Everyone Can Benefit From Swimming!

by Pool Builders on 08-10-2008 in Articles

Whether you are a runner, a walker, or a cyclist, you should know that everyone can benefit from swimming. Swimming is one of the best physical activities out there, yet not too many people take part in it. Swimming provides the body with 12 times the resistance of air, which means quicker weight loss and quicker muscle building results.

Most doctors agree that swimming is one of the best cardio exercises because it is easy on the joints. Most other physical activities place a lot of pressure on the joints. That is why water fitness is praised by people who suffer from injuries, arthritis, and movement limitations. People who suffer from arthritis also rave about the fact that water activities help them relive joint pain. Furthermore, many professional athletes turn to swimming following an injury in order to regain their strength and improve their range of motion.

Unlike many other exercises, swimming incorporates all of the muscle groups. With one single movement you have the possibility of working your back, shoulder, arms, hips, glutes, and legs. And with twelve times the resistance, your muscles will be working 12 times as hard with each single move. But this does not mean that swimming is much more painful than regular land fitness. The beauty behind water activities is that you do not feel the pain in your muscles as you would on land. Furthermore, swimming is fun! If I had to choose between running on a treadmill for an hour or going to the pool for an hour, I would definitely choose the latter. Many people associate swimming with youth, summer time and fun, thus creating a workout environment that is enjoyable. So the next time you go the gym, try bringing your bathing suit instead of your running shoes.

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