Swimming: The Ultimate Health Secret
If you are dragging yourself to the gym, or you find the idea of going for a run totally unappealing, it may be time to try a new type of workout. One activity you can do which is equal parts healthy and fun, is swimming.
Who is Swimming Good For?
Swimming is a great all-around exercise because it targets all the major muscle groups of the body while burning calories. It is especially beneficial to the following groups of people:
Those looking improve their figure
A one-hour laidback swim can burn at least 500 calories, while a vigorous swim can burn at least 700. Because water is 800% times denser than air, you burn more calories working against the resistance.
Water also improves your muscle tone because each stroke will tone different muscle groups, so using a combination of strokes will allow you to burn a large amount of calories and tone a variety of muscles.
Those with limited mobility
The water supports up to 90% of one’s body weight, which means swimming does not place a burden on the spine and limbs.
People who have disabilities and injuries, as well as women who are pregnant, can get a full body workout in a comfortable, mild, and safe environment. This is much safer compared to other forms of exercise that can be stressful on the body.
Those with chronic illness
People who are suffering from chronic illnesses, such as arthritis, can benefit greatly from a water-based therapy called hydrotherapy.
Because the buoyancy of the water provides a cushion-like support to the body while exercising, it will not put extra stress on aching joints. In fact, it will make these joints even more limber because of the wide range of motion that exercising in water provides.
Children with developmental disabilities
Because swimming is a gentle, rhythmic activity, it is a very effective form of exercise for children who have been diagnosed with autism. When under water, these children find the lack of noise and blurry vision a refreshing change from the overstimulating environment above water.
Fun throughout the golden years
Swimming is the perfect exercise for seniors because it eases the aging process, presents minimal risk of injury, and will not aggravate any existing health condition.
Creaky joints, twinges in the knee, and other joint pains that come with old age, can be lessened through swimming. It increases flexibility which can reduce stiffness and discomfort in joints, and can lessen back pain and muscle soreness while improving muscle tone.
For those who integrate swimming into their life, there are many health benefits to reap; both mental and physical.
Swimming is a great way to relieve stress and improve one’s mood.
Simply being in the water elicits a positive energy because exercising releases endorphins in the brain which causes an uplifted mood. Being surrounded by other people while swimming will also increase social interaction and improve one’s overall mental health.
Swimming is a great way to keep in shape. It improves your respiratory and cardiovascular systems and it builds up your endurance. As previously mentioned, there is practically no health condition that is further aggravated by swimming, and in fact almost none that are not improved!
Water quality is always an issue when it comes to swimming. There have been health concerns regarding the danger of too much chlorine in a pool, and also the possibility of becoming infected with waterborne illnesses.
These things can be prevented by swimming in a well-maintained pool. If you do use chlorine in your pool maintenance, make sure not to use more than what is necessary. You also have the option of using other pool cleanup alternatives to traditional chlorination, such as UV light and hydrogen peroxide.
Aside from being a great way to cool down on a hot day, swimming brings many benefits to your life.
It is especially beneficial for those who don’t like other forms of exercise, or those who are limited by special conditions. If this sounds like something you’d like to experience, grab your towel and head to the pool for your next exercise session.