Swimming is a great summer activity for the whole family. Not only is it a fun thing to do but it is also a healthy thing to do. It feels so good jumping into a cool pool on a hot and humid summer day. Swimming is also very fun to watch on television. I was so entertained last Olympics when Michael Phelps and Missy Franklin performed at their best. Besides the point, swimming has many health benefits that many people don’t know about. In this article, I am going to be breaking down these benefits and show you why you need to implement swimming into you lifestyle as soon as possible, especially if you are an older person.
- It builds endurance
One of the best health benefits that swimming provides is added endurance. This is especially great for older people as they may not be able to keep up like they did when they were younger. A simple exercise that you can do to build endurance is tread water for as long as you can. You can also swim a few laps. If you perform these exercises, you will understand where I am coming from.
- Builds up your cardiovascular system
As you age, your cardiovascular system tends to take a plunge. Luckily, swimming combats this. It helps combat things like heart disease and coronary artery disease. It also takes a lot of stress off of many bones, tendons, ligaments, and joints in your body. Overall, swimming is one of the best activities you can engage in.