Every type of exercise has its selling points. But swimming is unlike any other aerobic workout in a few important ways.
First, the fact that you’re submerged in water means your bones and muscles are somewhat unshackled from the constraints of gravity. This makes swimming the ideal exercise for people with osteoarthritis, for whom weight-bearing exercise can be excruciatingly painful
The coolness and buoyancy of water are also appealing to people who are overweight or obese, for whom load-bearing aerobic exercises like running may be too hot or uncomfortable.
But don’t be fooled; your body is working hard when you’re in the pool. Water is denser than air, so moving through H2O puts more external pressure on your limbs than out-of-water training.
Swimming fires up more of your body’s major muscle groups than other forms of cardio exercise. If you think about running or biking, you’re mostly using your lower body. Swimming not only engages your legs, but also recruits your upper body and core—especially your lats, the muscles of your middle back, and triceps, the backs of your upper arms.
Finally, your back benefits. Working out in a horizontal pose may be an ideal way to counteract all the time you spend hunched over a desk or steering wheel. There’s no hard impact on your back like there is with running, and instead of being bent forward like you would be on a bike, your back tends to be arched slightly in the opposite direction. That may help improve your posture and prevent the back injuries and pain that stem from long stretches of sedentary time.
Swimming lessons for adults aren’t just great for your physical health; they’re great for your mental health too! The pool is one of the few places where adults can unplug from all technological devices and relax. Whether you’re simply floating or swimming laps, swimming is proven to release tension and stress.
For more information on Pro Aquatics Academy, contact us and schedule your private/semi-private swimming lessons today.