Fitness

Swimming Towards Health

Swimming isn't done just for fun. It's also considered as the most complete workout. What's more, you won't get all sweaty afterwards.

By FRANZ A.D. MORALES
Published: Tuesday, October 15, 2013 | 2:12 PM

Swimming is always fun. Who doesn’t like cooling one’s self down, splashing happily with friends, while enjoying a feeling of weightlessness? But swimming is more than that. It’s a complete workout that has a plethora of health benefits for both young and old.

Swimming for just 30 minutes does more good than running or hitting the gym the same amount of time. Consider, 30 minutes of swimming:

- burns 200 to 350 calories

- boosts metabolism the same way 45 minutes to an hour’s worth of land based exercise does

- reduces blood pressure

- lowers the risk of cancer by strengthening the immune system

- at least once a week, can cut the risk of early death significantly

- increases energy levels

- improves mood and reduces stress, anxiety and depression

Even those at an advanced age can enjoy the benefits of swimming. Especially since swimming is known to reduce the risk of osteoporosis, and type 2 diabetes.

Feeling older than your age suggests? Research shows that swimmers are biologically 20 years younger than their actual age. So instead of resting your tired legs, hitting the pool 30 minutes a day, up to three times a week will make you feel younger, literally.

Those suffering from neck and back pain would be pleased to know that swimming also strengthens the muscles in the back, shoulders, arms, legs, and neck, improving the state of whatever pain ails you. Additionally, swimming can also overcome pains stemming from a herniated disc, pinched nerve and bone spurs.

The benefits of swimming are indeed vast and varied, but as with all things, keep things in moderation. Overdoing your workout can strain your muscles causing more injuries, while swimming without proper stretching beforehand can lead to potential damage.

Before you go out and swim your way to health, it is important to consult with a doctor or physical therapist to ensure that you are not putting yourself at risk for further injury.

If all is right, and you don’t over exert yourself, swimming may be the only form of exercise you’ll ever need.

And you’ll do it all without that sweaty feeling.

Head on down to Waterworks Pasadena today at 2290 East Foothill Blvd., and discover for yourself how to swim for your health.

Visit http://www.waterworksswim.com/pasadena or call (626) 836-1200 for more details.

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