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Swimming is often considered the perfect exercise because of its endless benefits and few drawbacks. Exercises and sports that involve running and jumping are hard on the joints and can result in dangerous injuries. Swimming doesn’t involve those types of risks. Water provides a cushioning surface for people to glide through.
Of course, there are many benefits to swimming, but the best may be the efficiency of the workout. Spending time in the pool means you don’t have to spend time at the gym doing different exercises at different stations to workout separate muscle groups. Because swimming requires the coordinated movements of both arms and feet, the muscle groups are worked together. There’s no isolation that has to occur and no reason to focus on a muscle group.
Perhaps the best benefit is to the cardiovascular system. Not only do the heart and lungs get a beneficial workout, but the way the body uses oxygen is changed. It becomes more efficient to deal with an oxygen-deprived environment. Furthermore, the way that a swimmer breathes creates the same type of physical resonance as meditation does when a person actively regulates his or her breaths. This quality helps add to the reduction of stress that comes with the exercise.
Like any exercise, swimming reduces the resting heart rate, which improves overall heart health. On average, swimming burns as many calories as running six miles an hour does.
At Hilltop Pool and Spas, we specialize in building pools that meet the needs of our customers. Because we are known for our honesty and work ethic, you can be sure that you’ll be getting a pool that will look good and allow you to use it in the way you expect. Not all pools are created equal; depending on how you envision the use of your pool will make a difference in its design. Contact us and find out how we can help you get a pool that will encourage you to use it often, so you can get the best health benefits out of it.