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5 Benefits of Swimming: The Facts on Why It's Good Exercise
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With swimming, you lose weight just by jumping in the water. That alone is a pretty good benefit. But here are some others—a bit more long-lasting. (For example, did you know you won't be as sore the next day? Read on!)
  1. It's a good alternative for strength training: Cup your hands while swimming or use devices such as swim paddles (many are like webbed gloves) to increase resistance.
  2. It provides an aerobic workout for people who find running too jarring on their joints. (Keep in mind: Your heart rate may not reflect intensity the same way it does on land. It can be as much as 17 beats per minute slower, in part due to water's buoyancy and cooling effects.)
  3. It will probably not leave you injured or make your muscles sore because water reduces your weight by over 90 percent.
  4. You can achieve long-term flexibility because you can move your joints through a wider range of motion. (When stretching on land, certain muscles may have to restrict their movement to maintain posture or joint position.)
  5. It's a fun place to feel like a kid again. A water class can leave you surprisingly calm, yet energetic.

newsletter-graphicFrom the American Council on Exercise and ACE exercise physiologist Fabio Comana, M.S., M.A.


Last updated and/or approved: June 2010. Original article appeared in May/June 2008 former print magazine. Bio current as of May 2008. This article is not meant as individual advice. Please see our disclaimer.

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About Swimming
written by Mat Good , May 16, 2012

Thank you for a great article. Swimming really is one of the best activities for relaxation, stress relief and overall well-being. It´s totally OK to just do laps around the pool in a freestyle swimming pattern, but eventually it´s getting dull. I personally love to crab a pool noodle or a buoyant ball and have fun with them. And in terms of exercising, I find that it´s more effective to use pool “toys”. As summer is coming and I really hope I am able to spend more time in the pool and benefit from swimming.
Best Regards
Mat

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Great exercise
written by Fitness Jack , March 09, 2012

Swimming is a great exercise for people with injury issues. As the body is half the weight in the water, it is easy to repair injured muscle or part of the body by exercising those areas in the water.
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Swimmimg is the best form of exercise
written by Marjorie Hutton , November 19, 2011

Swimming is the best form of excercise for everyone especially for those with injuries. Swimming not only leans you out but strengthens your core, tones your body w/particular drills where it isolates certain muscle groups, increases your cardiovascular system, all in the while not damaging your joints and tendons like you do w/weight training.
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Swimming is great for exercise
written by Jon Wade , January 13, 2011

Swimming really is a great way to get fit. Unlike so many other forms of fitness you can train intensively with little impact on the joints. It is not the best way to get fit and certainly not the best way to get tone (weight training is always best) but it is an excellent and healthy way to exercise.
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