As a child, and having Cerebral Palsy I wasn’t keen on swimming, primarily because people would constantly stare at me, but swimming is something that everyone can do. It is not age related and it benefits everyone.
Swimming is known for it’s all round aerobic exercise because it works all the major muscle groups and targets all areas of the body. It is also easy to tailor the different strokes to exercise specific parts of the body, depending on the stroke. Because of the constant resistance to the water, swimming is one of the best exercises for improving strength, particularly in the upper body.
It is good for general strength, endurance and cardiovascular fitness. It can also be used as a cross-training element to assist with other workouts.
The more effort we make in the pool as we swim, the more our muscle and heart rate activity is increased. Swimming helps the body cool down after strenuous exercise and allows the muscles to recover quickly. It can also be used as a recuperation sport to help with injuries and helps professional athletes.
Swimming improves general health
Swimming can generally improve our health and may even reduce the risk of illnesses, such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease and strokes. Swimming builds muscle and helps burn fat. The body continues to use energy to recover and rebuild muscle tissue, even after a swim.
Swimming is also good for people with different disabilities and should always continue to be encouraged.