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Swimming A great way to lose weight- Save lives

Updated on April 24, 2011

Swimming to lose weight

My local swimming hole at the moment !
My local swimming hole at the moment !

Why Swimming is good for you

Are you wanting to exercise yet can't take part in anything high impact ? Why not give swimming a go ?

On a hot day here in Morawa at 42 degrees it certainly doesnt make you feel like walking far, jogging or playing outdoor sports that involve running.

However getting over to the local pool where you can swim or do water areobics while staying cool

sure does !

Swimming does exercise almost the entire body - heart, lungs, and muscles - with very little joint strain

which appeals to me having bad knees .

Also if you are a keen swimmer you will more likely exercise on a regular basis rather than start something that you dislike & give up after a few times .

If you have any joint pains or other problems that hold you up from other exercise then consider joining your local pool or visit a beach or river for swimming.

Some of you maybe unable to swim like my Dad.

At about the age of 42 ? he was unable to swim even tho he had a back yard pool .

We all encouraged and helped him to learn to swim.

There are usually swimming lessons available for adults as well as children.

Swimming - good for everyone !

Have fun with a friend in the water !
Have fun with a friend in the water !

When I learned to swim

As a child I loved water however I was scared to put my head under & I was about 9-10 the first time I did it .

My first unaided float across the school pool with nearly everyone watching was in about 1978 in

New Zealand .

It was a small country school near Rangiora where that happened !

I swim now as its very hot as well as the fact I have damaged knees & am trying to lose weight as well as strengthen up for using crutches for a while soon.

Who Swimming is good for

Swimming is especially good for pregnant mums , the elderly or any one that finds other exercise doesn't suit them and alsopeople who need rehabilitation after an accident .

It is a great way for athletes to quickly bounce back after injuries and physiotherapists will often recommend it to their clients.

One of the most famous examples of an athlete who used swimming to speed a recovery is the runner, Mary Slaney. After suffering an injury to her Achilles tendon, Slaney trained only in the water for three weeks. Less than a week after returning to land-based exercise, she set a world record in the 1000 meters !

If you suffer from bad period pain I found swimming to be a help in relieving the pain.

More benefits of swimming !

Water is always comforting and improve your mood wherever you are so if you are feeling down , sad or angry then time in the water can be of more help to you than going to a group session a study found.

Swimming can add years to your life as you improve your health .

It relieves pain especially if you are in a heated pool so can save you from taking pain medication.

Swimming Will save lives . Everyone should learn how to swim so they can save their life or someone elses if needed .


Aquaerobics for fitness !

 Aqua fitness and aquaerobics are both excellent ways to get aerobic workouts without the high impact typical of aerobic exercise and can be a lot of fun!

 Incorporating many movements seen in dry-land aerobics with specialized equipment for deep-water workouts, many people who have suffered from injuries, or who have conditions that make high-impact too difficult or dangerous, use aqua fitness to stay healthy and improve or maintain their cardiovascular fitness.

 Aqua fitness and aquerobics are also great forms of exercise for pregnant women and elderly people who might not be able to exercise otherwise.

 Learn how to do deep water workout exercise for water aerobics and how to breathe correctly in this free fitness and rehabilitation video from an expert in water aerobics and therapy.

Fitting in other exercise

 To get a balance in your exercise program why not walk or cycle to the pool & back home .

When there are steps use them instead of the lift.

Play frisbee at the park with the family.

Enjoy a family bike ride together .

Teach children to swim early

Start at a young age
Start at a young age

Teach children to swim

 Children don't have the same fear as us so start your child of in the water as early as you can so they become confident in the water.

There are swimming instructors available if you prefer them to learn from an expert.

Save lives by children being able to swim.


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    • vicki goodwin profile image

      Sojourner McConnell 6 years ago from Winchester Kentucky

      This is a good hub about a very enjoyable topic. You have brought some great reasons to swim more!!! That is awesome!!

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      annmackiemiller 6 years ago from Bingley Yorkshire England

      I love swimming although I don't do nearly enough

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      attemptedhumour 6 years ago from Australia

      Hi fca, I prefer playing soccer and running to swimming but my wife swims. The local pool is about five hundred metres away. My two daughters were competitive swimmers from nine to fourteen. My eldest used to train nine times per week and achieved national qualifying times in backstroke. She was still quite a bit behind the top swimmers but we were very proud of both of our daughters achievements. The training taught them how to be disciplined and what it feels like to be really fit. It must be wonderful having a swim in 42 degrees and yes it's a great way to stay in shape. Cheers