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Grab Your Goggles and Take the Plunge to Better Health

Swimming is fun. As well as being fun, swimming is a great way to keep fit and make new friends. Getting started in swimming is easy and it is a sport for all age groups, skill and fitness levels.
 
Swimming is a low-impact activity that has many physical and mental health benefits and is a healthy activity that you can continue for a lifetime. First, make sure you know how to swim and do so in a safe environment where there are individuals trained to watch you while you swim.
 
Here are the benefits of swimming on your health. So grab your goggles and enjoy a fun fitness program at your pool.
 
Health benefits of swimming
Swimming is a great workout because you need to move your whole body against the resistance of the water. It is a good all-round activity because it:
  • keeps your heart rate up but takes some of the impact stress off your body
  • builds endurance, muscle strength and cardiovascular fitness
  • helps maintain a healthy weight, healthy heart and lungs
  • tones muscles and builds strength
  • works out nearly all of your muscles.
Swimming has many other benefits including:
  • being a relaxing and peaceful form of exercise
  • alleviating stress
  • improving coordination, balance and posture
  • improving flexibility
  • providing good low-impact therapy for some injuries and conditions
  • providing a pleasant way to cool down on a hot day
  • being available in many places – you can swim in swimming pools, beaches, lakes, dams and rivers.
REMEMBER: Make sure that the environment you choose to swim in is safe.

 

 

Source: betterhealth.gov