Did you know that swimming helps reduce stress?
Swimming is the movement of the body through water using arms and legs. People swim for exercise, and for fun. Swimming is an activity that burns lots of calories, is easy on the joints, supports your weight, builds muscular strength, muscle tone and endurance. It also improves cardiovascular fitness, cools you off and refreshes you in summer, and is one that you can do safely into old age.
Swimming works all the muscles simultaneously. It is impact free. It also builds up stamina. Swimming as an exercise is popular as an all-around body developer and is particularly useful in therapy and as exercise for physically handicapped persons.
- There’s no ground impact when you swim, and so you protect the joints from stress and strain.
- When athletes are injured, they are frequently told to swim to maintain their fitness level. That’s because the resistance of the water makes the muscles work hard without the strain. It feels relaxing, the movements are smooth and rhythmic, and it’s a great workout.
- Because there’s no impact with swimming, it can be continued for a lifetime.
- Swimming improves endurance.
- Swimming burns lots of calories, anywhere from 500-650 per hour depending on how efficiently you swim.
Before you dive in:
- Make sure you know how to swim.
- Choose a safe environment.
- Warm-up and stretch your muscles and joints before entering the water.
- Have plenty of fluids on hand and drink regularly.
- Don’t overdo it if you’re just starting out.
- See your doctor if you haven’t exercised for a long time.
- Keeps your heart rate up but takes some of the impact stress off your body.
- Builds endurance, muscle strength and cardiovascular fitness
- Helps maintain a healthy weight, healthy heart and lungs
- Improves coordination, balance and posture
- Improves flexibility
- Provides good low-impact therapy for some injuries and conditions