Do you ever feel like you can’t get comfortable or enjoy exercise? I live in a hot environment and it was so hard to get myself to start walking, even though I knew it was good for my diabetes. So I found a good way to feel cool by swimming. It helps build stamina, keeps your joints and muscles supple, develops strength and releases stress. Swimming is also quite therapeutic and many people feel very relaxed from being in water. It’s a great way to unwind and even come up with creative ideas for life and work. The calmness of the water just makes you relax. Especially if you are having a hard time exercising, you will find the water a very easy way to exercise.
Here are a few more reasons why swimming/water exercise is a great all-around exercise.
#1 – Keeps you healthy.
Swimming is a great way of building up cardiovascular health and reduce your blood sugar levels. It also helps reduce weight and tone your body. If you find going to the gym or walking every day isn’t great for you, why not give swimming a try? You can start slowly and build up to a higher level at your own pace. Even if you can’t swim, you can walk in the water and get just as good exercise as walking on a sidewalk.
#2 – Easy on your joints.
If you have joint problems or swelling, swimming is a great exercise option. It’s particularly good if you’re very overweight or feeling quite pregnant because you can exercise without putting your joints under stress. Being in the water also gives you a feeling of lightness and it’s a good way to give your body a bit of relief while getting healthy at the same time.
#3 – Fantastic for children.
My children love the water. Swimming not only helps them develop a potentially life-saving skill but also gives them a chance to relax and have fun in the water. It’s a great activity to do as a family and will keep everyone fit. For children who are particularly overweight or obese swimming is highly recommended. It takes the emphasis off their weight and allows them to simply have fun and “be a kid” while keeping fit at the same time. And they get quite a workout, my kids are always just so worn out when they have been at the pool all day and they didn’t even realize they were working that hard. Just don’t forget the sunscreen.
#4 – Tones the whole body.
While many exercises only tone certain parts of the body (for example, walking tones the legs more than the upper body), swimming is a good overall body toner. As you swim your whole body needs to work as one to stay afloat. This means your entire body gets toned and strengthened in the process. And if you do water walking, you can add “water weights” that strengthen your arms at the same time.
#5 – Great for controlling blood sugar.
Swimming may seem easy and like a lot of fun (and it is) but it’s also a great calorie burner. Did you know that you could burn approximately 350 calories for every 30 minutes of moderate swimming? In fact, may experts believe that swimming burns more calories than running, without the stress on the joints. If you’re looking for a great all-round calorie burner, you may want to give swimming a try. It’s particularly effective because it doesn’t strain the joints, ideal if you’re needing to keep your blood sugar under control. You can bring down your after meal blood sugar levels with some moderate exercise.
Swimming is a fun and healthy way to stay fit. It’s great for anyone from the very young to the very elderly, but especially during pregnancy – whether or not you have diabetes. I know it made it easier for me – even if I could only go a couple days a week, it mattered.
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