BE KIND Wellness Wednesday – Benefits of Swimming

Happy Wellness Wednesday!

Wellness Wednesday emails are designed to provide you with simple tools, information, and resources to encourage positive and healthy lifestyle choices. As a proud recipient of The Healthy Arizona Worksite Award, The Be Kind People Project is committed to the health and wellness of its employees, friends, and family.

Testing the Waters!

Swimming is the fourth most popular sports activity in the United States and an excellent way to get regular aerobic physical exercise. It provides individuals with an easy yet effective way to get in their physical activity.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that just two and a half hours per week of aerobic physical activity, such as swimming, bicycling, or running, can decrease the risk of chronic illnesses. Plus, exercising in water puts less strain on the body, which can help you work out longer!

Diving Deeper

Swimming provides excellent aerobic exercise that can improve overall physical and mental health, and it is also a fun way to get in your workout! Swimming has also been related to lower stress and improved moods.

A sporty swim

Swimming in your backyard pool or local swimming pool is a great way to get exercise. However, there are a plethora of water sports that can help you get active. A few of the most common watersports are surfing, synchronized swimming, and synchronized diving.

  • Surfing is one of the most popular water sports in the world. Surfers catch the ocean, river, and even artificial waves where there are waves to ride. Balance is required for surfing which provides great posture and helps maintain physical activity.
  • Synchronized swimming is a combination of swimming, dance, and gymnastics. Synchronized swimming requires endurance, strength, and control.
  • Synchronized diving is another great way of getting aerobic exercise.

There are many different ways you can utilize swimming to improve your health; what is most important is creating a healthy relationship with physical activity, and the rest will follow!

Just Add Water

Swimming is a great way to become active because it provides an easy and effective full-body workout. Here are some of the benefits:

  • Keeps your heart rate up and takes some impact stress off your body
  • Builds endurance, muscle strength, and cardiovascular fitness
  • Helps you maintain a healthy weight, healthy heart, and lungs
  • Tones muscles and builds strength
  • Provides an all-over body workout, as nearly all your muscles are used during swimming

Just keep swimming!

Swimming is a great way to stay fit while having fun while doing it! There are all kinds of ways to engage in swimming, and it is essential to do what is fun and easy for you. Try a butterfly stroke or synchronized swimming class today!

Authors Note: Creating an easy and effective routine can be tricky, but I promise swimming is the quickest and easiest way to stay fit and create long-lasting relationships!

Published on November 10, 2021
By Maria Kirley, School Wellness Programs & Events Intern

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