Swimming is probably the last thing you think of for exercise. You loved the pool as a child and then got out of the habit as you aged, maybe because of hair, or maybe because you need to brush up on your stroke game. But it’s time to get wet again. Whether you are recovering from an injury, suffering from arthritis, or perfectly healthy and looking to stay that way, the pool can be perfect for building or maintaining a healthy body. Here’s why you need to get off dry land for your next workout.
The Ultimate In Low Impact Exercise
Swimming is low impact, but still effective, exercise. In the pool your body is supporting 50-75% of its body weight, which mean much less pressure on your joints and muscles. That doesn’t make swimming “easy” by any means. Instead, while you perform resistance moves in the pool, or swim laps, or other cardio in the pool, you get all the strength and cardio benefits, without the muscle and joint pain. If you have an injury or a chronic condition with movement like arthritis, swimming can provide relief and still work you out.
Boost Your Heart Without the Track
It doesn’t take much time or any skillful strokes to get a heart-pumping workout in the pool.