The summer is coming to a close, but that doesn’t mean swimming has to! With access to public indoor pools and heated backyard pools, the health benefits from swimming can be accessed year-round. According to researchers, the benefits of swimming extend to all ages-it’s one of the few exercises that will give every person a full-body workout.

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Swimming is usually thought of as a way to cool off during the summer months, but more and more, physical trainers are realizing how much of a great exercise program it can be. Compared to other exercises, aquatic exercise combines strength, flexibility, and cardio to create a routine that benefits your health exponentially.

Exercise your heart

Get your heart rate up and work out your heart muscles with swimming! Because of the muscles used to keep your body floating, swimming is an aerobic exercise that can greatly increase your heart rate. By lowering your blood pressure and bad cholesterol levels, swimming at least three times a week can help guard against all types of cardiovascular disease. 

Tone your muscles

Because water is denser than air, your muscles have to work harder to move throughout the water. Between pulling with your arms, balancing your core, and having to kick your legs, swimming is a great way to engage all of your muscle groups and build strength.

Pro Tip: Going to a public pool can be arduous and inconvenient. With a custom-designed pool in your backyard, you can have the added benefit of a pool house for year-round shade and privacy.

Improve flexibility

Swimming is a water-based exercise, and the low impact of water movement aids in the flexibility of your joints and ligaments. According to Livestrong.org, ninety-percent of your body is buoyant when swimming, which takes the stress off your joints. This is extremely beneficial for athletes who need rehabilitation and for older adults who have had surgical replacements. 

Relieve stress

When you burn calories with any type of physical activity, your brain is stimulated and endorphins are released, which means good hormones are stimulated that make you feel good. This stress-reducing hormone decreases anxiety and improves your mental health for the long term. Some psychiatrists agree that swimming laps could even replace drugs like Prozac in the fight against depression.

Keep Swimming

Whether you need to recover from injuries or stay active with a low-impact exercise, the number of swimming health benefits can vary. No matter what the season, you should definitely incorporate swim training into your life.

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