For a lot of people, swimming was a childhood activity. Whether it was something your parents made you do or something you enjoyed and competed in, it may not be something you continue to do now.
But we believe it’s an activity you should continue you do your whole life and certainly can. If not only used for general fitness, swimming can be used therapeutically to alleviate stress in a calming, quiet environment or rehabilitation after an injury or surgery.
Better Health has outlined a number of benefits of swimming
- The resistance of the water keeps your heart rate up without causing an excessive impact stress on your joints
- Builds endurance, muscle strength and cardiovascular fitness
- Provides an all over workout using nearly all the muscles in your body to perform the swimming action
- Improve coordination, balance and posture
- Increase joint and muscle flexibility
If you’re suffering from an injury or recently had surgery and looking to do some aquatic rehabilitation we recommend doing some hydrotherapy in warm water pool. Aquanation in Ringwood and Aquahub in Croydon both have facilities available. You can speak to your Osteopath during your next consultation and they will be able to provide you with some safe exercises to perform in the pool.
Swimming is also a great way to meet people and work towards something more challenging. Perhaps motivate you to compete in an open water swim such as Pier to Pub or a triathlon. Keep your health in check and just keep swimming.