Plenty of gain from water workouts
“Each week, I would get stronger and stronger,” says Lane. “Swimming really began to strengthen, condition, and tone my body without those harsh, jarring effects of some of those other exercise programs.”
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Angela Lane has great memories of swimming during her childhood, spending endless summer days at the pool to find refuge from the Arkansas heat. She became a lifeguard as a teen, and she swam for fitness during high school and college.
Swimming is one of those exercises that’s hard to hate, since it’s gentle and yet fun at the same time. Most people enjoy a dip in the pool, so why not turn that dip into some laps as a form of exercise? There are many fitness benefits that one can get from swimming. If you’re not convinced, keep reading.
Swimming Is Great Cardio
Swimming requires a lot of energy and burns a lot of calories thanks to the fact that, when you swim, you need to move your whole body instead of just your legs or your arms. Swimming works your body and heart the same way any cardio workout, such as dancing or running, would. So if you take up swimming for your fitness, you will work your heart and boost your metabolism at the same time. To get the most out of swimming, it’s best to carry out interval training where you do high intensity sprint swimming alternated with easier workouts. This way you’ll push your body hard but will be able to do so for a longer period.
Swimming Is Great For Strength Training
Not only is swimming good for a cardio workout, swimming challenges the muscles all over your body and is great for increasing overall body strength. The water resistance you face while swimming forces your muscles to work harder – just like traditional forms of strength training. You’ll be able to gain some muscle and tone up your body at the same time. Swimming is also widely used as therapy to strengthen injured muscles in athletes, since the water resistance provides a good workout without giving stress to the injured body parts.
Swimming Is Great For Everybody!
The great thing about swimming is that everybody can do it and enjoy it. It’s suitable for every age group and fitness level; you can decide how hard to push yourself when you swim. Elderly people can benefit from swimming too, since the water gives good support to their body and they can stay fit without worrying about injuring their back or joints. It’s also a great activity for you to do with your family: you can have fun together and stay healthy at the same time. If you bring little kids along to the pool, though, be sure to always keep an eye on them to prevent any accidents
Did you know that swimming exercise actually helps improve your mood? Study after study conducted by industry recognized firms and organizations shows that fitness minded individuals who regularly work out, jog or simply just walk have reduced stress, anxiety and depression levels.
Physical activity has even been shown to improve brain function in older adults. One study showed that senior citizens on a treadmill program found they were able to solve nagging problems and recall events they had previously failed to remember. This is due to increased oxygen levels in the brain which are delivered when you exercise.
The benefits of swimming exercise are many, and include improved digestion and sleep quality, as well as those mentioned above. Get moving today and implement a regular schedule of exercise in your life, and immediately reap the marvelous total body fitness benefits of this wonderful and free health enhancer.