5 Reasons Why Swimming is Great For You

by Pool Builders on 01-16-2010 in Articles

One of the best memories I have as a child is swimming in the summer. Back then it was just plain ol' fun. It was a way to stay cool on muggy days and feel free and weightless as I explored the quiet blue depths of our family pool.

As an adult I am reminded time and again about the benefits of swimming. Yes, I still find it just plain ol' fun, but I also swim now to stay young and in vibrant shape.

Here are five ways that swimming will benefit you:

Swimming improves your cardiovascular system. Swimming is an aerobic sport, which means it is one that raises your heart rate and circulates more blood, delivering vital oxygen to your tissues and organs. Aerobic activity has also been shown to lower blood pressure. If you suffer from high blood pressure, consider adding swimming to your exercise regimen.

Swimming is one of the greatest ways to lose body fat. If you're trying to lose weight, I highly recommend swimming. Not only is it very gentle on your bones and joints, but it requires you use most of your muscles at the exact same time which is grandly beneficial. And, it's so much fun you're not even aware you're getting one of the best workouts ever.

Swimming burns a lot of calories! Did you know if you swam for 1 hour, you could burn between 500 - 1000 calories, depending on weight and exertion? And the best part is, you're burning a ton of calories, but you don't have to sweat doing it!

You can swim at any age. Unlike most other sports or exercises you can think of, swimming is great for you if you're 8 or 88 and easy to do.

Swimming relieves stress. It has been likened by some as a form of wet meditation. When you swim you can relax, unwind and let your mind un-clutter itself. You can focus on your breathing and reach a state of zen.

If one of your New Year's resolutions was to lose weight and get healthier, I strongly recommend a swimming program. If you don't have your own pool, check out your local gym or YMCA.

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