Swimming: The World’s Healthiest Exercise?

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Many people consider exercise to be a boring chore that they will do anything to get themselves out of. They don’t enjoy exercising because they see it as work. This is why in many ways swimming can be the world’s healthiest exercise. The truth is that most people enjoy swimming, and it is a great way to get healthy and stay healthy.

Health Benefits of Swimming 

One of the benefits to swimming for exercise is that it gives people a great deal of cardiovascular benefits. To get these benefits one must swim at a brisk pace. Swimming can be an even better exercise when it is done competitively. The harder a person swims, the harder their heart is working to generate the energy they need to keep doing so. In addition to stimulating the heart, it also strengthens one’s lungs.

Young Girl in the pool. Photo courtesy of FreeDigitalPhotos.net.

Photo courtesy of FreeDigitalPhotos.net.

Taking a few minutes to swim either before or after jogging or bike riding can also bring about health benefits. Doing so before a workout improves one’s blood circulation and strengthens their muscles as well. Individual muscles can be isolated during a swim, making one’s workout session more efficient.

In addition to helping people stay in shape swimming can also help people recover from knee problems. Long distance runners often go swimming when their knees are worn about from the impact placed on them while they are running. This allows them to still get the same amount of exercise without placing more stress on their knees.

Swimming can also be used to help people relax and slip into a meditative state. Even floating on one’s back can be enough to help them relieve stress and unwind after a hard day.

With so many great health benefits to swimming there is almost no reason not to participate in this activity.

About the author / 

Moji Tehranian

Moji is a certified personal trainer. She has had the privilege to work with many busy clients who are balancing family, work and fitness. As a busy mom herself with a full-time job and kids, Moji understands that fitness isn't just about working out. To her, fitness is an integral part of the overall balance of life. Moji is also the editor of the Sleek.ly branded "Get Fit. Get Sexy." monthly magazine.

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