Oct 23, 2013

{Fit and Strong Day 23}: Stronger Through Swimming

If you've been reading my blog for a time, you probably know that I have only started learning to swim earlier this year.  If you're an adult, regardless of age, and still don't know this skill, it is never too late to learn.  Seriously.

Swimming is a great total body workout that is gentle on the joints.  Buoyancy absorbs some of the impact and you'll find that it is very relaxing and cool.  At least you don't get to notice the sweat and feel hot and icky because you're all dripping with pool or sea water.  Of course, if you have fear of drowning, like me, it takes time to relax and gather my wits.  I managed to learn the basics somehow, but like any skill, this needs a lot of practice hours to really master.  

Whether a newbie like me, or a seasoned swimmer, we could all benefit from this activity.  Here are some of the great things about swimming.

Some Benefits of Swimming:
  • It is a good aerobic workout and it builds endurance.
  • The body is lighter in water, hence, less burden of weight for the joints.  This is particularly helpful for those who are overweight or have joint problems.
  • It is a resistance exercise.  You only have to drag your arm across the water to know what kind of resistance the water offers.  With good swimming form, this resistance tones up and strengthens the muscles.  
  • It's a great stress reliever.  Dipping alone in the water does that.  With a swim workout, it's a feel-good thing, the kind of rush you feel in running, minus all the sweat.
  • It improves flexibility, body coordination, and balance.
  • Strengthens the lungs as you learn to breathe properly in the water.
  • Promotes a healthier heart.
  • Burns calories, therefore it aids in weight loss.

So, put on those suit, swim caps and goggles.  Stroke....kick....breathe....


This is Day 23 of Steps to Fit and Strong series.



2 comments:

  1. Hmmmm.. I think it is not too late to learn how to swim pa d ba? I can consider by next year.. hehehe

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  2. It is never too late sis. I have seen in the internet that there are even senior adults who try to learn this.

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