Swim Your Way to Good Health
By Donna Stark
You may have spent the entire summer relaxing by the pool or lake, but did you know those bodies of water are a great place to exercise too? When it comes to improving your overall health and wellness, very few things surpass the impact that aquatic exercises have on the body. In fact, you'd be hard pressed to find anything comparable, so the next time you head to the water, bring your workout music too! After reading the benefits listed below, this may be your new, favorite way to exercise.
It's Low Impact
If you suffer from chronic joint pain or are in the process of healing from an injury, you certainly don't want to do anything that will aggravate your body even more. Thankfully, there is water. Swimming is a great way to keep your body in motion while avoiding the extreme impact your joints may encounter with other forms of exercise.
Yes, it's cool to exercise but that's not the type of cool we are talking about here. It can be dangerous to work out in the summer because the risk of overheating is high, but swimming will help keep your body cool. Just be careful to not set the water temperature too high if you plan on using it for exercise! Save those higher temperatures for the hot tub.
Being able to adjust the intensity of your workouts from day to day is important and thankfully, it is easy to do so with swimming! You can swim for as long or as short as you want, and as slow or as fast as you like. It doesn't matter. In fact, you don't even have to swim at all! There are plenty of other ways to exercise in the water if swimming is a challenge.
It's a Workout
Just because swimming is a low-impact workout, doesn't mean it can't be an intense workout too! By engaging every part of your body, swimming helps build strength, tone muscles, and improve endurance. In addition to that, it can also help increase range of motion and flexibility.
It's Good for the Heart
The best thing about swimming, though, is that while your muscles are getting a good workout in, so is your heart! Swimming helps lower blood pressure, strengthens the function of your heart (and lungs!), and reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease.
Improving Your Health One Stroke at a Time
So, are you ready to improve your overall health and wellness? If so, suit up and jump in! But remember, just because you are in the water doesn't mean you can forget about bringing some water of your own to drink. Staying hydrated is still as important as ever!
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Jersey City, N.J.