Burning Calories

Swim­ming is amaz­ing exer­cise. One of the most calorie-burning activ­i­ties, swim­ming has sev­eral other enor­mous perks to your healthy. Check it out.

Burn Your Calo­ries. Many peo­ple choose to swim for weight loss. Any­one who exer­cises appre­ci­ates the mas­sive amounts of effort they need to exert to burn off a rel­a­tively small num­ber of calo­ries. Swim­ming is touted as one of the best full-body modes of exer­cise out there and burns 500–600 calo­ries an hour. So that’s just about two hours of ener­getic swim­ming to burn off one Big Mac… Think about that next time you grab a burger.

Love Your Lungs.  A study in the Indian Jour­nal of Phys­i­ol­ogy and Phar­ma­col­ogy even found that swim­mers had bet­ter tidal vol­ume (the amount of air that moves in and out of the lungs dur­ing relaxed breath­ing) than run­ners did. This means they also had lower rest­ing heart rates and lower blood pressure.

Mix Your Car­dio and Strength Train­ing. There’s noth­ing like the resis­tance of bod­ies against water. Water is about 800 times denser than air, so your mus­cles are under con­stant resis­tance. No more hav­ing to sched­ule car­dio and strength train­ing on dif­fer­ent days.

Save Your Joints. Low impact means you can work out often and intensely with­out wear and tear on your joints.  Research in the Inter­na­tional Jour­nal of Sports Med­i­cine shows (not super rig­or­ous) swim­ming is actu­ally bet­ter than straight-up rest for exer­cise recovery.

Reduce Your Stress. As any bath-soaker knows, there is some­thing very ther­a­peu­tic about slip­ping into the water. Accord­ing to a study pub­lished in Pain Research & Man­age­ment, being sub­merged in water dulls the amount of sen­sory infor­ma­tion that bom­bards your body, bring­ing on feel­ings of calm.

So, enjoy your next swim, know­ing how much good you are doing for your body!

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