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Health Benefits of Swimming

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Health Benefits of Swimming

Swimming to Better Health

With the summer heat here to stay, you may find yourself hitting the pool or lake to help you cool down. Along with being a fun summer activity, swimming can also help support various areas of your health! Here’s what you should know.

Supports Your Cardiovascular Health

As a form of aerobic activity, swimming is excellent when it comes to supporting the health of your heart. Going for a dip can prove the following health benefits:

  • Makes your heart larger, making it more efficient
  • Reduces risk of coronary heart disease by 30-40%
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Raises HDL (good cholesterol) levels
  • Keeps cells lining your arteries flexible

Engages Almost Every Major Muscle Group

Going for a swim is also an excellent way to work out your entire body from head to toe! When actively swimming, you are able to engage and strengthen the following muscle groups:

  • Core muscles
  • Upper and lower back muscles
  • Shoulders and deltoids
  • Pectoral muscles
  • Calves
  • Biceps
  • Forearm muscles
  • Triceps
  • Glutes
  • Hamstrings
  • Quads
  • Hip flexor muscles

To make sure you’re getting the most out of your swim workout, try some of these strokes:

  • Backstroke
  • Breaststroke
  • Butterfly
  • Sidestroke

Gentle on Your Joints

Swimming is also an excellent low-impact exercise that helps to build up muscle strength without added stress being placed on your joints. This is because the buoyancy of the water allows your body to move freely and with fluidity, supporting your body weight for you.

Along with strengthening your muscles, swimming also helps to improve your range of motion and supports flexibility.

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