Are you looking to make your exercise routine more interesting and boost your fitness level? Try swimming! It’s something just about anyone can do, and all you need is a body of water and a swimsuit. Why should you incorporate swimming into your weekly exercise routine? We can think of several good reasons.
- Swimming is low impact. Because 90 percent of your body weight is supported by the water when you swim, swimming is a great way to exercise without stressing your joints and your back. If you’ve twisted your ankle or sustained some other minor injury that makes other exercises difficult, swimming is a great option. Additionally, it doesn’t cause all the wear and tear to your joints that many exercises, like running and jogging, can cause.
- Just about anyone can swim. Children, adults, senior citizens, people with disabilities or injuries- almost anyone can benefit from swimming. Swimming has been shown to reduce pain for people with multiple sclerosis and arthritis, improve anxiety symptoms for those with fibromyalgia, and improve the bone health of post-menopausal women. No matter who you are, regardless of your fitness level, you’ll probably benefit from going for a swim.
- Swimming helps build lung capacity. Because your face is in the water for part of the time when you swim, it helps teach you to breathe more efficiently. Swimmers are typically better at inhaling and exhaling more deeply, and swimming can even help improve asthma.
- Stress melts away when you swim. Many forms of exercise prompt the body to release endorphins and alleviate stress, but there’s something special about swimming. Swimming provides a therapeutic type of isolation, blocking out sensory information that bombards us throughout the rest of our day.
- Swimming is a great workout, inside and out. It provides great cardio exercise, aerobic benefits, and strength building. It not only engages every major muscle group as you use your arms, legs, torso, and stomach, but also increases your heart rate and builds cardiovascular strength without stressing your body.
- You can lower your risk of disease when you swim. It’s not just your heart that benefits from the exercise you get while you’re swimming! When you swim 30 minutes a week, you protect yourself from stroke and type 2 diabetes as well as heart disease.
Swimming is so good for you that it might even prompt you to install a pool in your own back yard! When you need someone to care for that pool, Millennium Pools & Spas can help. With over 30 combined years of experience in the pool industry, we provide a comprehensive range of services for both residential and commercial customers in Virginia, Washington DC, and Maryland. When you hire Millennium Pools & Spas, you get a well-qualified, industry-trained staff, services that are tailored to your needs, and a commitment to 100% customer satisfaction. Contact us through our website for more information.