For many years, the majority of my exercise routines involved lifting weights and running on a treadmill. I would notice the swimming pool every time I left my gym, but for whatever reason it never crossed my mind to utilize swimming as part of my workout. After doing some research, I decided to implement swimming into my workout regimen and I noticed great results!
The first and maybe most important benefit of swimming is that’s it’s a lot of fun! Working out should be fun, though that can be hard to believe sometime. Running on a treadmill or lifting weights can get repetitive and become a major grind, especially when done almost every day. Swimming will help break up the monotony of your routine and get you excited to workout. Because it is so much fun, it will help you stay motivated to hit the gym on days where you’re not in the mood to workout. Even if you don’t have a pool at your house, many gyms have an indoor pool.
Another great reason to exercise in the pool is it keeps your body cool. How many times have you felt miserably hot while on your 40th minute of a treadmill run? Sometimes the fan or air conditioning just isn’t enough to keep your body temperature down. Swimming feels fantastic and keeps you relatively cool while working out. This is safer and better for your body’s health.
One of the issues a lot of runners seem to have is with their joints. So many runners are constantly trying to find the best way to run without hurting their knees, twisting their ankles, or getting shin splints. They go from concrete to grass, from grass to the treadmill, and sometimes they are still in pain. The great thing about swimming is it gets you the same benefits of running without the aches and pains in the joints. This will enable you to get into better shape, as you’ll workout longer and without downtime for injuries as often. A lot of athletes even use swimming to help them stay in shape while they rehab an injury.
One of the best aspects of working out in the pool is the full-body workout you get. Swimming utilizes so many various muscles in a shorter period of time. Working out the same amount of muscles outside of the pool would require going from machine to machine. Swimming works out your core, upper body, and lower body. Also, you’re getting a great cardiovascular workout at the exact same time that you’re building muscle and getting stronger. For some people, this could cut their workout time in half, as a lot of routines call for weightlifting and cardio in separate sets. Water acts as a resistance for the body, so swimming helps you get stronger, as you’re facing resistance with every movement you make. Swimming also helps with flexibility and people who swim end up being more flexible on average than those who don’t.
Swimming also has many amazing health benefits. Burning a bunch of calories can help you lose weight if weight-loss is one of your goals, and swimming is great for burning calories, especially if you push yourself while in the pool. It’s also a great way to keep your heart healthy, fight off illnesses and diseases, and keep your mood up.
So if you’re bored with your workout routine, have sore joints, or want a more complete full-body workout, maybe a dip in the pool is all you need! You may even end up having a lot of fun while working out, and that’s how working out should be.