Swimming for Exercise

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Swimming is often a summertime favorite for children, but it’s also a great form of exercise for individuals of all ages. What sets swimming apart from other workouts?

  • It’s low impact, which is ideal for anyone with overworked or injured joints.
  • It’s a form of resistance training that strengthens muscles all over your body, especially your core.
  • It’s an aerobic exercise, strengthening your heart and improving lung efficiency.

If you’re a novice swimmer, start slowly to build up how long and far you’re able to swim.

 

Training

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While building muscles is a common fitness goal, it’s not what every person needs or wants. Many people find that endurance training is more up their alley. Both strength and endurance training boast health benefits, but concentrating on one type may be more beneficial for you based on your needs or goals.

bigstock-Running-sport--trail-runners--47575639Endurance training, or aerobic exercise, is any physical activity that works large muscle groups and uses more oxygen than while resting. The goal of aerobic exercise is to increase cardiovascular endurance. Examples of aerobic exercise include aerobics, cycling, swimming, running, walking, hiking and fast-paced sports like tennis and soccer.

Personal trainer helping woman at gymStrength training is designed to firm, strengthen and tone your muscles, as well as to improve balance, coordination and bone strength. Strength training is also called resistance training or anaerobic exercise, and includes body weight exercises (pushups, pull-ups, and crunches), free weights, weight machines and resistance tubing.

Depending on your fitness goals, you may want to focus more heavily on one type of training. However, a balance of the different styles is recommended for optimal health benefits and fitness level.