Wednesday, June 1, 2011
Swimming is Excellent Exercise
Therefore, swimming is excellent exercise option for people who face:
* Arthritis or other joint disorders.
* Back problems.
* Overweight or obese.
* Weakened leg muscles.
* Convalescence after surgery or injury.
But swimming is not the best option exercises for everyone. While the thrust of the water makes this ideal exercise for those trying to reduce the load bearing joints, it can not help you improve your bone density - which slows the risk of osteoporosis - and you'll probably better results with low-impact exercise resting on the ground. And if you try to lose weight, you do not immerse yourself in this activity. Why? Water removes heat from the body and keeps your body temperature lower - and your metabolism slower - when you do a workout on the floor.
Once you have decided to take a dip, here's what you should know:
* Start slowly: As with all new exercises, start slowly and gradually work up to a 30-minute swim without interruption. Moreover, as with any new exercise program, consult your doctor first.
* Consider taking lessons: if some time has elapsed since your last sessions of swimming, you may want to consider taking swimming lessons to learn new strokes and other exercises to practice in water. Do not forget to make sure your monitor has received training in CPR and that has an appropriately qualified lifeguard.
* Recognize your limits: If you decide to swim in open water rather than in a swimming pool, remember that cold water and currents can tire you more quickly.
* Use sunscreen: If you are swimming outdoors, remember that water does not block the harmful rays of the sun. Apply sunscreen to the test water before swimming and make sure to reapply after you have dried.