Swimming is not only a popular sport but a great way to stay active, healthy and have fun! It’s a healthy, low-impact activity that’s beneficial for all ages. An hour of swimming can be just as helpful as running and easier on the bones and joints.
Health Benefits of Swimming
Swimming is an exercise that activates the whole body! As you move through the water, you’re able to build endurance, muscle strength, and cardiovascular resistance- without stressing the body. This is a great all-around workout also to maintain a healthy weight, heart, and lungs. With almost all of your muscles being activated during swimming, this workout is beneficial for everyone.
Types of Strokes in Swimming
By using different types of strokes during your swimming workout, you can focus on other muscle groups. Some basic strokes you can use include:
- Breaststroke: This stroke is executed by starting in a prone position with a coordinating kick. The legs are brought forward with the knees together; feet are turned out with a backward sweeping motion of the arms.
- Backstroke: Start on your back and alternatively lift your arms out of the water in a backward motion, followed by legs extended and kicking.
- Sidestroke: This stroke is similar to breaststroke—however, you alternate sides with this stroke.
- Butterfly: Perform this stroke on the chest, with both arms moving symmetrically accompanied with a butterfly kick.
However, no matter what stroke you choose, the water resistance will still push your body for a full-body workout.
Additional Health Benefits of Swimming
Going for a swim has tremendous physical benefits, but it also has mental and preventative benefits. Scheduling in a few laps can be a great way to unwind and is a great way to find peace and alleviate stress. The resistance against the water trains the body to improve coordination, balance, posture, and flexibility. It’s also a type of exercise that’s low impact, meaning no hard pressure on joints, which can provide great intense impact therapy for injuries. Finally, swimming is accessible in many places! This exercise is a great way to cool down on a hot day, from swimming pools to beaches.
Safe For Everyone
Swimming is an exercise that can be safe for everyone. People who have arthritis, asthma, or other physical injuries can benefit and improve their health. In addition, swimming is a great aerobic workout for women who are pregnant and children. Remember to talk to your doctor before starting any new exercise programs with your related condition or are pregnant.
Swimming at Fit Athletic Club
Try your next swimming workout at Fit! All of our locations have premium amenities and water access for you to practice your swimming strokes. With our Little Italy and East Village locations, you can experience an elevated pool with cabanas for lounging in aftward. Fit Solana Beach has beach access for members to share ocean swimming. In addition, Fit Carmel Mountain and Mission Beach include an Olympic-sized swimming pool for swimming exercises, swimming lessons, and pool parties for kids!
Swimming is easy to incorporate into your workout routine at Fit. Sign up for your membership here to experience the benefits of swimmings!