You dive into the pool to cool down from the hot summer heat. You love the calming feeling of being submerged in water and you can watch your kids as they are playing around in the water. But do you ever just think about swimming for exercise and for the array of other health benefits associated with swimming? Don’t be a fish out of water when it comes to knowing just how wonderful swimming is for mind, body and soul…
Have you ever watched the Olympics and found yourself in awe of the professional swimmers’ physiques? Swimmers are in fantastic shape and those who swim regularly know that they not only looking great on the outside but feel just as great on the inside. The health benefits of swimming are almost unmatched by most other sports.
Why is Swimming So Good?
Swimming works your whole body, improving cardiovascular conditioning, muscle strength, endurance, posture, and flexibility all at the same time. Your cardiovascular system in particular benefits because swimming improves your body’s use of oxygen without overworking your heart.
As you become fitter and are able to swim longer, your resting heart rate and respiratory rate will be reduced, making blood flow to the heart and lungs more efficient. If you’re looking to lose weight, swimming is just the ticket. On average, a swimmer can burn as many calories in an hour as a runner who runs six miles in one hour. Simply, some call swimming the perfect form of exercise.
Additional Health Benefits of Swimming
Whole body conditioning: Swimming tones the upper and lower body because you’re using almost all of your major muscle groups. The best strokes for all-over body toning are the freestyle, breaststroke and backstroke.
Low risk of injury: There is a low risk for swimming injuries because there’s no stress on your bones, joints or connective tissues due to buoyancy and the fact that you weigh 1/10th less in water.
Improve blood pressure: Studies have shown that a workout routine that includes swimming can help reduce and possibly prevent high blood pressure, which lowers your risk for heart disease and stroke.
Stress reduction: You don’t have to be a water sign in the zodiac to feel the meditative and healing properties of water. Swimming is extremely relaxing because it allows more oxygen to flow to your muscles and forces you to regulate your breathing. It’s also a great way to relieve stress. Our bodies are made up of about 60% water so it’s no wonder why some people feel such a draw to the water.
Take the Plunge
Do you want to take up swimming but don’t know how to get your feet wet? First, if you have any existing injury or asthma, consult your doctor to determine if you should swim and at what pace. You’re now been informed of the excellent health benefits of swimming, so why not make swimming a part of your regular exercise routine? You don’t know where?
Go ahead with us– take the plunge into your new swimming-for-exercise workout routine. Freds Swim Academy Egypt is offering swimming activities on all different levels.