• Swans-a-Swimming: How Great is Swimming? 

    Are you a swimmer?

    First, if you aren’t a swimmer because you cannot swim – maybe it is a good time to learn. There are many places that teach adult swim classes (Google “adult swim lessons”).

    If you aren’t a swimmer because you haven’t done it in a while, it could be a good time to take it up again.

    Why should you consider this awesome form of exercise?

    Swimming’s Many Benefits

    • Great cardio/aerobic exercise: Your heart loves you.
    • Low impact: No knee or other joint complaints from swimmers
    • Builds muscle mass: Have you ever seen a swimmer’s shoulders/upper body?
    • Therapeutic: It allows you to still exercise if you have, or are recovering from, a bone, muscle or joint injury. If you have had a recent surgery, check with your physician/surgeon, but any type of “open” wound or incision should be completely healed before jumping into the water.
    • Safe: It is a bit safer than running or cycling outside for many reasons, such as fewer cars at the pool and people won’t yells at you or threatens to run you over. However, you might need to share a swim lane.
    • Almost everyone can do it: From children and older adults, obese and overweight people and even people who cannot swim can get their exercise in the pool. Get a kickboard or a float-belt and you are in. They even have people sitting in high-chairs watching to make sure you don’t drown.

    Eating and Swimming

    • Despite what mom or the cranky neighbor told you, you won’t drown if you go swimming right after eating. The rationale for eating and swimming is that your body is trying to digest food; the blood flow is going to the digestive system and not the muscles keeping you afloat. If you plan to swim for exercise/activity, then eat about an hour before you exercise or earlier, so your body can digest the food and give you the energy to fuel the swim. This is true no matter what your exercise. On a run, you can stop and walk. In the pool, you still have to keep moving to reach the side.
    • Swimmers often feel hungry, even famished, following their bout in the pool. The theory is that we are not only exercising and burning calories, but we are also trying to keep up our core body temperature. With most exercise, I suggest people eat within 45 minutes of their bout of activity. However, with swimming, I suggest they eat within the 30-minute window, even going so far as to have a snack on the deck or in their locker.

    Why not give swimming a try if you aren’t already doing so!

    Six Geese a Laying,

    Five Golden Rings,

    Four Calling Birds,

    Three French Hens,

    Two Turtle Doves,

    and a Partridge in a Pear Tree.

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