Did you know that swimming in a pool can burn twice as many calories as walking, and with less impact on the joints? The water resistance during a swimming session – which is similar to weight training – actually works more muscle groups than any other form of physical activity. Pools can provide a host of cardiovascular and weight training benefits, and they can be especially beneficial to the elderly.
Loss of muscle mass can reduce physical strength. Gradual muscle loss comes with age, and it is further complicated the more sedentary we become. Swimming is a great way to remain active, and it simultaneously works most muscle groups within the body, slowing down muscle loss.
Cartilage lining can deteriorate with age, but swimming can improve joint health. With swimming, most of the stress on joints is eliminated due to the buoyancy of the water.
Bones can also weaken over time. Swimming produces a constant muscle action which can improve bone strength.
Swimming also helps improve heart health and the condition of our blood vessels. We all know that the heart and blood vessels tend to be healthier in a person who exercises, but did you know that swimming can increase heart function and help to reduce plaque within the blood vessels? Losing weight is another great benefit that can come from swimming. Weight loss can also help to improve heart and blood vessel function.