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How Swimming Boosts Overall Health

By Sabine Dorothy Docteur

Individuals who want to lose weight and stay fit have sought out different avenues to do so. There are various exercises that one can do to keep the body active, and one such option is swimming. Swimming is effective in keeping the heart healthy and the body at its optimum fitness level. Experts in heart health recommend that adults get an average of 150 minutes of moderate exercise every week. Swimming is a great way to engage in cardio and work out your heart. It not only burns calories but has a whole lot of other amazing benefits.

Works the Entire Body

Swimming is one of those exercises that works the whole body.  Each swimming movement from the breaststroke, sidestroke and backstroke works on a specific muscle group. In this way, there is not a part of your body that does not benefit. A quick swim will increase your heart rate without causing any increased stress on your joints. Swimming has also been shown to help build strength, endurance, and tone muscles. When you are in the water, the resistance on your muscle groups is gentle. 

Manages Stress and Boosts Energy

Exercise is a great way to manage stress. Swimming has that quality to make you forget your worries and focus on being emerged in water. Research conducted with a group of swimmers showed that swimming reduces anxiety and stress. The tranquility that swimming provides can be a powerful tool to relieve stress and improve mental health. Not to mention, swimming is fun. The ability to play around helps relieve your body and mind. The fact that swimming is a great cardio exercise contributes to an increase in energy levels. Your metabolic rate increases with just 30 minutes in the water.

Improves Sleep

The reason swimming improves sleep patterns is because of its ability to help you calm your mind. People who exercise regularly find amazing improvement with issues of insomnia. Releasing the stress and tension helps you to have a calm mind, especially at night when you need it the most.

Swimming is a safe exercise for individuals who may not normally be as active as others, but desire to reap all of the health benefits. Individuals with arthritis, injury, and disability can use swimming as a great alternative for a healthier lifestyle. There are numerous health benefits of swimming, both physically and mentally. Jumping into this physical exercise will add to happier and healthier lives overall.

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Morrisville, N.C.

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