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6 Benefits of swimming that’ll have you jumping into the pool

Nisha Ali on Saturday, October 2, 2021

Are you looking to change up your workout routine? Are you looking for a new and safe way to exercise out of your house? Do you want to get in shape and have fun at the same time? If so, swimming is the perfect workout for you! One of the many benefits to swimming is that people of all ages, backgrounds, and various levels of experience can benefit from this activity. It is one of the few sports you can do starting from a young age and going all the way up into your 80s and beyond. So, let’s take a dive and talk about why the next time you workout at the J you should take a jump into our pool!

Benefit #1: A whole body workout

Swimming is one of the few exercises that engages almost every major muscle group. It requires a person to use their arms, legs, torso, and stomach.

 

Benefit #2: It is great for all ages and fitness levels

Certain exercises may be challenging for people who are new to working out or feel very unfit. However, swimming can be inviting to people as it allows them to go at their own pace.  

 

Benefit #3: Burns calories

Swimming is a great way to burn calories. Although the amount of calories burned depends on a person’s weight and how vigorously they swim. Swimming the freestyle stroke for one hour burns 400 to 600 calories!

 

Benefit #4: Builds endurance 

One of the biggest benefits from swimming daily is it increases endurance. Water resistance is a more natural resistance versus lifting weights. This requires the body to strain through the water rather than against it, resulting in a natural resistance that will greatly increase one’s endurance.

 

Benefit #5: Easy on the joints

Swimming does not put a large strain on a person's joints. This is great for people who suffer from arthritis or have a joint injury, as the lifting effect of water reduces stress on weight bearing joints. 

 

Benefit #6: Helps with stress and anxiety  

Many do not know that swimming is considered a great anxiety reliever. The rhythmic breathing used while swimming is proven to reduce stress. Laps in the pool will pump out feel-good endorphins while floating will encourage muscle relaxation.

 

These are just a few of the many benefits swimming can have on you. But if you still are not convinced, reserve a lane and try it! 

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