releasing endorphins and increasing your metabolic rate, which leads to both improved mood levels and improved energy levels. 

Whether you’re looking for a regular fitness regimen, recovering for an injury or even looking for a pregnancy-safe workout routine, swimming is a great and healthy option for everyone.

Optima Lakeview in the News

Since announcing our plans for Optima Lakeview in 2020, the new development has been surrounded by media buzz. We’re excited to be a part of the Lakeview community and are thrilled to see those in our community are equally as excited, too. Here’s what they’ve had to say so far:

Announcing Optima Lakeview

When the development was first announced, publications such as REJournals, RE Business Online, Connect Media, Multi-Housing News and hyperlocal publication Block Club Chicago all chimed in to share in the good news. REJournals discussed Optima Lakeview’s competitive marketplace edge, saying: 

“Optima paid special attention to work-from-home needs, designing floor plans with an average of 1,053 square feet, significantly larger than what’s currently available in the market, to accommodate dedicated space for a home office. In addition, Optima Lakeview features two conference spaces and a business center, as well as several indoor and outdoor seating areas and multiple technology providers from which residents can choose.”

Construction Begins

When construction began in mid-October, BisNow was on the scene, reporting the groundbreaking news. They interviewed Optima Co-Founder and CEO David Hovey Sr., to get the scoop on how the building will contribute to the existing community. Hovey shared with BisNow:

“With Optima Lakeview, we’ve incorporated design cues from the surrounding area’s architecture while still staying true to the modern design aesthetic Optima is known for, resulting in a forward-looking building grounded in Chicago sensibility. Both inside and out, Optima Lakeview is very much about drawing people in and helping them stay connected — either with the surrounding community or within the building itself.”

Doubling Down on Retail

Despite the challenges of 2020 and COVID-19, we remained firm in our approach to retail space at Optima Lakeview. BisNow touched base with our team to discuss the plan for Optima Lakeview’s 14K SF of retail space and Optima Vice President Mark Segal shared our optimism that brick-and-mortar retail remains stronger than ever. Read the full feature here.

Stay tuned for more updates and media coverage as we continue progress on Optima Lakeview!

Business Suite Spotlight

One of our cornerstone beliefs at Optima is that our buildings can help improve the lives of those who reside within them by offering everyday comforts and conveniences and we’re constantly searching for ways to innovate and improve.

It’s no secret that coworking spaces and the ability to work remotely, or from home, has become increasingly popular in the professional sector. In 2018, a staggering 1,000 new coworking spaces were introduced in the United States alone — and experts don’t see the trend slowing down anytime soon. Some estimates claim that freelancers will even outnumber full-time employees in the workforce by 2027. 

An Optima business suite at Optima Signature
An Optima business suite at Optima Signature

We were happy to respond to the growing need by integrating our own rentable, commercial business suites into our multi-family communities, starting in 2010 with Optima Camelview Village. Since Optima Camelview Village, we have designed business suites at Optima Sonoran Village, Optima Chicago Center and Optima Signature with a live-work-play environment in mind. At each site, we have seen measurable success as the remote working trend continues to be on the rise and residents take advantage of the opportunity to utilize a workspace right in their own home.

Optima Signature in the Streeterville neighborhood of Chicago, IL
Optima Signature in the Streeterville neighborhood of Chicago, IL

Having business suites within our communities makes work feel like a more comfortable, more convenient experience. And that’s exactly what we want to bring to our residents and tenants. 


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