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The Surprising Exercise You Need More Of

By Stepy Kamei

If you're like most people, you probably have at least one nostalgic memory of swimming in a pool when you were a kid -- preferably on a warm summer day. Many of us, myself included, think of swimming as a fun and relaxing way to spend an afternoon (or at least, we did when we were kids). However, it's easy to stop taking a dip in the pool as we get older and take on more responsibilites, causing our schedules to get more and more hectic. Before you start to feel guilty for wanting to indulge in a little more time by the pool, regardless of the time of year, you should take into consideration the fact that swimming is known to be one of the most effective forms of exercise by many healthcare and fitness experts. It turns out there's a clear reason why most gyms make sure to install swimming pools!

What Can a Few Laps in the Pool Do For You?

Swimming is referred to as a type of low-impact exercise, but that doesn't mean it's low in the amount of benefits it can provide! Swimming is considered low-impact because it is relatively safe, as it is in a controlled environment, and it allows the participant to control their own pace of the workout. Now, what exactly does swimming do to work out your body? If you've ever tried to walk through water, you've no doubt noticed how much slower you move. This is due to the natural resistance found in bodies of water. When you push through this resistance, the muscles of your body become toned and conditioned -- particularly the abs, thighs, and biceps. It's a good idea to keep your exercise routine well-rounded for sure, and incorporate swimming into your regular routine of time spent lifting weights or running on the treadmill, since swimming offers such a unique type of muscle conditioning.

What Else Can a Swim Do For You?

It's also important to note that many people who are recovering from an injury or who deal with chronic pain are often encouraged to go swimming by their healthcare providers. This is because swimming can be done at any pace, for any length of time. This makes it an ideal workout for people who are a bit more vulnerable. Furthermore, swimming can be great for mental health as well. Being in water is naturally very relaxing, after all! 

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