Start Swimming to be Healthy, Happy and Fit!

0909 swimming

Swimming is a very unique activity that can be used for health, fitness or fun. It doesn’t require any special gear or  equipment. Swimming can be a regular exercise, a warm up or cooling down activity with other exercises, or a social activity that can be enjoyed with family or friends.

Here are ten health and fitness benefits to motivate you to take up regular swimming:

  1. Swimming involves the use of almost all the muscles required for movement, without the weight of your body pounding you with each move like when you are walking or running.
  2. Swimming builds muscle strength, endurance, and cardiovascular fitness. The longer you swim, the more your endurance and speed improves.
  3. Swimming improves the body’s use of oxygen and increases lung function, without overworking the heart.
  4. Swimming stimulates circulation, and promotes proper breathing.
  5. Swimming helps you sleep better.
  6. Swimming burns calories at about 3 calories a mile per pound of body weight, so it helps maintain a healthy weight.
  7. Swimming helps tone the upper arms, shoulders and legs.
  8. Swimming doesn’t make you hot and sticky, as many other forms of exercise do.
  9. Swimming is a great stress-buster. It relaxes the body and soothes the mind.
  10. Swimming is a skill that can save your life, or help save someone else’s live.

Like any other sport or exercise, you can also use swimming to build discipline, enhance will power, increase competitiveness and improve your goal-setting skills.

[Photo taken by Salma when I jumped off the boat in Goa]

If you enjoy reading this blog, you can a) subscribe to get latest posts in email, b) follow the latest links in Twitter, c) forward this link to friends.

6 thoughts on “Start Swimming to be Healthy, Happy and Fit!

  1. Richard to Groopman: We understand, it certainly doesn’t matter scientifically in case it is
    the cancer and not the chemo. Of the three types of smoke you may see coming from your
    car’s tailpipe, this type should cause the least amount of concern. All these
    years I have constantly maintained which patients need to be told the truth or offered with enough and impartial info to enable those todecide for
    themselves.

    Like

your comments

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s