Can't Stand The Heat? Start Swimming And Gain The Benefits!

By: Natasha Mahesh, 2016-05-16 12:04:21.0Category:  Awareness
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    1. It turns back the clock: Indiana University found that regular swimmers are biologically 20 years younger than their actual age. This is because swimming affects your blood pressure, cholesterol levels, central nervous system health, cardiovascular performance, cognitive functioning, muscle mass, and blood chemistry.
    2. It builds a slim physique: Swimming gives you both cardio and resistance training, which leads to lean muscle build and a boost in your metabolism. While lifting weights shortens your muscles and tends to make you thick and stalky, swimming puts your body through a range of movements that makes your muscles long and flexible.
    3. It tones muscles: Most people turn to dumbbells when they want to tone up, but the real secret may lie in your local pool. Water is 12 times as dense as air, so as you swim, you’re actually fighting water resistance, which has a similar effect on the body as using light weights on a resistance machine at the gym. Plus, since you’re completely immersed in the water, you’re entire body will benefit from the resistance and you won’t have to worry about counting or equalizing repetitions.
    4. It’s easy on your joints: If you have a family history of osteoarthritis or suffer from knee or hip pain, you’ll want to avoid high impact exercises like running and stick to the pool. In addition, if you’re recovering from an injury and want to build up your strength swimming is the exercise for you. Plus, since swimming is notably easier on your body you can swim at a higher intensity, for longer, and more often, without feeling the wear and tear on your body that you’ll notice if you repeatedly push your body at the gym or on the trails.
    5. It’s great for your lungs: When you’re underwater your body adapts to use oxygen more efficiently. It takes in more fresh air with every breath and gets rid of more carbon dioxide with every exhalation. When your body learns to breathe more efficiently you’ll enjoy a lower resting heart rate and blood pressure. This helps in reducing asthma symptoms.
    6. It improves your flexibility: A heated pool relaxes your muscles and increases flexibility.

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