Swimming for Health & Happiness
Experts recommend adults get 150 minutes of moderate activity or 75 minutes of vigorous activity each week. Swimming is an excellent way to work your entire body and cardiovascular system. An hour of swimming burns almost as many calories as running, without all the impact on your bones and joints. The water creates a natural resistance to movements, and has zero impact on your bones & joints. Swimming is truly one of the best ways to exercise and stay fit, let’s find out how!
Get A Sensational Pool
Swimming is the fourth most popular activity in the United States. Being a custom swimming pool builder means that we design pools to our client’s needs which includes swimming laps or competition swim training. There are a host of benefits you may gain from swimming laps regularly. An important key to a healthier and happier life is to utilize your pool to improve/maintain your health. How and why do we recommend this?
- Works Your Whole Body
One of the biggest benefits of swimming is that it truly works your entire body, head to toe. By simply moving around in the pool water you will see benefits such as;
- builds endurance
- increases your heart rate without stressing your body
- tones muscles
- builds strength
No matter what stroke you swim (breastroke or backstroke) you’re using most of your muscle groups to move your body through the water. Each focuses on different muscle groups, and the water provides a gentle resistance.
- Helps Reduce Pain From Injury Or Arthritis
Swimming can be a safe exercise option for people with and pain and injury or arthritis. Swimming may even help reduce some of your pain or improve your recovery from an injury. One study showed that people with osteoarthritis reported significant reductions in joint pain and stiffness, and experienced less physical limitation after engaging in activities like swimming and cycling.
- Swimming Is Good For People With Asthma.
Pools make swimming a great activity for people with asthma. Not only that, but breathing exercises associated with the sport, like holding your breath, may help you expand your lung capacity and gain control over your breathing. On the other side of the coin, some studies suggest that swimming may increase your risk for asthma because of the chemicals used to treat pools. Talk to your doctor about the potential risks of swimming if you have asthma, and, if possible, look for a Sensational pool that uses salt water instead of chlorine.
- Swimming Burns Calories.
Swimming is an efficient way to burn calories. A 160-pound person burns approximately 423 calories an hour while swimming laps at a low or moderate pace. That same person may burn up to 715 calories an hour swimming at a more vigorous pace. A 200-pound person doing the same activities would burn between 528 and 892 calories an hour. A 240-pound person might burn between 632 and 1,068.
To compare these numbers to other popular low-impact activities, that same 160-pound person would only burn around 314 calories walking at 3.5 miles per hour for 60 minutes. Yoga might burn 183 calories per hour. And the elliptical trainer might burn just 365 calories in that hour.
- Helps Manage Stress
Researchers surveyed a group of swimmers immediately before and after swimming at a YMCA in New Taipei City, Taiwan. Of 101 people surveyed, 44 reported being mildly depressed and feeling stress related to fast-paced life. After swimming, the number of people who still reported feeling stressed decreased to just eight. Swimming is a potentially powerful way to relieve stress quickly.
- Follow Pool Etiquette
When entering and exiting the pool, try to avoid actions that would creates waves or otherwise interfere with other swimmers, like jumping. You may also want to keep your nails and fingernails trimmed to avoid accidentally scratching other swimmer. If you need to pass someone in front of you, do so on the left-hand side. Be safe, healthy and happy.
Here is just one good video we found which shows examples of the specific swimming pool exercise workout routines:
Be sure to track your progress with a good quality waterproof fitness tracker!
So if you are looking for a no-impact full body exercise environment to stay healthy and fit look no further than your own backyard pool! If you do not have a pool yet, you know who to call!
We have found some great exercises that you can do in your pool, check them out on Pinterest:
We build Sensational Pools for the active and leisure lifestyle, if you are looking for a quality swimming pool contractor in San Antonio, TX be sure to give us a call, we will be happy to provide you with a free in home swimming pool construction consultation and estimate for a new custom inground swimming pool.
Sensational Pools, LLC
Swimming Pool Contractor
San Antonio, TX 78230
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