Swimming is by far one of the most fun and enjoyable
fitness activities one can participate in. Swimming,
unlike jogging, cycling, weightlifting or any other
activity, is ideal for any age or physical ability.
Use this guide to help make swimming part of your fitness
The Benefits of Swimming
It's hard to beat swimming when it comes to a sport
that strengthens the body, soothes the mind, regulates
breathing, stimulates circulation and puts no stress
on the joints - all in one. Unlike running or weight
training, which concentrate on specific muscle groups,
swimming benefits the upper body, torso and legs together
and is one of the fastest ways to improve general
strength, stamina and cardiovascular fitness.
Swimming is a very low impact exercise. The provided weightlessness
of the water greatly reduces stress on joints,
virtually eliminating the potential of back, knee
and other muscular injuries that are common in high impact
activities such as running. The water pressure against the legs and
arms is also beneficial to the circulatory system.
The water pressure adds to the muscle pressure exerted
on the veins to aid in returning blood to the heart
According to the American Heart Association, just
30-60 minutes of physical activity, 3-4 days per week
can help reduce your risk for heart disease, stroke,
and diabetes. As a regular physical activity, swimming
can also help lower your blood pressure and cholesterol. Get fit. Swim!