Everyone hopes to have a healthy lifestyle, but not everyone can exercise the same way. Certain elderly persons, those with chronic back pain, and others with varying conditions may be unable to take up jogging or cross-fit. Fortunately, there’s always swimming.

Studies show even rudimentary water exercises are more effective and impose fewer risks of injury than exercise on dry land. The buoyancy of water simulates a nearly zero-gravity environment allowing for exercise without the crushing effect of gravity. Meanwhile, every movement draws resistance, increasing muscle stimulation. Combined, the elemental properties of water make it an ideal low-impact exercise environment.

Various water-based exercise is available in the area. Aquacise, often called water aerobics, is a low-impact fitness regimen popular with many. Walking in a pool or lazy river is a good way to strengthen legs without risk of injury. And good old-fashioned lap swimming can be a great addition to your workout routine as well.

Lap swimming is a total body workout that makes a person sculpted. Just look at the physiques of top caliber swimmers like Michael Phelps. Swimming also improves coordination and cardio. While swimming, a person will use around 2/3 of his or her skeletal muscle at any given time. Not only does this generate superior body control and movement; it increases your body’s demand for oxygen. As a result, cardio fitness improves drastically, and more calories are burned both during and after your workout.

These can all be used as supplements to dryland exercises, a low-impact way to start yourself on a workout routine or even a rehab option when combating injury or arthritis. Studies show simply engaging in 20 minutes of aerobic exercise in the water each day has a significant effect on hip/knee flexibility and strength.

Always talk to your doctor before beginning a new workout plan, but most doctors will agree that getting in the pool for a few hours a week is much healthier than sitting on the couch.

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