When Being in Deep Waters is Good !
With the advent of the new month, we can officially welcome the summers! And like each summer, we’re pretty sure this summer is going to be filled with countless golas, nimbu-paanis and cold drinks, accompanied by an equally disturbing frequency of load shedding. So in our latest post, we present to you the best and the most natural way of beating the heat- swimming.
1. Unique workout for overweight and people with joint pains
Have you ever realized how light you feel when you hit the pool? Swimming offers something no other aerobic exercise does: the ability to work your body without harsh impact to your skeletal system. When the human body is submerged in water, it automatically becomes lighter due to the buoyant force exerted by the water. This means that the pool provides an ideal place to work stiff muscles and sore joints, especially if you’re overweight or suffer from arthritis.
2. Increased Muscle Tone and Strength
We’re pretty sure that you’ll never see a flabby competitive swimmer. That’s because swimming provides a great workout and helps increase muscular strength and muscle tone. A person jogging moves his/her body through air, but swimming involves the same movements in water, which is a hundred times denser than air. No wonder it has all the benefits of resistance training. That’s not all. Swimming has also been shown to improve bone strength in people of all ages.
3. Improved Flexibility
Swimming puts the body through a broad range of motion that helps joints and ligaments stay loose and flexible, unlike exercise machines in gyms that tend to isolate one body part at a time. The arms move in wide arcs, the hips are engaged as the legs scissor through the water, and the head and spine twist from side to side. Plus, with every stroke, as you reach forward, you’re lengthening the body, which acts as a good stretching exercise.
4. A healthier Heart
The best way to avoid fatal illnesses pertaining to the heart is to involve the body in cardiovascular exercise. This is best developed by swimming. Since swimming engages nearly every muscle in the body, it improves blood circulation which helps to scrape away the small layers of cholesterol or other toxins within the blood vessels. Further, swimming tends to engage a large number of calories, per stroke. This includes calories sourced from cholesterol which is the leading cause of heart-related illnesses and elevated blood pressure.
5. An efficient way to fight stress
Swimming is a great away to burn-away the blues. The act of plunging into a pool and splashing through water tends to engage our body and mind. This takes away our preoccupation with troubling thoughts. Being a full-body exercise, swimming has the effects of a high-impact workout at the gym. This induces the release of endorphins, which are the body’s feel-good hormones that help to neutralize that depressive feeling. Further, the buoyant action of the water has a massage-like effect on the body, helping us to relax.
6. Make it a family affair
Swimming and other water activities are something the entire family can share. With rising levels of obesity in children as well as adults, family physical activities and good role-modelling may be one way to stem the epidemic of inactivity and obesity facing our nation. Think about it. You get to relax, rejuvenate your body, burn calories and get to spend more time with your family. What more can one want?
7. Beat the heat
Swimming is the most natural way to beat heat- it just involves you and water. the body absorbs water, which is extremely important in summers since surviving summers is all about staying hydrated. We’re lucky to have swimming pools these days; our ancestors probably had to manage with ponds and watering holes.
It doesn’t matter how you swim, breast stroke, back stroke, diving- they all are acceptable as long as you have fun. What matters is your enthusiasm. With so many health benefits swimming is by far the easiest and most enjoyable form of fitness activity. So go out, buy some swimming gear and head for the pool. Think about it. You get to relax, rejuvenate your body, burn calories, get a cool, beach body and get to spend more time with your family. What more can one want?