There’s something to be said about the behaviors we cultivate into daily habits. By performing an activity or habit routinely, it embeds into our lives and enmeshes into the very fabric of our being. Swimming is one of the most gentle forms of exercise that, when done frequently, can help not only your body stay in shape, but also your mind. The very act of swimming each day, throughout the seasons, can anchor you in this fast-paced world.
On the Many Benefits
One of the best things about swimming is that it’s a non-weight bearing activity meaning that there’s zero impact on the joints. This makes it a great form of exercise for those with arthritis or other autoimmune conditions.
As an excellent cardio workout, swimming burns approximately 300 calories every 30 minutes. If you are just a beginning, it may serve you best to spend time with a trainer really working on getting the strokes correct.
The main strokes and muscle groups involved are:
- Backstroke – this stroke impacts your quads, glutes, trapezoids, and middle to upper back muscles.
- Freestyle – this stroke works your chest, biceps, triceps, quads, forearms, and back
- Breaststroke – this stroke works your back, shoulders, calves, chest, and quads
- Butterfly – the hardest stroke to master, this stroke works your abs, chest, lateral hamstrings, quads, calves, and shoulders
At Blue Water, we love all things pool related and that includes figuring out the best way to spend time in your outdoor environment. As pool professionals, we believe deeply in the healing power of water. By making swimming a daily habit, you can nurture your mind, body and soul!