Swimming as Exercise

Pools are great for general recreation and spending time with family or friends, but there is also an added benefit of getting in your daily exercise! 

Even lightly swimming in a pool acts as a full body workout, and the water allows for little to no impact on joints.  This helps to protect from injuries while enjoying a fun and fantastic way to stay active!

According to the CDC, swimming is the fourth most popular sports activity in the US.

It’s Aerobic!

Swimming is a great way to get your regular aerobic activity. Just two and a half hour per week can decrease the risk of chronic illness and can also lead to improved health for those with diabetes and heart disease.

It’s Low Impact!

Water-based exercise can help people with arthritis improve the use of their arthritic joints without worsening symptoms. Water-based exercise can also improve the use of affected joints and decrease pain from osteoarthritis.

It’s Feels Great!

Swimming can improve mood in both men and women. For people with fibromyalgia, swimming can decrease anxiety, and exercise therapy in warm water can decrease depression and improve mood. Water-based exercise can improve the health of pregnant people and has a positive effect on the pregnant person’s mental health.

Benefits Everyone!

Exercising in water offers many physical and mental health benefits and is a good choice for anyone who wants to be more active.

When in the water, remember to protect yourself and others from illness and injury by practicing healthy and safe swimming behaviors.

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Information gathered from: CDC.gov. Health Benefits of Swimming. https://www.cdc.gov/healthywater/swimming/swimmers/health_benefits_water_exercise.html. 6/14/2022

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