Your Chiropractor Says Get In the Water, It's Fine!
By Stephen R. Farris
Did you know that swimming is one of the best exercises for people who have disabilities, arthritis pain, certain breathing problems such as asthma, or if you're suffering from back problems?
If you're under the care of a chiropractor, he/she may even suggest that you swim between treatments to help speed up your recovery process. You can even sign up for a class at a local YMCA if there's one near you. Or you can usually find some open pool time for individuals at the YMCA if you feel a little self-conscious.
The point is, swimming can actually help you get in a total body workout using several different techniques that work different muscle groups in your body. Not only does swimming help strengthen your upper body, midsection, and lower body, it also helps strengthen your heart and lungs.
Swimming -- according to studies and research -- has been shown to actually reduce your risk of death. In many cases, it can lower your blood pressure and help control blood sugar. Swimming can also help you lose weight.
You may have discussed nutrition and weight loss with your chiropractor, and chances are he/she suggested a healthy change in your diet and doing more exercise. One exercise that will help burn those calories and lower your weight is swimming. For example. I'm a large guy. A bit (or more) over 240 pounds. According to studies, a person who weighs 240 pounds, just by swimming laps at a modest rate, can burn anywhere from 632 to 1,028 per hour.
Like most aerobic exercises, swimming falls into that group without putting a lot of stress on your body. In the same token, it can also help improve your ability to sleep better at night. This is especially good news if you are older, and have problems with insomnia.
Additional benefits from swimming, besides helping to speed up recovery from back problems or other injuries include:
- Helps you better manage stress
- Puts you in a better mood
- Safe during pregnancy
- Good for the entire family, especially kids
- Doesn't require you to purchase additional equipment like weights or a bike
Overall, swimming is good for you on many levels whether you're young or getting up in years. Don't forget to talk with your chiropractor if you have questions, and always check with him/her or your primary care physician to see if you're healthy enough to begin any exercise program.
To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Houston, Tex.