We’ve known for years that swimming provides a very enjoyable no-impact form of exercise. But there’s a lot more to it… In recent studies, a 3-month program of slow to moderate swimming lowered systolic blood pressure by an average of 9 points. Also, swimmers’ carotid arteries are more elastic and allow for more blood flow.
And it’s not only great for your heart, the resistance the water provides also builds strength. Senior swimmers in a recent study increased their quadricep strength by 27%, hamstring strength by 40%, and upper body by about 10%.
We can’t say enough how many good things swimming does for health… especially as we get older.
- Improved blood pressure
- Improved flexibility
- Increased stamina and muscle strength
- Improved balance
- Less chronic pain in joints
- Reduced osteoporosis
- Increased cardiovascular conditioning
- Improved posture and muscle tone
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