Swimming For Fitness
Aquatic fitness offers unique benefits over land based exercise.
Swimming is a great low impact activity that is ideal for people of all ages and fitness levels. Health benefits from aquatic exercise include weight loss, lower stress, improved flexibility and muscle tone, balance, endurance and overall cardiovascular conditioning. With so many positive aspects, it’s no wonder physicians, physical therapists, and fitness coaches alike recommend swimming as one of the best ways to stay in shape.
Easy on the Body
Swimming and aquatic workouts are great for just about anyone, especially for those who have physical limitations, deal with chronic pain or are recovering from an injury. The buoyancy of the water reduces your weight and provides a low impact form of exercise that reduces stress on muscles, bones and joints.
Strength & Flexibility
Water offers 12-14% more resistance than air, moving through water means you are always encountering resistance; helping you build strength. Swimming strokes, such as the breaststroke and freestyle, combine cardio and strength, working all major muscle groups with every stroke. Swimming strokes also lengthen the muscles and increase flexibility.
Boosts Mental Health
In addition to many physical benefits, water-based exercise also offers mental benefits. The CDC recommends water-based exercise for reducing anxiety, depression and increasing mood. During swimming, the body releases endorphins, promoting a sense of well-being.
Cool & Comfortable
Since the water is colder than your core body temperature, it cools you down as you exercise, meaning you never get too hot or sweaty.
Swimming laps isn’t the only way to get a great aquatic workout. Take advantage of the heath benefits of swimming by trying water aerobics, underwater walking/running, aqua biking or even yoga.
- Health Benefits of Water-based Exercise (via Amercian Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
- Tailoring Water Exercise to Meet Your Needs (via poolspaoutdoor.com)
- Swimming Information (Via Bucknell University)
- A Fat-Blasting Water Workout (via Prevention.com)
- Protecting your joints, one low-impact swim at a time (via Columbia Spectator)