SWIMMING INTO SUMMER

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.

 

Suzanne graduated from Western Sydney University with a Bachelor of Health Science (Sports and Exercise Science) in 2015. She then went on to continue her studies at Macquarie University graduating from the Doctor of Physiotherapy post-graduate degree in June 2019.

Since graduating, Suzanne has worked in the local Penrith area in both private practice and Sports Physiotherapy. Suzanne has worked with sporting teams including Penrith District Netball Association, Mt Druitt Rangers (NPL), Penrith Valley Figure Skating Club, and local dance and cheer schools. 

Suzanne has a particular interest in working with artistic athletes including cheerleaders and dancers. She has a professional background in both cheer and dance and has previously worked as both a cheer coach and dance teacher. Suzanne’s previous experiences are an invaluable resource to her as a physiotherapist, as she has a thorough understanding of the level of physical fitness and skill acquisition that these athletes must have in order to be successful on stage and in competition.

Suzanne’s other areas of clinical interest reside in lower limb musculoskeletal injuries, spinal pathologies and women’s health.

Nathanial graduated as a physiotherapist in 2012 which saw him work in private practice and hospital settings gaining experience in all areas of physiotherapy including hand therapy, splinting/casting, pre/post-operative care, Men’s Health and general musculoskeletal, occupational and sports physiotherapy. Since then he has gone on to complete further studies in physiotherapy enabling him to be the only dual titled Musculoskeletal, Sports and Exercise Physiotherapist in Penrith.

Nathanial has a strong background in sports physiotherapy achieving accreditation with NSWIS as a service provider and working with many elite sports teams.

Nathanial has a particular interest in working with elite athletes, complex cases and in particular assessment and management of knee, hip and shoulder pain.

Andrea graduated from the Australian Catholic University completing her Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science in 2018 and Master’s of Clinical Exercise Physiology in 2020. After graduating she attained accreditation with ESSA as an Exercise Physiologist.

During her studies she gained clinical experience in both hospital and private practice settings, working in the cardiac rehabilitation program, heart failure service and mental health unit at Nepean Hospital. And at the ACU Exercise and Lifestyle Clinic working with clients with neurological conditions, cancer and chronic musculoskeletal injuries.

Since graduating, Andrea enjoys working with a variety of clients. She has a particular interest in treating musculoskeletal injuries and neurological conditions, striving to help people increase their functional capacity to get them back to work, sport or the things they love doing.