The way we workout is a personal choice. Some people love running out on an open path, others can bike all day long, some swear by their Pilates class, while Zumba may be the first choice for others. Since it’s a preference, is it possible to crown the best exercise out there? We say ‘yes!’ and that the #1 choice for physical exercise is… swimming! Let us tell you why and we’re sure you’ll agree.
Open for All Fitness Levels
Aside from knowing how, there is no barrier of entry to begin a swimming regimen. Since it’s a self-paced exercise, you control the level of difficulty, speed and effort according to your ability.
Exercises on dry land can be hard on your joints. Think about the shock your ankles, knees and hips have to absorb each time you step while running. In a pool, there is no impact on your joints and, in fact, the buoyancy the water provides lightens your body weight load, allowing you to carry yourself easier and further.
The resistance provided by the water is just enough to build muscle strength. Stronger bodies lead to healthier bones and better balance, reducing the risk of falls and fractures. You can also increase intensity by using webbed aquatic gloves.
Swimming is not only a muscle building exercise, but also stellar for heart health. As you build on endurance during your swims, your heart rate increases building on your cardiovascular strength. A stronger heart means less fatigue during daily activities and less risk of cardiac conditions.
Little to No Equipment
Once you have access to a pool, what more do you actually need – just a suit and goggles. That’s it! No special shoes, no fancy bike or other contraptions.
So, have we convinced you that swimming is the #1 exercise choice? Even if not, we hope you’ll consider adding some laps to your fitness regimen for all the reasons above. If you do, let us know! We’d love to hear your thoughts.