The Health Benefits of Swimming

Do you want to get into the best shape of your life and have fun doing it? If you answered yes, then swimming is the workout you’ve been looking for. Nothing is better than enjoying the health benefits a pool can offer right in the convenience of your back yard. Let’s look at all of the reasons swimming should become part of your exercise routine.

1. It Improves Cardiovascular Health

Swimming on a regular basis is one of the best ways to teach your heart to pump more efficiently, boosting blood flow throughout the body. Swimming regularly can also lower your blood pressure while increasing your ‘good’ cholesterol HDL levels. And, when your heart is strong, it naturally reduces your risk for heart disease and stroke.  

2. It Strengthens Your Lungs

When done regularly, this effective, full-body exercise can help you expand your lung capacity. Swimming teaches your lungs to absorb more oxygen that, in turn, increases your breath capacity. Your diaphragm and the muscles lining your ribcage — which work together to control your breathing — become stronger from the consistent movement. And that makes breathing easier overall.

3. It Firms Your Body

This whole-body exercise not only helps you become stronger, but toned and lean.

Swimming in a variety of styles is one of the best ways to use all of your muscles. The breast stroke, for instance, targets your arms, chest and core muscles while the front crawl uses your shoulders, arms and upper back. By mixing it up with different strokes, you’re ensuring your body receives a complete workout.

4. It Helps You Lose and Maintain Weight

A healthy metabolism is key for losing or maintaining your weight. And keeping your metabolism healthy means burning calories on a consistent basis.

Swimming is one of the best ways you can do that. Even at a moderate pace, a person can burn 250-350 calories in 30 minutes. That beats walking which burns only 140 calories in the same amount of time.

While jogging does burn a few more calories than swimming, it can take a toll on your body. Swimming, however, eliminates strain and impact on the body, ensuring healthier joints and less muscle pain.

5. It Offers Pain Management

Now that we’ve broached the subject of pain, did you know swimming is the perfect exercise for anyone with an injury or chronic condition. That’s because the buoyancy of the water supports and protects joints and limbs, while allowing you to achieve greater flexibility than you could on land. That translates into less pain and better range of motion.

6. It Helps Fight Stress

Whether you have occasional or daily stress, swimming can help. It relieves tension in your muscles while also refreshing the mind. In fact, studies have shown swimming sends messages to the brain for new cell generation, predominantly in the areas where chronic stress has caused mental decline.

National Pools & Spas

If you’re ready to enjoy all of the health benefits a pool has to offer, get in touch with us at National Pools & Spas. Visit or contact any of our three New Jersey locations to learn more about fiberglass pools, vinyl pool installation or to talk to one of our experts about what you’re looking for. We’re your one-stop pool shop, so whether you need an in-ground liner replacement, a robotic pool cleaner or a solar blanket, we’ve got you covered.

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