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3 Reasons Swimming is the Best Workout

By Virginia Laird

Are you looking for a workout that challenges every muscle in the body? Swimming may be the answer. Doctors of all types recommend swimming for various reasons. Chiropractors suggest the use of water workouts for those who may be struggling with back or joint pain. Other physicians recommend it to provide a low impact workout. No matter the reason you are considering testing out the water, you should know that research has long determined swimming to be one of the best workouts that can be done. Before turning your nose up at the idea of a long swim or water aerobic routine, consider the following:

  • Water exercises work every muscle in the body on a low impact level
  • Water workouts are self-paced
  • Swimming builds cardio strength

Water Exercises are Low Impact

Low impact is described as a workout that is less stressful on the body. On land, these are workouts that keep one foot on the ground at all times. In water, all exercises are considered low impact. These workouts are a great way to get the blood flowing. Many choose a lower impact workout to reduce the probability of an injury. If swimming is your choice of water exercise, you are working every muscle of the body.

Water Workouts are Self-Paced

Unlike other classes that people may enjoy, water classes are more self-paced, especially swimming. The pressure to keep up with others is virtually non-existent as it is impossible to see what others are doing under the water. This can help those who may be less coordinated to feel right at home and not judged.  

Swimming Builds Cardio Strength

Another great fact about swimming is that cardio endurance is strengthened. Due to the fact that swimming utilizes all the muscles of the body, it challenges the cardio system. This helps to build cardio endurance. This can be helpful when getting in shape. The entire body relies on the cardio system to remain healthy. Strengthening this is a good way to increase the odds of remaining healthy. Many who swim have the ability to have more aerobic energy and stamina than those who do not.  

Other benefits of swimming include a lower stress level, it can be therapeutic, and it offers pain relief for aching joints. Stop by your local pool for a great workout!

To learn more about your health and wellness, visit your local The Joint Chiropractic.

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