PHYSICAL FITNESS FRIDAYS- SWIMMING
Happy Friday Everybody!
Welcome to this edition of Physical Fitness Fridays! Today's topic will be swimming. My sister happens to love swimming and she asked me to discuss what health benefits you receive by partaking in this activity. Well, true to form, I did some digging and here is what I found:
Low impact — The buoyancy of water cushions your body and there is no harsh pounding to stress your joints and muscles. Swimming is regarded as one of the safest exercises, with very little risk of injury. Also, many people who have been injured often turn to swimming to rehabilitate their injuries.
Everyone can do it- Your age, weight, skill level, or fitness level does not matter. It is great choice for anyone including overweight people, people with disabilities , pregnant women and seniors.
Weight loss — You burn around three calories a mile per pound of bodyweight. So if you weigh 150 pounds and you swim one mile in 30 minutes, then you will burn 900 calories per hour. Intensity and how much you weigh accounts for how many calories you will burn. If you weigh 150 pounds and swim at moderate intensity, you will burn around 600 calories per hour.
Physical health benefits — Swimming builds flexibility, endurance, muscle strength and cardiovascular health. Water adds 12 times more resistance than air, so it takes more work to move through water than air. Swimming not only helps strengthen muscles, it also helps builds lean, flexible muscles.
Mental benefits — For many, swimming is like a form of mediation. Swimming forces you to regulate your breathing, and allows you to focus on nothing but the rhythm of your stroke.
Whole body conditioning- Swimming tones your upper and lower body. The best strokes for all-over body toning are the freestyle, breaststroke and backstroke.
Improve blood pressure- Research has shown that swimming can help reduce and possibly prevent high blood pressure, lowering your risk for heart disease and stroke.
Well there you have it, there are many health benefits for jumping in the pool! If you are still a little leery of swimming, there are a lot of gyms that offer water aerobics classes and just walking or running in the pool or treading water is very beneficial as well.
So throw on that swimsuit and take a dive!