Swimming : An Alternative Form of Cardio That’s Fun and Healthy

When you were young, getting the chance to be in the pool was mainly about flailing around and enjoying every single minute of it. Jumping off the edge and doing cannonballs isn’t going to do much for you now though, is it? That’s not to say that age should be a deterrent to having fun while in a pool. Swimming can be a fun and extremely beneficial way to do cardiovascular activity, as well as a way to improve several aspects of your health.

Aside from the obvious great feeling of being in the water, swimming is a wonderful way to develop a strong cardiovascular system, improve breath control, and even tone your muscle to an extent that tops all other forms of cardiovascular activity that take place outside of the beautiful blue water. If you’re looking to lose weight and gain muscle at the same time, swimming is a great choice because it targets almost every muscle in your body at the same time. Water provides a natural resistance, which means that the faster you’re swimming, the more resistance your body’s muscles are experiencing, which results in better overall muscle development.

One of the great things about swimming is the ability to exercise even if you have trouble doing other activities such as running or walking. Leg or foot issues? No problem! You’re in the water, a place where joints and muscles are worn on less than if you were running or walking. Running happens to be a high-impact, high-intensity exercise, where muscles and joints take a bit more of a beating. The fact that swimming can reduce your body weight by as much as 90 percent, which obviously causes a lot less stress on your joints, makes it a popular choice for those who have joint problems or older individuals who still are looking to work out without the stress of the inevitable wear and tear that running may cause.

Just because you can’t (or don’t want to) do a cannonball into the deep end anymore doesn’t mean you can’t have fun while swimming. And it just so happens that it helps your body in many ways, so what are you waiting for, get yourself into the pool a.s.a.p. and soon you’ll be doing that backstroke like nobodies business.

 

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