The gym can be an intimidating place for a lot of people. It might be because of the crowds, it could be a psychological thing, or it can be anything. To those of you who want to get fit but don’t want to hit the gym; we have got the perfect solution for you. Go for a swim instead. Swimming has a number of health benefits but also gets you fit in the process.
Gyms are prone to injuries due to the reliance on equipment to aid in the fitness process; this in itself is among the reasons why people are afraid of gyms. But the risk of injury while swimming is quite low and unless you overexert yourself; you should be safe from any form of risks. The best part of swimming is that water is a lot denser than air thereby giving you a constant work rate to master. Let us explain; water has a density that is twelve times more than air, this leads to you having to swim across the surface of the water at a constant pace. This constant motion across water tones the muscles to a great extent and also strengthens the muscle.
The most important thing that swimming builds is the core of the body. Most fitness articles will tell you to focus on strengthening the core, but there is nothing like pushing against water in a continuous motion against the resistance to build core strength. The best part about swimming is that it is accessible to almost everyone. A lot of people avoid gyms due to their physical conditions or due to diseases, but swimming is the best alternative solution to people who can’t indulge in other forms of physical activity. While we are on the topic of who should go swimming, we recommend women who have reached menopause to definitely try out swimming as a way to strengthen the bones; most women around this age find it difficult to work on a treadmill or a cycle, but the water is a great environment to exercise the muscles.
The final reason why we are gushing over swimming is that it allows you to practice yoga in the water. Yoga is extremely beneficial for the body as it has a number of health benefits. The water allows you to balance and perform a number of positions. It is the best post-workout plan to have.