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Learn the Many Benefits of Swimming for Exercise

James Ashner | Jul 19, 2018 9:34:22 AM

 

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Swimming is a great form of exercise for people of all ages, providing many benefits with a low-impact, total body workout. Whether swimming for recreation or as prescribed therapy, exercising in the water offers many benefits to improve and maintain a healthy body.  Swimming provides a total body workout with aerobic and cardio activity while also improving flexibility and strength.  

Low-Impact Workout

Unlike exercising on land, exercising in the water offers many benefits with a low-impact workout.  The buoyancy of the water helps to offset gravity to support your body during exercise which relieves pressure on joints, muscles and ligaments.  The water cushions weight bearing joints, reducing sore muscles, stress fractures and potential injury that can occur when exercising on the ground.

Swimming Helps Arthritis and Chronic Conditions

Swimming as a form of low-impact exercise is often prescribed for people suffering from joint or back pain and chronic conditions such as arthritis.  Water therapy helps to alleviate symptoms of arthritis and is even shown to slow down the progression of the disease.  Hydrotherapy is recommended for people suffering from rheumatoid and juvenile arthritis, offering low-impact physical activity which contributes to less pain and possible remission in some patients.

Swimming also provides benefits to diabetes patients, helping to control high blood sugar and cholesterol with a safe, low-impact workout.  Swimming provides valuable aerobic activity to people who suffer from diabetes, high cholesterol and high blood sugar.

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Swimming Improves Mental Health

Swimming has been shown to improve the mental health of both women and men to improve mood, lessen anxiety and decrease depression.  Pregnant women benefit from warm water therapy, which is also beneficial for children diagnosed with developmental disabilities and disorders.  Swimming just makes us feel good, no matter your gender or age.

 

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Top 5 Moves to Splash Your Way to a Sculpted Body

James Ashner | Jul 30, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Top 5 Moves to Splash Your Way to a Sculpted Body

Exercising in the water is a great way to burn calories and sculpt your body with resistance movements that are low-impact and easy on joints but highly effective for building endurance and toning muscles.   

Practice the following exercises two to three times per week to have fun in the water while sculpting and toning, and burn up to 100 calories in just 10 minutes!  

 Always Warm Up First

 Start by jogging in place in the water at least waist deep  up to your chest, jog in place for at least 30 seconds to get your joints moving, and slowly bring up your heartrate.  If the following movements are too easy, add some water weights to increase the intensity and calorie burning movements. 

  1. Squat and Jump

In the shallow end of the water, submerged about  waist high, squat down with your arms outstretched, then jump straight up raising your arms overhead.   As this move gets easier with repetition, you can add water  weights or paddles  for increased intensity.

  

  1. Outer Thigh Leg Lift

Stand next to the side holding onto the wall in at least waist high water, and lift your right leg straight out to the side, then return to a standing position, and repeat.  Do twenty reps with each leg. 

  1. Elbow to Knee Twist

Stand in shallow water, and raise your left knee towards your right elbow, bending at the waist.  Alternate side to side doing at least twenty reps at a time.

  1. Scissor Move

Stand with one leg in front of the other in a lunge position, then jump and switch leg positions making a scissor kick move.  Move your arms up and down while switching positions, using water gloves, band buoys or water paddles to increase intensity.   

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Benefits of Exercising in the Water

James Ashner | Jul 12, 2017 6:44:14 PM

Benefits of Exercising in the Water

The Center for Disease Control (CDC), recommends at least 2.5 hours per week of aerobic activity, which includes swimming that comes with many benefits in addition to getting your weekly aerobic exercise.  Exercising in the water not only gives you recommended physical activity, it offers several benefits including a resistance to developing chronic illness and diseases, and therapy treatment for those with conditions such as joint pain and arthritis.

Water Exercising Can Help Chronic Illness

Exercising in the water can help improve the health of people with chronic illness such as arthritis and joint pain, and can decrease pain from diseases such as osteoarthritis.   Swimmers young and old benefit from water activity, as the buoyancy in the water provides a safe environment for exercising joints and limbs. 

 


Buoyancy for Low-Impact Exercising

The buoyancy of water offsets the effects of gravity, supporting your body weight for low-impact exercising.   Unlike land exercises, water aerobics is easy on the joints, muscles and ligaments.  Water cushions weight bearing joints, reducing muscle soreness, stress fractures & potential injury. 

Pool Exercises for Arthritis Therapy

Hydrotherapy improves affected joints and symptoms in people with arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and juvenile arthritis.  Swimming is a very important part of a therapy program for those affected with arthritis, inflammation or rheumatic disease.  The Center for Disease Control (CDC) reports that patients with rheumatoid arthritis have more beneficial health improvements after hydrotherapy than with other therapy activites.  

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