The Health Benefits of Swimming

*By: Megan Deppen*

Photo: Shamim Nakhaei

Swimming season is in full swing, and there’s nothing better than going for a nice refreshing dip when the temps are sweltering outside. Not only is it a fun activity that helps cool you off in the summer months, but it also offers some great overall health benefits.

Low Impact – As we know many exercises wear and tear on our joints and muscles, however swimming is a low impact workout, which makes this workout sustainable overtime. What’s even better is swimming is suitable for all ages.

Full Body Workout – Swimming is a complete body workout. It strengthens and tones your muscles and helps with maintaining your weight. It also builds endurance and cardiovascular fitness. Some basic swim workouts to try are the freestyle, butterfly stroke, and flutter kicks.

Relaxing and Alleviates Stress – As I stated above, swimming is a great workout, but it can also be a nice way to relax and alleviate stress. Additionally, it provides mental health benefits.

Therapy for Some Injuries – Depending on the injury, swimming can provide low-impact therapy to help condition the injured area. It can also help people with arthritis and other disabilities.

Variety of Places – Lucky for us, swimming can be found in a variety of places, such as a beaches, pools, dams, rivers, and lakes. No matter where you choose to swim, make sure to always be safe and check on the conditions.

Below is a beginner 30-minute swim workout to check out if you’re interested.

Photo: America’s Swimming Pool Co.

Do you enjoy swimming? Leave us your comments below.

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