Did you ever think a game of “Marco Polo” could improve your cardio health? Well, believe it or not, it does. Any activity or exercise you do in the pool is a step towards better cardio health. The great part about swimming is anyone can do it. Even if you are not an accomplished swimmer, just getting in and moving around makes a huge difference.
The cardiovascular system responds beautifully to swimming. The buoyancy of the body combined with the constant resistance of the water is a continuous workout. It improves your blood flow, and by losing fat, eases the stress on the heart. Over time, you will lose fat and your cholesterol will lower. Both are excellent for the heart. Even the most inactive person can improve their cardiovascular system in a short time. Recently, medicinenet.com stated : “In one study of sedentary middle-aged men and women who did swim training for 12 weeks, maximal oxygen consumption improved 10% and stroke volume (the amount of blood pumped with each beat which indicates heart strength) improved as much as 18%.”
Swimming For Your Great Health
The benefits to your heart go beyond what the test results say. Buoyancy adds a whole different dimension to swimming for cardio health. There is less stress on your entire body. No joint stress and less pressure on areas, especially your feet, legs and hips. All of this makes a huge difference on how hard your heart has to work. The water provides resistance that helps increase the effectiveness of your workout. No need to go to aerobics class at the gym, there are tons of water exercise programs available. All include strength training using foam “weights” and exercises that utilize the natural water resistance. Even walking across the shallow end is an effort in comparison to walking out of water. But, the resistance causes you to work harder, burn more calories and thus, improve your overall heart health. And it does it all without pressure and shock on the joints.
Another plus to swimming workouts is that your body doesn’t need to be in shape to start. People who are obese, the elderly, those recovering from injuries or surgery can all start swimming. Physicians who have done surgeries on joints and spine all recommend weeks of swimming as part of the recovery process. Low to no impact on the surgical sites, buoyancy and freedom of movement provides a smooth recovery.
People who are overweight may experience a lot of pain when trying traditional gym exercises. It causes pain to their already pressured muscles, bones and joints. Swimming is a gateway exercise. It provides the exercises they need to begin to get the most important part of them healthy, their heart. The amount of trauma to the cardiovascular system by obesity is, at times, a death sentence if a change isn’t made. Before trying the treadmill or elliptical or an aerobics class where most obese people will be set up for failure, swimming should be utilized. The back and joints take the brunt of our daily movements so having no pressure on them is like giving them a break, but still getting the exercise you need.
There is no other low-impact workout that works your cardiovascular system better than swimming. It works for everyone so grab a towel and dive in.