Who finds themselves at the pool or the lake every weekend to escape the hot Nashville heat? We most definitely do at Vibrance! Swimming is incredibly refreshing and a must in the summer time. As an added bonus, swimming is also a great form of exercise and very beneficial for the body.
Here are three more reasons to add swimming to your list of summer to do’s (if it’s not on there already).
1) Good for Your Joints
Swimming is one of the best low impact forms of aerobic exercise. Because swimming doesn’t place intense pressure on your joints, it reduces the stress on joints that you could otherwise experience while running or doing other high impact workouts. Plus, the low stress can help your body handle a longer workout.
Not only does swimming reduce stress on the body, but it also builds up your muscles around the joints to help make you stronger. If you suffer from regular joint pain, are recovering from an injury, or have arthritis or osteoporosis, than swimming is really one of the best forms of exercise for you. It allows you to exercise regularly without being in pain. And, water has a very calming and soothing affect on your joints and muscles, which is an added bonus.
2) Boosts Your Mood
Studies have actually shown that water-based exercise like swimming can reduce depression and improve your mood. As we know, exercise in general releases endorphins, which significantly give a boost to your mood. Swimming is a smooth form of exercise that requires you to stretch and lengthen the body, while also following a certain breathing cycle. The overall repetitive nature of swimming has been shown to have a relaxing and calming effect on the mind similar to when one practices yoga.
3) Works the Entire Body
The great thing about swimming is that it works all of your muscles. In order to swim laps and keep your body afloat through the water, you have to use all of your muscles. From your abs, to your legs, arms, shoulders, and feet, all major areas of the body are working. Not to mention, swimming is beneficial for your heart and lungs. Also, because of the range of motion used to swim, your flexibility will improve with regular swimming workouts.
You really can’t go wrong with a good workout in the pool. If swimming isn’t part of your exercise routine, maybe try adding it this summer. It will feel amazing in the heat and help your entire body get leaner and stronger!