5 Reasons to add a Pool Workout to your Fitness Routine
Written by: Nancy Sawler, VP Corporate Health, Cambridge Group of Clubs
1. Water does wonders for your cardiovascular health
Swimming is a full body workout, using all of those major muscles in your arms, back, chest and legs. Those laps can keep your heart rate up and burn calories, while being low-impact at the same time, meaning you won’t add stress to your body.
2. Low-impact but high payback
When you are submerged in chest deep water, your body weight is reduced by 80-90%. This means that you’ll have more freedom of movement in the water, making the pool a perfect place to be if you have any kind of joint pain, or if you are recovering from an injury with post-rehabilitation. The water is also an excellent choice for pre/post natal exercise.
3. De-stress and improve your mood
The hydrostatic pressure of water against your body feels like an "aquatic hug"! When done with the correct technique, swimming strokes involve rhythmic breathing that can trigger the parasympathetic nervous system - the part that's responsible for rest and relaxation. The pressure from the water surrounding your skin can also help to improve circulation.
4. Minus the sweat
Water conducts heat approximately 25 times faster than air, meaning it ‘wicks’ away excess body heat during exercise, creating a cool, comfortable workout. Blood that would be shunted to the skin for cooling is available to the working muscles. The heart does not have to work as hard if the body stays cool.
5. Perfect for all fitness levels
Whether you are just starting out with swimming lessons or adding in a masters swim program to your cross training regime, the pool is where it's at!