Spring has officially sprung and its definitely time for us to get up and active! As the warmer months close in and the local pools begin to open, we’re going to give you the low down on why swimming is the perfect option for anyone, of any age these warmer months.
Oh yeah! Water is denser than air, and as a result our body has to use extra muscle power to move through it. This counts for our seasoned pros, all the way through to our aqua aerobics and those that just like to wade around. As we know, resistance training improves the quality of our muscles. Swimming means that no matter your medical issue or injury, it’s the perfect opportunity to get back into building or simply maintaining your body.
Cardio, not hardio
Cardio training (or exercises that use cardiorespiratory endurance) are all about getting your blood pumping, making your heart stronger and using the air we breathe as energy for our muscles. The fantastic thing about swimming is that no matter your fitness level, your speed is determined by how fast you can go at the time – sprinting is very rarely part of it, and the terrain stays the same. As your technique improves, and cardiorespiratory endurance increases, you’ll be able to go faster for longer periods of time.
This refers to how tightly packed your bones are with minerals, it’s a case of the more, the better. This is often an issue as women age, and become susceptible to conditions like osteoporosis. The more active our bodies are, the better we can prevent degeneration of our bones and subsequent health issues. Having a high bone density is essential for anyone of any age, and can be fantastic to maintain overall health during on and off seasons.
Your joints will love you for it
Not only is swimming a low impact option that still builds strength, it also improves flexibility and encourages your body to move in ways it may not have the opportunity to on land. The thick fibrous materials keeping your bones together (known as ligaments) are tough, and even tougher to heal if you manage to do some damage. The better the condition of your joints, the less likely it is you’ll be injured, and if you are, the quicker you will heal.
The basic idea? Swimming is the perfect option for anyone of any age. It can act as an extra training session, an option for pre or post season fitness or even an enjoyable way to spend an hour on a sunny afternoon. Regardless of the reasons you choose swimming, your body will thank you for it.
The team at Progressive Sports & Spinal Physiotherapy are experienced in a range of areas including rehabilitation after exercise and injury management. Contact the practice today on (02) 4721 7798, email email@example.com or book your next appointment online here.