New Year’s Resolution To Get In Shape? Here’s Why Swimming Should Be Your Choice

New Year’s Resolution To Get In Shape? Here’s Why Swimming Should Be Your Choice

Why Swimming is my Exercise of Choice

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During the long winter months, especially in colder climates, people tend to procrastiate with their workouts.  It’s hard to motivate to get to the gym, and even harder when the sun goes down prior to the end of the work day, and doesn’t come up in the morning when you would otherwise want to exercise.  Not to mention that going out in frigid temperatures is an additional deterrent to getting to the gym.  Those that are able to find a place to workout, and have the drive and motivation to do so, want the most efficient means of utilizing their exercise time, so as to maximize the time spent working out.  Swimming is the most efficient way to get a full body aerobic and anaerobic workout, and this post gives some great reasons why.

Here is an excerpt from the post:

1. Swimming offers something no other aerobic exercise does: the ability to work your body without harsh impact to your skeletal system. When the body is submerged in water, it automatically becomes lighter. With water all the way to the neck, you only have to bear 10 percent of your own weight. The other 90 percent is handled by the pool. This means that the pool provides an ideal place to work stiff muscles and sore joints, especially if you’re overweight or suffer from arthritis.

2. Swimming is a great way to increase muscular strength and muscle tone. A swimmer is propelling herself through water — a substance about twelve times as dense as air so every kick and every arm stroke becomes a resistance exercise. It’s well known that resistance exercises are the best way to build muscle tone and strength. Swimming has also been shown to improve bone strength — especially in post-menopausal women.

3. Swimming puts the body through a broad range of motion that helps joints and ligaments stay loose and flexible.

4. Since swimming is an aerobic exercise, it serves to strengthen the heart, not only helping it to become larger, but making it more efficient in pumping. This leads to better blood flow throughout your body. Research also shows that aerobic exercise can combat the body’s inflammatory response. The American Heart Association reports that just 30 minutes of exercise per day, such as swimming, can reduce coronary heart disease in women by 30 to 40 percent.

5. Swimming is now recognized as one of the biggest calorie burners around, and it’s great for keeping weight under control. Depending on the stroke and intensity of your swimming, you can burn from 60-150 calories in each 10-minutes of swimming. In addition, your overall cholesterol health will improve as well.

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