Inflate your favorite float, change into your swimsuit and lather on mineral sunscreen, because swimming season it back in the Valley of the Sun! You may also choose to lounge by the water with a good book and an ice-cold lemonade. What is really good for your health, though, is getting in the water.
To maintain health, people need 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity, or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity aerobic activity. That’s according to the American Heart Association (AHA).
Swimming benefits your heart by improving cardiorespiratory endurance. This is a measurement of how well your heart, lungs, and circulatory system work together during exercise. It can also positively impact body composition, energy levels, and risk for chronic disease. Of course, the benefits of swimming don’t stop there.
Here are four reasons to get in the water this summer.
#1. Swimming counts as a full-body workout
Unlike other aerobic workouts, swimming engages both upper- and lower-body muscles, along with increasing your heart rate. That is true regardless of whether you prefer water aerobics or swimming laps. Water is denser than air, so naturally, the “external pressure is higher.” That is according to a 2016 study that evaluated the influence of physical activity on the development of the respiratory system. Get in the water for 30-minutes three times a week to improve your metabolic rate and ultimately meet your goals.
#2. Swimming can boost overall happiness
Busy family lives, demanding careers, and rush-hour traffic can leave the best of us stressed. One of the best methods for counterbalancing life’s daily stressors is to find an exercise you love and that you see yourself sticking to such as swimming. Like other aerobic exercise, swimming reduces the body’s production of stress hormones, adrenaline and cortisol. It also promotes the release of mood boosting endorphins. Swimming requires rhythmic breathing, making it a good meditative practice, too.
#3. Swimming is a great way to get fit
Just 30-minutes, several times a week, alongside a healthy meal plan can steadily influence the development of a swimmer’s physique. Experts also recommend incorporating strength training two to three times a week. You can find aquatic dumbbells online. With swimming, you’ll meet the AHA’s workout recommendations for moderate- and vigorous-intensity aerobic activities, which will help you reach your fitness goals. This requires a commitment of diet and exercise as well.
#4. Swimming is a low-impact sport
Running, boxing, and high-intensity interval training (HIIT) all have one thing in common – impact. This can, overtime, take a toll on your joints. There have been reports of hip flexor strains in runners, wrist soreness in boxers, and knee pain in HIIT enthusiasts. The properties of water, like buoyancy, ensure water aerobics and swimming laps are incredibly low-impact. That means you can get in the water, as often as you’d like, without worrying about injuring yourself.
Ready to get in the water this summer? Platinum Pools and Spas is recognized as one of Arizona’s premier pool contractors. We are known for contracting with Valley residents and home builders to construct custom-designed swimming pools and spas. Our sales staff can provide you with information on pricing and financing when you contact us at (480) 888-9200.