July|Aug 2018

SHUT YOUR MOUTH...and other tips for a healthy swim

Swimming is the fourth most popular sports activity in the United States and a good way to get regular aerobic physical activity.  Just two and a half hours per week of aerobic physical activity, such as swimming, bicycling, or running, can decrease the risk of chronic illnesses. This can also lead to improved health for people with diabetes and heart disease. Swimmers have about half the risk of death compared with inactive people. People report enjoying water-based exercise more than exercising on land. They can also exercise longer in water than on land without increased effort or joint or muscle pain.


Water-based exercise can help people with chronic diseases. For people with arthritis, it improves the use of affected joints without worsening symptoms.  Water-based exercise also improves the use of affected joints and decreases pain from osteoarthritis.


Water-based exercise improves mental health. Swimming can improve mood in both men and women.


Exercising in water offers many physical and mental health benefits and is a good choice for people who want to be more active. When in the water, remember to protect yourself and others from illness and injury by practicing healthy and safe swimming behaviors.