Why Is Swimming So Good For You?

When I was a kid I loved to swim.  It was one of the wonderful things our family did together and even as a teenager, I spent long hours at the pool and the lake.  As I became an adult I tried things like waterskiing, kayaking and jetskis, but got away from actually swimming in the water.  I had dabbled in triathlons 15 years ago and realized how much better my body felt when I added swimming to my fitness repertoire.  I never really liked chlorinated pools and frequently whined about the cold water.  As I have gotten older, however, I have developed a greater appreciation of the benefits of swimming and am pleased to report that there are many Seattle area pools that are using salt water instead of chlorine.  Here are some of the benefits I have recently rediscovered.

  • Cardiovascular Fitness
    Swimming provides cardiovascular conditioning that incorporates all of the major muscle groups including your heart.  While other forms of exercise may be more effective at elite levels, like running or cycling, incorporating swimming into a cross-training routine and pushing yourself in practice will result in overall improved fitness.

     

  • Muscle Tone and Strength
    Swimming builds strength and promotes longer, leaner muscles that complement the shorter denser muscles that develop with weight lifting not only boosts cardiovascular capacity while increasing muscle strength

     

  • Flexibility
    A heated pool relaxes muscles, increasing flexibility and enabling important stretching. Also, after intense lactic-acid-building endurance workouts (running, cycling, weights), an easy swim helps flush out toxins preventing muscle tightness and soreness the following day.  Plus there is generally a hot tub around for before or after your swim

     

  • Core Stability
    Swimming develops core body strength because it utilizes all the body's muscles simultaneously. Although 70 percent of a swimmer's effort comes from the upper body, kickboard and fin workouts can provide an excellent leg workout.

     

  • Endurance
    Swimmers are able to swim longer than they can what they could sustain doing other activities. With the right technique, a swimmer will be able to train forthan if they were running and, as a result, more calories are burned.

     

  • Weight Loss

    A 155 pound person will burn 223 calories swimming at a moderate pace for 30 minutes.  Interval training can also increase the metabolism and the number of calories expended.
     

  • Preserves Your Joints

    Unlike running, basketball and soccer swimming is a non-impact sport that will protect and preserve your joints.  It is also excellent therapy when recovering from an injury

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