During the summer heat, my favorite thing to do is go swimming. Running has never been my thing, and other sports tire me out too quickly, but swimming has greatly benefited me. It’s an activity that everyone can enjoy, and everyone can do based on their own levels, without being judged. At least, I have never experimented judgment from anybody else while I was swimming.
Swimming is a great way to build up endurance. The water helps with your lung function and over time, you will build up endurance. According to an article at Livestrong.com, you will see an increase in stamina after swimming regularly for 20 minutes at a moderate intensity level.
Easy on joints and muscle
When you are in the water, just waist-high, your body is only supporting 50% of your weight, making it easier on joints. Once you’re neck deep in the water, your body according to WebMD is holding up only 10% of your weight. Also, water provides a cushion for stiff joints or delicate frames that could easily be injured from an impact outside of the water. As the water is supporting most of your body-weight, it is also good exercise for people with weak muscles, because the buoyancy of the water will make it easier for people to do things in the water, than with the gravity force out of water. For instance, I have weak leg muscles, so I am not able to do a lunge or any squats on land, however, I am able to do these exercises in a pool.
Can be as little exertion or intense as you want
When you are swimming, you decide how much of a workout you want to get. You can put full intensity into it by swimming laps at a quick speed, or you can take it easy and just splash around in the water. Either way, you are still getting exercise.
Works out entire body
When you are swimming laps in a pool, you are working out your entire body. Your arm muscles are working as you pull yourself forward, and your leg muscles are working to help propel you forward. Through breathing exercises, the lungs are also receiving a worked out. In addition, the water helps to provide resistance for your entire body, so you are constantly working out your muscles in the pool.
Great exercise for people with disabilities
As I mentioned earlier, I cannot do certain things on land that I can do in the swimming pool. This is because of the water buoyancy helping to support muscles that would not normally be strong enough for motions outside the water. Having a disability myself, I can tell you that working out in a swimming pool requires a lot less effort for me, than trying to do anything against gravity. It helps me to work out muscles that I normally would not be able to work out, and I can still get all the benefits with my working muscles as well.