Have you considered supplementing swimming into your exercise routine this summer? There are amazing reasons why swimming is great for your overall health.
Here are five reasons why you should be swimming this summer!
Swimming is a total body aerobic workout
When you swim, you are using your entire body to propel through the water. It isn’t solely your arms and legs that are performing the workout, your core muscles, including your abdominals, back and hips, are constantly working to propel you in the water. The core muscle movement is an essential component to swimming, as it allows you to become efficient in your strokes.
Swimming has minimal impact on your joints
Swimming is a low-impact sport that is often a recommended activity if you have recently injured yourself or starting to return to physical activity after surgery. Swimming puts minimal stress on your knees, hips, feet and other weight bearing joints, allowing you to build muscle strength and endurance. Swimming is a great cardiovascular workout without the wear and tear on your joints. Swimming makes your heart and lungs strong and can possibly lower blood pressure and help control blood sugar.
A safe exercise for people with injuries, arthritis and other conditions
Swimming is a safe exercise for people with conditions that make high-impact exercise difficult. For those with arthritis, injury, disability, asthma and other conditions, swimming helps to reduce your pain and assist with recovery from injury. Breathing exercises associated with the sport help expand lung capacity and gain control over breathing.
You can control the intensity of your workout
As mentioned, swimming is a low-impact sport where you can control how intense you wish the workout to be. To control your swimming workout, you can increase or decrease the pace of your stroke, vary the strokes you are swimming and perform special sets to diversify the workout. Completing an assortment of strokes and special sets is a great way to remain fit this summer.
Improves your sleep and boosts your mood
Swimming has the power to help you achieve a better sleep as research suggests regular aerobic exercise boosts the quality in life and sleep. All types of aerobic exercise, such as the elliptical, bicycle, pool and exercise videos are great in achieving a better quality of life and sleep. Further research suggests aquatic workouts are psychologically beneficial to those suffering from dementia, as there was a significant improvement in mood after a group participated in an aquatic workout program.
Swimming has many benefits for your physical and psychological health, and is a great activity for all stages of life. If you feel that swimming is a path you wish to take during your rehabilitation journey or your exercise routine, book in an assessment today.
We can assure you of the right intensity and programs to complete this summer.