What are the Benefits of Swimming
By Samantha Brown, ATC and Ehren Allen, PT, COMT
What are the Benefits of Swimming?
Swimming and water exercises have many benefits. There are many reasons to consider swimming (Even if you live up north). If you’re thinking of trying water exercises, or aquatic exercises, here are some benefits to consider.
1. Provides a low impact recovery environment for some injuries/conditions.
- The buoyant property of water absorbs some of our body weight, allowing for less stress on the joints during exercise.
- Suitable for individuals with restricted mobility
2. Swimming is a Great form of cardiovascular fitness.
- Swimming laps or walking in the pool is an effective way to increase cardiovascular health.
- Increases heart rate without over-stressing the body
- Improves systolic blood pressure in adults with hypertension
3. Improves Coordination and Proprioception.
- Swimming laps and learning new strokes requires the coordination of the arms, legs, and torso in order to move through the water.
4. Useful for working most muscles of the body.
- The nature of being submerged in water naturally engages the entire body allowing for more comprehensive exercise.
- Builds endurance.
5. Buoyancy and resistance of water may enhance therapeutic exercise.
- The buoyancy of water helps to facilitate movement.
- During strengthening, the resistance of water provides a natural weight to lift and move in any direction.
6. It is suitable for all ages and abilities.
- Swimming allows people to move at their own pace while still providing a challenge for those looking to improve their fitness or regain strength.
7. Provides a variety of exercise options.
- Decreases the amount of repetitive exercise by use of the different strokes and flotation/resistance aids that can be utilized in the water.
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