Swimming is a low-impact exercise that provides benefits regardless of age or weight. Even patients with painful joints due to arthritis or other conditions can take up swimming because water buoyancy is easier on their joints.
When a study by the State University of New York compared swimmers to non-swimmers, they found that swimmers enjoyed the following benefits:
- Lower heart rates
- Healthier blood pressure
- Improved breathing
- Better circulation
These advantages are good for joint health, and the demands of swimming on the upper body provide aerobic exercise for a healthy heart. You can expect to burn 400 to 500 more calories per hour when exercising in the water. Additionally, water offers 12 times the resistance of air, which helps to improve muscle strength. You can add even more resistance to your water routine with hand-held paddles and kickboards. The pool is also a great place to work on overall flexibility by performing stretches. Water workouts are ideal for weight loss, cardiac rehabilitation, and helping to preserve joint motion.
Go ahead take advantage of our warm weather and spend the day by the pool.