Swimming is something I have enjoyed since childhood. A few years ago my doctor recommended that I use swimming as therapy because of fatigue and pain in my legs. I have only been in the water 3 times since then, but I found that water does indeed have therapeutic benefits.
Swimming is the third most popular sports activity in America. According to the U.S. Centers for disease control, and Prevention, swimming is more than just a fun activity, because water therapy is beneficial both mentally and physically for children as well as adults.
While in Virginia Beach, at the Splash Valley Water park in Roanoke, and recently the Franklin County Community Beach, I realized how truly therapeutic water activities can be. I found, that I was lighter in the water, so in addition to swimming, I did leg lifts, and squats. I was surprised and pleased, not to experience the pain I a accustomed to when exercising on land.
Studies show that swimming may improve lung capacity, strength and flexibility. This is because 90% of our bodies are under water, and buoyant. Exercising in the water helps to disperse body. This keeps us from overeating.
A number of physical therapists, as well as physicians recommend swimming to their patients. Getting in the water has been shown to help medical conditions and swimming is being recommended after surgery. Those who have need of braces, a wheelchair or crutches, will find they often are not a necessity, while in the water.
A family friend, Minister Gary Kasey, who is currently wheelchair bound, because of cerebral palsy, swims at the gym at least once a week. Both his doctor and physical therapist recommended this as part of his therapy. Gary has said the water activities help ease pain, and prevent spastic movement.
Swimming is fun, burns calories, and cools us down on a hot day. The mental and physical, therapeutic health benefits are an added bonus. If you do not swim, you can still enjoy the water, and exercise. You will still reap the benefits