Pools can be used for a lot more than soaking up the sun and avoiding the heat on a hot summer day. For many people, the thought of swimming laps in a pool is far outside their comfort zone, but it shouldn’t be.
Swimming laps isn’t just for water polo players, swimmers and triathletes. Anyone that has access to a pool can swim a few laps and reap the benefits of a calorie burning total-body work out.
We have provided a list of three awesome reasons why swimming is for everyone, no matter what time of the year.
Swimming is great for cross training. There is very little impact on your joints and it also stretches your body as you swim- something we don’t get enough of. Swimming is a different workout from anything you will experience in the gym and it’s a great way to target muscles that are usually neglected.
If you are runner or weight lifter, swimming is a great low-impact workout to give your muscles and joints a break from the stress that is put on them each day.
Swimming is an excellent aerobic exercise. It forces your body into a breathing pattern by being face down in a pool. This forces your heart and lungs to process oxygen more efficiently and in return your heart muscle grows stronger.
Endurance and Core Strength
Swimming can help with endurance in other areas of physical activity such as running and biking. Swimming also helps establish better breathing patterns for other sports.
It is estimated that somewhere between 75 and 85 percent of all Americans will experience some form of back pain during their lifetime. Lower back pain is associated with having a weak core. Swimming helps strengthen your core because you use it to maintain balance while swimming laps.
It is never too late to try something new! Go ahead and take a dive into the pool.
We offer frogman classes for teens and adults looking to get into great shape, in and out of the water.