How Swimming Improves Your Health in a Multitude of Ways

poolAre you looking for a new workout that is kinder to your joints? Well, maybe you should give swimming a try! It’s an excellent way for people of all fitness levels, shapes and sizes to get in a good workout. Here’s the skinny on swimming!

Swimming vs. Traditional Workouts

When it comes to swimming there is a very low risk of injury, but some strokes can impact the shoulder and elbow joints. The great thing is that there are lots of strokes to choose from! When you compare swimming to traditional exercise such as running, you will find that running (while still great) has a lot more of an impact on your lower back, feet, knees, hips and legs.

Swimming doesn’t place strain on leg joints, it is excellent for blood circulation and a great way to exercise your entire body. It also increases flexibility and helps to build up your respiratory system as well as your muscle tone.

Calories Burned

A 300 pound person that swims for 30 minutes can burn up to 475 calories. All in just 30 minutes! A 200 pound person that swims moderately for 30 minutes can burn up to 340 calories! That means that you could basically lose a half pound a week by swimming for 30 minutes for 4 days a week without changing your diet.

In America today about two-thirds of adults are overweight or obese. Exercising with added weight can make the strain on bones and joints even more difficult and that is why swimming is the perfect solution!

Diet

If you wanted to use swimming as the cornerstone for losing weight, add a healthy and balanced diet to the mix. Eating whole grains, green leafy vegetables, fruits and low or non-fat diary can help to give your weight loss a kick along with swimming.

Health Benefits

Swimming can help to improve your muscle tone, make your cardiovascular system healthier and improve your flexibility. It also has been found to reduce cholesterol, muscle stiffness, arthritis pain, chronic disease, fibromyalgia and depression. Plus, it will relax muscles and help to flush out toxins that you may have built up during other workouts such as running or cycling. So, you can swim by itself or add it to your routine.

If you need more direction on how or where to get started by adding this exercise to your life, talk to your chiropractor today!

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