For many people, swimming can be a great way to get fit, lose weight, and add fitness to their daily routines. While we don’t all have the luxury of living in warm climates where outdoor community pools are available all year, for those of you who are heavier, have joint pain or other joint issues, or suffer from chronic pain or have a bad back, moving your body and getting fit might only be accomplished with a great deal of discomfort. Unfortunately, when you avoid exercise because it causes you pain, the pain may simply continue to worsen with time. Exercise and an active lifestyle are proven to benefit arthritis sufferers, can help prevent osteoporosis, and improve joint strength.

If you need a low-impact, high resistance exercise that won’t put too much pressure on your joints, you should head to the nearest swimming pool.

When you choose swimming as part of your overall fitness plan, you do not have to wake up at 5:00 a.m. so that you can go do laps at your local fitness club. In fact, many other fitness activities can be done in a pool and pool fitness is growing in popularity. Many aerobic exercises you would do in a gym or on the ground – jogging, aerobics, resistance training – can be done in a pool, not only for added resistance, but for virtually no stress on your joints and bones, thanks to the natural buoyancy of your body in water.

Like other cardio exercises, swimming is great for overall health and weight loss. Because of the natural resistance of water, you are able to build muscle much faster, increasing your metabolism so that your body continues to burn calories when you are resting. In addition, swimming can be a great activity for de-stressing, and is a great choice for pregnant women who need to be careful about their activity choices (always check with your physician first).

Swimming can help you increase your endurance and stamina, improving your athletic ability in other areas of your life. As with any new exercise, you should start slowly and build your exercise level up as your fitness level increases. Because water provides natural resistance, you may notice the effects of the exercise more dramatically.

Swimming can be inexpensive; many local community centers and schools have pools that are available to the public during certain hours of the day. These pools are typically available for free or for a very nominal fee for members of the community. If you don’t have a pool in your community, you don’t need an Olympic size lap pool to reap the benefits; most department stores sell aboveground pools that can are big enough you’re your work out routine and cost less than a gym membership. That can be an ideal solution if you live in a moderate climate.

Swimming is a fun, relaxing, rejuvenating way to move your body, increase your activity level, build lean muscle mass, and lose weight. It can be a safe alternative for those who suffer from chronic conditions, obesity, or are at risk for injury. Even if you can only add it during the warmer months of the year, be sure to build this worthwhile fitness activity into your lifestyle.

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