What Makes Swimming a Great Exercise?

by Pool Builders on 12-10-2009 in Articles

For many people, swimming is an exercise they haven't considered doing yet. Most people seem to be stick with exercises such as jogging and aerobics, and that's fine, but swimming can actually be better than these exercises for several reasons. Here's a few reasons that might entice you to take a dip and swim a few laps next time.

#1 - Swimming is a full-body workout. Unlike jogging, which mainly only works out the legs, swimming works out the entire body -- the legs, the torso, and the arms. And with the steady breathing that you have to do while doing the strokes, you'll also get a good cardiovascular workout.

#2 - Swimming is fun to do on a hot day. Aside from getting a good workout, swimming can also help you cool off during a hot day (or warm up during a cold day, in a heated indoor pool). It is a great exercise to do when it's simply too cold to go jogging.

#3 - Swimming can be done by people of all ages. As you get older, weight-bearing exercises can be pretty hard to do, and the risk of injury increases. But the water takes all the weight away from your feet, so you can focus on the motions without worrying too much about impact injury.

To start a new swimming workout regimen, you'll first have to get rid of your fear of water. Humans by nature would much rather keep their feet dry, so it might take a while to get used to exhaling under the water, and resurfacing to inhale. But once you get the hang of it, you'll discover that swimming is a fun way to stay in shape.

But with all kinds of exercise, if you're not sure if you're ready for the rigors of swimming, check with your doctor - and hope he gives you the all-clear soon!

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