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Swimming : A cardiovascular Workout, and what are its benefits

Swimming, a low aerobic exercise is a very good form of exercise and is suitable for every age group. Swimming is considered to be a healthy and relaxing activity. It helps in toning up your muscles. It simultaneously helps to improve cardiovascular system, muscular strength, flexibility, posture and endurance. The cardiovascular system in particular benefits because swimming improves your body’s use of oxygen without overworking your heart. While swimming, you continuously moving your arms and legs thus upper and lower body strength is improve. About 30 to 60 minutes of exercise at least three days per week is needed.

Health Benefits of Swimming

– It helps to maintain the blood pressure and cholesterol of the body.
– Risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes is decreased.
– Flexibility of the body is increased.
– Swimming after breast surgery is an excellent means of exercising all the major muscle groups.
– Swimming is good for asthma patients.
– Swimming can help pregnant women strengthen their abdominal and shoulder muscles because they are most affected while carrying a baby.
– Being a full body workout, it is an excellent calorie burner and hence good for people craving for weight loss.
– Normalize breathing, cooling mind and stimulating circulation.
– It increases hunger.
– It strengthens ab and back muscles.
– A stronger heart and enhanced physique or figure.
– It improves the capacity and endurance.
– Walking and jogging in water have similar benefits to walking and jogging on land but with lesser injuries.
– Lap swimming can be done using different strokes and is an option for fitness exercise.
– Slow movements are done and held for a period of time after warm up and after each workout.

Bacteria, germs and other disease-causing microorganisms found in ocean water, lakes and chlorinated pools so take precautions while swimming.

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