Top Reasons Why You Should Swim More

February 27, 2013

This is a guest post by Nicole Stout.

Have you thought about joining your local gym or recreational center? The use of the pool alone can benefit you more than you may realize. Many cities invest in community classes or competitions that can include all kinds of sports activities. Swimming is one of them. It’s an all year long activity whether there’s an indoor or outdoor location. Here are a few reasons why you should consider swimming more.

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Fun Exercise for All

Swimming is a fun activity for everyone. Even for those who are disabled or overcoming an illness or addiction. Anyone can wade in a lazy river or float on the ocean waves whether they are 2 or 92 years old. The physical therapy alone will work wonders for physical health as well as psychological well-being too. Swimming lessons would be the perfect family activity too. If you don’t know how to swim yet it’s time to take some lessons. Or you could join a swim team to get more time in the pool and make friends through sportsmanship.

Your Heart Will Thank You

Swimming is one of the best exercises for cardiovascular fitness. Not only will you get an intensive body-strengthening workout but you will improve the most important muscle in your body. The best way to keep you heart healthy is to get it pumping at a high rate for a set amount of time. This increase blood flow and makes your heart stronger. Whether you’re doing laps, water aerobics, or attempting a triathlon, swimming is a great activity to help your heart last longer.

Swimming Eliminates Stress

If you’re in a bad mood or overly stressed out by the demands of work or life in general, it’s time to take a dip in the pool. A few laps in the pool or a dip in the ocean can wash your cares away for a time. Concentrate on the soothing energy of the water. Swimming can help you to focus your mind and let go of worries or burdens. You can channel your thoughts to the positives of life. Everyone needs a chance to recharge and a vigorous swim is the perfect mind/body workout.

Weight Loss Benefits

In order to lose weight from swimming you need workout regularly. Add a swim routine to a diet and exercise plan properly. It all depends on how much weight you want to lose or maintain because swimming adds muscle. You’re exercising your entire body and developing muscle mass in your arms and legs that can add a few extra pounds. Take into account what you eat too. High protein foods will give you the energy to exercise in the pool but not for long stretches of time. Pay close attention to what you eat if you want lose weight from swimming. You may achieve a more toned body, but pounds may not come off easily.

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