Can’t Swim? Top 4 Reasons Why You Need To Learn!
Why on earth should you bother to learn to swim at your age?
Because swimming is one of the best, low impact ways to get your whole body into gear. It works practically all of the muscles in the body and can develop strength, cardiovascular fitness and endurance. What’s more, this healthy activity can be practiced for a lifetime, as it is a great form of fitness for all ages.
So what exactly are the benefits of swimming? Here’s why:
1.) Easy on the Body
Swimming is a good fitness choice for just about everyone, especially those who have physical limitations or who find other forms of exercise painful. It is a good, whole-body exercise that has low impact for people with arthritis, musculoskeletal, or weight limitations.
Water’s buoyancy accommodates the unfit as well as the fit. Water cushions stiff joints or fragile bones that might be injured by the impact of land exercises. When immersed to the waist, your body bears just 50% of its weight; immersed to the chest, it’s 25%-35%; and to the neck, 10%.
Athletes use water to rehabilitate after injury or to cross-train. People with arthritis or other disabilities use water to improve fitness and range of motion and to relieve pain and stiffness.
2.) Increased Muscle Tone & Strength
Swimming recruits all the major muscle groups, including the shoulders, back, abdominals, legs, hips, and glutes. And because water affords 12 times the resistance as air in every direction, it really helps to build strength.
3.) Asthma Friendly
Swimming is also desirable for people with exercise-induced asthma, as the warm, humid air [around the pool] causes…