“30 minutes in a pool is worth 45 minutes of the same activity on land”
Ok let’s talk pool time. As a form of exercise, it does get much better than swimming. It’s a sport that gives you a true all over body work out and it’s low impact which means that everyone from young kids to very OAP’s can do.
Let’s delve a little deeper into the benefits of swimming as an exercise.
Almost all small towns have public amenity swimming pool which. And if you happen to live by the coast in a nice climate then we’re all jealous!
Given that swimming is a low impact sport that doesn’t require much fitness or gear, it’s accessible to nearly everybody. All you need is the ability to float and some swimwear!
Full body Workout
Swimming uses all the muscles in your body, from the neck to feet, and depending on the stroke those muscles can be tested. Even the relaxing back stroke of butterfly is a full body work out. If you want a more vigorous workout then try increasing the speed of test yourself with the butterfly
Destress and Relax
There is something very relaxing about being in water so no matter what live problems are stressing you out swimming regularly can lower stress levels, reduce anxiety and depression, and improve sleep patterns.
Water supports up to 90 per cent of the body’s weight. Therefore swimming is a very popular sport for people suffering from sports injuries, or indeed any injuries. If it’s shin splints, tennis elbow, sprained joint, or even long term injury or illness then no problem, you can still stay active by swimming.
Unless you are trying to swim in a hot bath, you don’t sweat while swimming! Whether in the sea or pool, the water around you is constantly cooling you down. Another plus is that you don’t need to wash any gear after swimming as you’re not sweating or getting dirty (unless your swimming in a mud hole!)
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