Want the workout of a lifetime? Jump right in! The pool is the perfect place to transform your health. Ask any die-hard swimmer or fitness pro and they will tell you that swimming is one of the best things that you can do for your body. Ready to get moving? Here are a few reasons why swimming is such an amazing workout.
Swimming makes your body WORK. If you don’t swim, you sink. No excuses allowed! Unlike running where you can slow down and not notice it, you always have forces working against you in the water. Your muscles have to constantly be pushing to keep you going. This means that you will automatically be getting a strength and cardio workout every time you dive in- no planning required!
Swimmers have incredibly healthy lungs. Being able to hold your breath is one of the keys to becoming a good swimmer. As you spend more and more time in the water, you body will get used to reduced oxygen levels and start to use the oxygen that you do have more efficiently. Compared to all other athletes, swimmers have some of the best functioning lungs on the planet.
Swimming is low impact. It is a great way to workout while avoiding overtaxing your body. Whether you are injured or just trying to prevent injury, swimming is easy on your joints so you don’t feel the same wear and tear that you would if you were out running or working out in the gym. This also means that you never have to take a break from swimming. Whether you are injured, pregnant or just getting too old for the gym, you can still swim with zero issues. The water is very forgiving and makes it easy for everybody to get started and keep moving forward.
Swimmers are relaxed. Ever wonder why surfers are so laid back? It’s because water helps you chill out! Swimmers get those same benefits. Not only do you get those amazing exercise endorphins, you also get that special relaxation that only the water can bring. According to experts, just submerging your body in water makes you feel more at ease and reduces your risk of long term stress.
Swimmers stay younger. According to a recent study, swimmers are biologically a whopping 20 years younger than their actual ages. By reducing cholesterol levels and blood pressure as well as improving your muscle mass, cognitive functioning, cardiovascular system, and central nervous system health, swimmers can slow down the clock.
Swimming is a truly full body workout. Few workouts push your entire body into motion like swimming. By calling on often-ignored muscles like your lats, deltoids, and traps while pushing your core and lower back to its limits, swimming will get you into the best shape of your life. Did we mention that it will give you killer arm, leg and shoulder muscles too?
Swimming will help you manage your weight. In fact, few workouts will burn calories quite as efficiently as swimming. You can expect to burn upwards of 600 calories per hour in the water. That is more than biking or running!