50 Ways to Stay Well #10 – Swimming

Swimming is a great workout that’s easy on the joints. Swimming is a great workout because you need to move your whole body against the resistance of the water.

Other health benefits of swimming include:

  • keeps your heart rate up but takes some of the impact stress off your body
  • builds endurance, muscle strength and cardiovascular fitness
  • helps maintain a healthy weight, healthy heart and lungs
  • tones muscles and builds strength
  • provides an all-over body workout, as nearly all of your muscles are used during swimming.

Besides the benefits to the body, swimming is a benefit to the mind. It’s impossible to check your phone or be distracted when you’re in the pool. Swimming is similar to yoga as it involves stretching your muscles and developing a rhythmic breathing pattern which can release mental, emotional and physical stress. Plus, because swimming is so repetitive, it’s highly meditative.

We’re fortunate to have a state of the art aquatic facility here on campus and we can take advantage of the pool before or after work. Your challenge this week is to hit the pool! Try the U of L’s new Aqua Zumba on Thursday nights or hit a lunchtime Aqua Fit class on Mondays and Wednesday from 12:05- 12:50 p,m.

RESOURCES

Max Bell Pool Schedule

City of Lethbridge Pool Schedules

The 4-Week Plan to Swimming Your First Mile

ARTICLES

Health Benefits of Water-based Exercise (Centre for Disease Control & Prevention)

Ten Benefits of Swimming  (Fit And Me )

How swimming improves mental health (swimming.org)

2 Comments

  • Emily March 28, 2017 at 9:42 am

    I often have a swim at weekend with my friend and can’t believe that swimming has so many advantages. Thanks for your sharing.

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    • Rachel March 28, 2017 at 12:29 pm

      It’s a great workout! And actually, the only time I ever leaned out enough to have a six pack was when I added two swim workouts a week to my running schedule!

      Reply

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