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You Need to See What Swimming Can Do For You

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If you want to feel better from top to bottom, swimming could truly change your life. Here is everything you need to know to have a summer of weight loss, less pain, and better sleep.

What Swimming Can Do For You

Do you and your kids love the water? When the weather is warm there is almost nothing better than hanging out at your local pool. Have you seen these cute Rice Krispies treats that look like swimming pools? Your kids will love them and so will their friends, so make plenty to share!

Swimming

If you aren’t already getting in the pool with the kids, now is the time. Swimming takes care of so many of our adult health issues, it’s kind of incredible. Can’t swim? That’s okay. You don’t need hardcore strokes or a bazillion laps to get the benefits.

Sleep Like Snow White

You will probably agree that after a day of playing in the water your kids are absolutely worn out. Moms know that swimming knocks kids out and helps them sleep like champions.

The same is true for you. Spend an afternoon at the pool and settle in for a good night’s sleep.

Why? Your body temperature lowers a little in a swimming pool. Once you’re out and your body begins to warm up, you start to feel relaxed and sleepy.

Lose Weight Like a Champ by Swimming

Exercise is so much easier in the water. You can even use a pool noodle to work out if you like!

There is no gravity to contend with in the pool, and you have all that natural resistance in the water. You feel the workout less, and as a result, you are able to do more than you might on land.

Livestrong says you can burn 563 calories per hour water walking if you weigh 155 pounds. If you weigh 180, you’re looking at a sweet 654 calories burned in one hour! Get in and walk around the pool. Try to keep a really good form, upright with a solid posture. You won’t believe how much it will strengthen your body in places you forgot you had!

There are oodles of YouTube instructors who will walk you through all sorts of exercises that can be done in a pool.

Relief from Some Chronic Illnesses

Do you suffer from arthritis, fibromyalgia, back or knee pain, or other types of painful ailments? You should really be going to the pool if you can. Your joints won’t “grind” together as they might with exercising done out of the water.

According to the British Journal of Sports Medicine, swimming lowers the risk of early death by 28 percent.

Help With Type II Diabetes and Heart Disease

From the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges

“The big four “proximate” causes of preventable ill-health are: smoking, poor nutrition, lack of physical activity and alcohol excess. Relatively low levels of increased activity can make a huge difference. All the evidence suggests small amounts of regular exercise (five times a week for 30 minutes each time for adults) brings dramatic benefits.”

Get at least 2 1/2 hours a week of moderate exercise and you may see improvement in both your diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Moving around in the pool can fit that bill for you.

Bye-bye Stress

International research commissioned by Speedo, reports swimming is how 74% of people surveyed say they release stress and tension. That alone is worth a nice dunk on a hot day.

In closing, it looks like swimming is an easy way to feel better all around.

Whether you walk, or stretch, or do nothing but chase kiddos around for a couple of hours, you can leave the pool feeling better than when you went in.

Happy summer, and happy swimming!

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