Swimming for Health is an Effective Activity for All Age and Weight Groups

Swimming is a fun-filled activity that has plenty of health benefits for people of all ages and sizes. Irrespective of whether you are splashing around in the pool or are swimming for health reasons, the fact remains that swimming has benefits which outweigh those of nearly every other form of exercise. Due to the fact that swimming does not involve ground impact, it is a form of exercise that has been adopted by those who are unable to walk and require rehabilitative therapy. It remains one of the most enjoyable exercises around, and very few will complain about swimming for health as they might if forced to endure a stressful gym workout.

Working with Water can be a Challenge

It should be noted that swimming is not merely about frolicking in the water; the benefits of swimming are tangible, especially if you are incorporating aerobic activities into your routine. Calories are burned quickly when your body begins to work against the weight and power of water, and are burned further depending on your swimming speed and style of stroke. Primary benefits of swimming for health include quick and effective calorie burning, toned arms and legs due to rapid and repeated movement.

Water is Safer than Gym Equipment

Provided that you are supervised by a trainer, or can already swim independently, swimming for health will have another benefit for you, especially if you are older or prone to injury. Swimming is a much safer activity than using machines at the gym, which could cause injury if mishandled. The chances of drowning are rare, especially if you follow the pool rules and swim responsibly. Water will help you in reaping the benefits of swimming without hurting your body and straining your muscles.

How to Begin Your Swim Routine for Fitness

If you don’t have your own pool, take a look around your neighborhood or local gym to locate a swimming pool or club, which will charge a minimal amount to let you begin your routine there. You will only need to have basic gear such as a swimsuit or swimming trunks, and a latex swimming cap to protect your hair from the heavily-chlorinated water. You might also want to add a pair of swimming goggles, which will prevent reddening of the eyes due to chlorine exposure and will also allow you to see underwater.

In the event that you are looking to reap the maximum benefit from your swimming routine, do consider joining swimming aerobics or related activities that allow you to perform exercises in the pool.

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About Robin R.
I’m an AFPA certified personal trainer & nutrition consultant, NASM certified corrective exercise specialist, NASM certified youth exercise specialist, online fitness coach and freelance writer specializing in health and fitness. I hold a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the University of San Francisco and a Master of Science in natural health. I specialize in weight loss, functional strength training, total body toning, aerobic conditioning, plyometric training, nutrition planning, and home-based boot camp style workouts for women. My goal is to make every personal training session fun and effective for my clients. My services include both in-home personal training and online fitness coaching.

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