Swimming: A Good Way to Workout?

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For cavemen, swimming probably had more to do with survival than getting exercise, but water skills can serve more than one purpose.

When many people think of swimming, they may picture a leisurely paddle through the water. On the other hand, swimming laps and water-based training activities have several benefits that can produce phenomenal results for your body.

Natural Resistance

Exercising in the water provides natural resistance without the need for weighted objects. According to Bucknell University, exercising in water offers 12 to 14 percent more resistance than exercising on land does. However, your buoyancy in the water will help make the resistance less difficult than if you performed the same moves on land. You will also feel less overheated, since swimming has a natural cooling effect on the body.

Full Body Workout

According to a CNN report, swimming provides a full body workout that improves physical endurance, cardiovascular fitness and muscle conditioning. Swimming is great for toning and working different muscle groups such as the shoulders, arms and legs.

Besides swimming laps, you can get a cardio workout in the water by performing deep water running. With this exercise, you simulate running on the land. However, you are in a depth where you’re unable to touch the floor of the pool. During these types of running drills, flotation devices are utilized.

Surprisingly, swimming is not a high-calorie burning activity. It is considered a low impact exercise that will not overwork the heart. If you’re looking for a workout routine that burns more calories, you may want to consider running or cycling.

Exercise during Injuries

Swimming is a good option when an injury would normally have you sidelined and unable to work out. During rehabilitation for an injury, there are special exercises that can be done in the water. For instance, flexibility stretches in the water helps you regain full range of motion to specific regions of the body.

Water aerobics, stretches and strength exercises can be done with or without specialty equipment. Aquatic dumbbells and waterproof resistance belts can be used to make a workout more challenging, too.

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Pat Cavemen

PAT is the clueless flirt. Hey, every tribe needs one, right? She also enjoys swimming, fishing, eating and taking long romantic walks on the prehistoric beach.

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