It’s very difficult to find a single workout that ticks all the boxes when it comes to exercise and fitness. However, there is one workout that professionals working in the fitness industry do agree upon! It’s that swimming is the most all-encompassing exercise you can do with many benefits.
Other cardio exercises, such as running, cycling or walking, are great for the body. They burn calories and fat and can build endurance. But what makes swimming stand out from the crowd is that it is a great exercise of any age or body type.
Why We Think Swimming is the Best Workout
At Sharks Swim Shop and Swim School we know we’re biased but we truly believe that swimming is the best workout you can bestow on your body and mind. Here’s why:
Swimming builds endurance and improves the lungs.
This is the number one reason why you should add swimming to your workout routines every week. You build endurance in your lungs and muscles by swimming more often. In fact, you can use swimming as a way to increase your endurance for activities that require maximum endurance, like marathons. Swimming also helps you to use oxygen more efficiently and effectively.
Workout without the sweat
If you’re one of those people who wants the benefit of a workout without getting hot and sweaty, swimming is your best bet. For some people, this is a game changer. It’s really hard to find a better workout than swimming if you don’t like sweating. You get a full, total body workout that includes cardio and resistance training while staying cool in the pool.
When you move through a swimming pool, your body is actually doing resistance training which is similar to weight lifting. Water is denser than air, and it takes more work to move through it. This is important because while there are similarities in the benefits of running and hiking to swimming, you will experience much more resistance training with swimming than you would with these other activities. In fact, swimming is solid resistance training, ask any swimmer. They’ll tell you that two days after swimming several laps in a pool, you will absolutely feel like you do two days after leg day. If you want to build up your strength without bulking, then try swimming twice a week instead of the normal toning exercises you do using weights.
Swimming builds bone mass.
We all know that resistance training fights osteoporosis, among other benefits. Walking does the same thing. One hour of walking per day has been proven to actually reverse the signs of osteoporosis or bone loss. In a similar way, bone mass support is considered a benefit of swimming, too. When you don’t exercise for long periods of time, you can lose bone mass and put yourself at risk. Swimming may help stop bone loss while helping you get back to an active lifestyle after an injury. Also, if you have arthritis, you can swim regularly to get some cardio in without causing injury to your joints.
Swimming burns tons of calories.
Usually when people hear that an exercise is “low impact,” they think it means the exercise isn’t as effective at burning calories or losing weight as others. That’s just not true. Yes, swimming is low impact and is easier on the joints than other exercises. Many people swim to get an aerobic activity without further irritating their arthritis or to get a workout while healing from a leg injury. That doesn’t mean that swimming is easy, though, or that it’s not effective. Swimming for an hour burns at least 500 calories and even more if your swim is intense. It’s an awesome choice if you do need something low impact for physical reasons. But it’s an equally awesome choice if you are mixing up your daily workouts and need something that burns many calories but gives your body a break.
Choose to Swim
We are in no doubt, swimming is a great cardio exercise. A good, long swim burns calories and fat and is easier on the joints and muscles. And you can probably last longer in the pool than you could pounding the pavement. Additionally, if you have a difficult time running, you can substitute swimming as a weight loss exercise.
Swimming makes working out accessible for people who can’t or aren’t interested in running, cycling, or other forms of cardio. If you swim for exercise and not just fun, you’ll get your heart rate going and get the same benefits as cardio and resistance training. You just won’t get all sweaty while you’re doing it! And you’ll probably be able to swim for a longer period of time than you could run.
For a great body all year round, swim regularly at your local pool to incorporate swimming into your workout routines regularly.
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