Looking for a fun and easy way to kick-start your health this January? Head no further than your local swimming pool! According to our Fareham chiropractor, swimming offers something that no other aerobic exercise does: the ability to work your body without impact to your skeletal system. That’s because when your body is submerged in water, it instantly becomes lighter. Believe it or not, dip yourself in water up to your chest and you only have to bear 10% of your own weight! This means that a pool provides an ideal place to work stiff muscles and sore joints, especially if you’re overweight or suffer from back pain.
But that’s not the only benefit of swimming. Ever seen a chubby dolphin or a weak-looking professional swimmer? Thought not! That’s because swimming is a fantastic way to strengthen your muscles and increase your muscle tone. You may think of swimming as a relatively easy exercise compared to the likes of running or jogging, but every kick and every arm stroke in the pool becomes a resistance exercise – one of the best ways to build muscle tone and strength.
Seriously, if you want to give your body a good all over workout, start swimming! Whereas exercise machines at the gym often isolate one part of the body at a time, doing a few lengths in the pool puts the body through a broad range of motion that helps keep joints and ligaments loose and flexible. And of course, with every stroke, as you reach forward, you lengthen your body, which not only makes it more efficient in the water, but also helps give you a good stretch from head to toe.
If you think about the main goals of any fitness regime – to lose weight, improve fitness and build muscles – there are few exercises that tick all the boxes as well as swimming.