Being that it is summer, exercising can be put on the back burner for many reasons. Temperatures rise and energy levels fall, it can be hard to get up and be active. However, summer is the perfect time to get outside and enjoy the weather while breaking a sweat. And what is one thing that can cool you off and be a great workout at the same time? Swimming of course!
Swimming is a great low impact exercise because you are virtually weightless in water. It is known to be easy on joints (especially in heated pools, which help loosen joints up), making it a great workout if you are injured or have some sort of joint issue, such as arthritis. Where a regular land workout may cause more stress to your weaker areas due to more impact, a pool workout can help relieve that stress and allow you to focus on gaining muscle and improving strength in your joints.
Swimming is often considered an aerobic exercise, which makes it an ideal workout for your heart. With a healthy heart, you can lower your risk of heart disease. With a strong heart, you can be better prepared for the physical demands of stress – or even a heart attack – can put on the organ. When the heart is stronger, it pumps more blood throughout your body. When your circulation is better, you can just naturally feel better.
If we don’t work out for a certain period of time, our body becomes weaker. Our muscles need resistance in order to become stronger. Moving your body through water offers that needed resistance, therefore helping your muscles stretch and expand to become stronger.
It is important that if you are not a strong swimmer- or even if you are, you do not swim without a lifeguard present. Never swim alone. If you are swimming in cooler water, watch for signs of hypothermia, which include shivering, shallow breathing, and a slow, weak pulse. Always drink water whenever you work out, no matter the workout. Just because you are in water, does not mean you don’t need to drink it. You are still sweating in the pool, you may just not realize it since the rest of your body is wet. Always drink water to replenish.
Please consult your doctor before starting any exercise regimen. This article is for informational purposes only.