People often prefer water-based exercise more than a workout on land. But is swimming a good workout? It sure can be.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, just two and a half hours per week of an aerobic physical activity, such as swimming, can decrease your risk of chronic illnesses. Another aerobic boost of water exercise is that you can exercise longer in water than on land without increased effort or joint or muscle pain.
What makes swimming in particular so beneficial? Here are three ways swimming is a workout that works:
Improves joint use and decreases pain
Swimming improves joint use and decreases pain from osteoarthritis. If you have arthritis, swimming can improve joint movement without worsening your symptoms.
Maintains bone health
A water-based exercise program can improve or maintain bone health, a study of postmenopausal women shows.
Decreases stress and anxiety
Swimming can improve mood in both men and women. For people with fibromyalgia, swimming can decrease anxiety and exercise therapy in warm water can decrease depression and improve mood.
Improvements in health
In addition to the many bone and joint related benefits, swimming can also lead to improved health for those with diabetes and heart disease.
Swimming can be a great option for those who struggle with weight-bearing exercise. Hop in your local pool and try a water aerobics class or swim some easy laps. You might find that swimming is one workout that really works for you!
If you’re experiencing joint pain and want to know more about it along with treatment options that are available at Beaufort Memorial, attend our free monthly Joint Pain and Treatment Class. See the schedule.