In Florida, we don’t have to look far to find a good place to exercise. Most likely, there’s a pool in your backyard or around the corner.
So what are some of the benefits of swimming? The Centers for Disease Control says,"Swimming is the third most popular sports activity in the United States and is a good way to get regular aerobic activity. Just two-and-a-half hours per week of aerobic activity, such as swimming, biking or running, can reduce the risk of chronic illness. This can also lead to improved health for people with diabetes and heart disease. Swimmers have about half the risk of death compared with inactive people."
Other benefits of exercising in the water are:
- You can exercise longer without increased joint or muscle pain.
- For people with arthritis, it improves the range of motion of affected joints and decreases pain.
- Swimming is low impact, so it doesn't strain your lower joints as intensely as running and walking.
- It's good for your lungs.
- Swimming is relaxing and can be a form of stress relief.
- It promotes recovery post-back surgery.
Nicola V Hawkins, who is a nurse practioner, says, " Swimming incorporates your arms and legs, giving you a total body workout in an almost weightless environment. The water will support your body weight, so your back won't be carrying as much weight as you work out."
My 86-year-old mother swims and does water-based exercises daily in her condo pool. She likes to swim in the early evening when the water is warm and the sun isn't as bright. I like swimming laps in my health club pool once a week. I can really build up a sweat!
Most health clubs have pools. So do condo buildings, YMCA's and community centers. I am sure there's a pool near you!
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