5 Medical/Psychological Conditions That Benefit From Swimming Exercises
Swimming is an excellent exercise for just about anyone. It is easy on the joints and yet strengthens your muscles against the gentle 12resistance of the water.
Swimming has more benefits than just exercising your muscles. Here are five medical and psychological conditions that benefit from swimming exercises:
1. Swimming Benefits The Heart: Swimming is one of the best exercises to do for a person who has heart problems. It gradually increases your heart rate as you swim and does not usually push your heart faster than it should go for a person with heart disease. Swimming is generally considered safe for just about anyone and especially for those who do not want to overdo it. You can swim as fast or as slow as your heart allows. You can wear a heart rate monitor while swimming if you want to reach a target heart rate and don’t want to go over. Talk to your doctor or trainer about what your target heart rate should be. It depends on your age and can be calculated by a trainer or your doctor.
2. Swimming Is Good For Arthritic Conditions: Because you do not pound the pavement while swimming, your joints do not get overstressed when you are swimming. You can strengthen your muscles during swimming activities without putting undue stress on the joints. This helps protect the joints with muscles that will continue to protect the joints after you finish the swimming exercises.
3. Swimming Is Good For Back Conditions: If you have a bad back, swimming might just be the exercise for you. When you do walking or running exercises, you put excess pressure on the vertebrae that just doesn’t happen in swimming exercises. You can use floatation devices that protect your back while you swim with your arms and legs if you really can’t tolerate swimming with your back unprotected. Eventually, your back muscles will be strengthened in swimming so you can ditch the floatation devices and swim on your own. Try doing swim aerobics using devices that keep you upright and yet strengthen the arms and legs, leaving the back relaxed.
4. Swimming Relieves Stress: Swimming is one of the more stress relieving exercises that there is. There is usually no other sound except the movement of your body in the water and the repetitive movements of your extremities are hypnotic. You can easily swim back and forth in the pool with very little thought in your head except for those things you choose to think about. Swimming is a good activity you can do while working out your emotional stressors through the fluid movement of your body in the water. Because swimming is so relaxing, you can come away with a better frame of mind after you finish swimming than you were in before you started your swimming activity. Allow the motion of your body in the water to wash away your worries and leave you relaxed and at peace after you have finished the activity.
5. Swimming Is Good For Those With Depression: Because swimming is a smooth, solitary activity, you can relieve depressive feelings by doing this every day. Swimming can increase your level of physical activity, releasing endorphins that make you feel better and turning around your brain chemistry so that you can begin to relieve some of your depressive symptoms without the use of medications. While swimming may not be able to replace the use of medications in severe depression, it can help you feel better and reduce negative thoughts.
Swimming is a good activity for your emotions, stress and for improving overall physical health. It is easy on the joints and is one of the best activities for those who have heart disease who don’t feel comfortable doing more strenuous activity.