1. Promotes Heart Health
Incorporating swimming into your regular exercise routine is a proven way to improve cardiac fitness, according to the American Heart Association.
2. Strengthens your core
Swimming develops core body strength because
it utilizes all the body's muscles simultaneously. Although 70% of a swimmer's effort comes from
the upper body, kickboard and fin workouts can
provide an excellent leg workout.
3. Builds Balance
Swimming builds longer, leaner muscles that complement the shorter, denser muscles that develop during weight training. These "swimmer's muscles" also help boot metabolism to keep calories burning longer.
4. Provides Cross-Training Benefits
Swimming gives your body a break from
higher-impact activities like basketball, running,
and weightlifting. By creating a balanced workout routine, athletes are more likely to avoid injuries
by allowing their bodies time to heal, while not
forgoing daily training sessions.
A heated pool relaxes muscles, increasing
flexibility and enabling important stretching.
Also, after intense lactic acid-building endurance workouts (such as running, cycling or lifting
weights), an easy swim helps flush out toxins, preventing muscle tightness and soreness the
6. Helps With Weight Loss
An hour of vigorous swimming can burn up to 650 calories -- more calories than running or biking. Pair the calorie-burning benefits of pool time with a balanced, healthy diet and watch the pounds whittle away!