Swapping Strides for Strokes

Running, biking, and spinning are great forms of exercise, however, if you are getting weary of these workouts, you are in luck! As the weather is getting nicer, it is time to embrace the true hidden gem of exercise: swimming. Your initial motivation to jump into a freezing body of water may be low, but after reading just how amazing this sport is, you will hopefully think twice.

First, as summer is rearing its beautiful head, there is no better excuse to beat some summer heat than cooling off after a long workday. Second, you do not have to be an Olympic athlete to have a great workout. Swimming is advantageous to everyone from novice starters to aged professionals. Not only will practice help to strengthen every muscle in one’s body, it can also help you reduce stress and learn to control your breathing patterns. Although some adults are apprehensive or intimidated by swimming, it is never too late to learn.

Swimming has multiple physical health benefits. It boosts the cardiovascular system and keeps up a steady heart rate while loosening muscles in the upper and lower body at the same time. In addition, one’s arms and legs gain muscle while building endurance. The resistance of the water forces the body to produce a greater momentum, which, in turn, creates a more toned physique. Whether you decide to go long or short distance, swimming can help to develop flexibility, coordination, and better posture. The pool is also a great place to heal other physical ailments and injuries! Being in the water can relax sore joints and tendons as well as ease the pain of some diseases like arthritis. Because of this, diving into swimming especially as an adult could be a better workout move than running or jogging as it usually does not bring on further muscle or ligament issues.

Swimming is a hands-on exercise in that you can create times and workouts that can challenge you but also keep you engaged. By varying the intervals and stroke types, a heart pumping, calorie-burning session is a great way to blow off steam. However, a lighter, more relaxing swim can still burn off an immense amount of calories and assist in maintaining a healthy weight. Furthermore, swimming releases endorphins, which are chemicals in the body that help one emit naturally happy emotions. Not only are your muscles soothed after a workout, but also, your mental wellness is inadvertently improved.

Lastly, this form of exercise can be beneficial to the whole family. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention states that, “Water-based exercise can improve the health of mothers and their unborn children and has a positive effect on the mothers’ mental health. Parents of children with developmental disabilities find that recreational activities, such as swimming, improve family connections.” This is a workout that has positive long and short-term effects that help a myriad of people for its plentiful physical and emotional reliefs, and it should definitely be added to your summer bucket list!

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