Whether a person is looking to keep their body strong and healthy or to improve their strength and health, exercise is key. However for some people, exercising can be a difficult task. People who are overweight, have arthritis or other physical ailments may find that the normal cardio exercise routine is too tough on their body. For those people, swimming may be the perfect cardiovascular exercise for their body. When the human body is submerged to the waist in water, the body only bears around 50% of the actual weight. The water in the pool takes care of that other 50% Not only is swimming a good workout for the body, it is also low-impact so that it will not put too much stress on the joints or on the body's skeletal system.
The Arthritis Foundation recommends that those suffering from arthritis should often exercise their muscles in order to stretch and strengthen them. Swimming will provide both a stretch and help strengthen a person's muscles. Not only does just swimming help those suffering from arthritis but if they are swimming in a heated pool it will bring even more relief to their swollen joints. The warm water will help loosen the joints and allow the sufferer to exercise without pain. It has been proven that those who suffer from osteoarthritis find that their affected joints feel better after performing water-based exercises.
Swimming is also a great cardio exercise for anyone looking to shed a few pounds or tone their muscles. Depending on the intensity and what type of stroke is being done, swimming can burn up calories just as quick, or even quicker, than a cardio workout on land. While swimming, try doing the strokes at a higher intensity for a shorter amount of time to burn the most calories efficiently. Swimming is a great exercise for helping to gain or tone the body's muscle mass. Swimming is an exercise that forces the muscles to work harder. Water is more resistant than air, meaning that the body has to work harder to move through it and uses more muscles to do so.
Swimming not only works out the muscles that are visible but works out the most important muscle of all- the heart. Swimming is a cardiovascular exercise which means that it works out the heart as well. Swimming can keep the heart a healthy size and pumping blood more efficiently. Studies have also shown that swimming as a workout can help improve flexibility, lower the cholesterol levels in the body and decrease the risk for diabetes.
Not only is swimming excellent cardiovascular exercise, it is also fun at any age! Kids enjoy splashing around and playing games in the water with each other. Adults often find swimming to be stress-relieving and relaxing. Swimming helps to release endorphins in the brain which give a person the feeling of relaxation. The feeling that swimmers get can be compared to a person who does yoga workouts. No matter what age however, everyone can agree that taking a dip in the pool on a warm day is enough to cool anyone down.