Looking for an activity that lets you have fun, relax, and exercise, all at the same time? Swimming is the perfect choice! Take a look at some of the wonderful benefits you can get from this sport:
You use muscles all over your body
“You don’t sit at your desk with your arms over your head,” Walton says. But when you’re in the pool, your arms are all over the place, meaning you need to work your often-neglected lats, deltoids, and traps, he says. And we know you aren’t targeting those when you’re on a bike or pounding the pavement. Plus, since so much of swimming is about staying balanced and level in the water (while both your arms and legs are moving, mind you), swimming helps you develop the deep stabilizing muscles in your core and lower back that women often miss. Source: FitnessMagazine
It’s low impact
With the water supporting your bodyweight, swimming is a great way for anyone to work out without putting stress on your joints.
“It’s the only sport which is completely non weight-bearing so it is really hard to injure yourself in the pool. You can pick up tendonitis in the shoulder areas but that’s really rare, and the injury will be low-grade. I’ve never known any other injuries in the pool, really.” Source: CoachMag
Burns more calories
Everyone knows that swimming is a great way to burn calories, but most don’t realize it can be just as efficient as jumping on the treadmill. Depending on the stroke you choose and your intensity, swimming can burn equal or greater calories than running. Additionally, you don’t have to worry about sweat in your eyes. For example: for 10 minutes of swimming you burn 60 calories with the breast stroke, 80 calories with the backstroke, 100 calories with freestyle, and an impressive 150 with the butterfly stroke. For perspective, running a 10-minute mile burns around 100 calories. Therefore, a strong 30-min butterfly speed session can burn 150 more calories than running a 5K in the same time frame. Source: LifeHack
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