Does swimming help exercise our entire body?
The Fitness Cafe
Koramangala, Bengaluru Nov 15, 2018
Swimming offers a wealth of health benefits. No wonder why it stands out from the rest of aerobic exercises. The best part of swimming is that it engages the entire body (from the tip to the toe) without exerting pressure on any specific body part. Also, the buoyancy and resistance (12 times more than the air) of water makes it perfect for people of all shapes, sizes, and age.
How does swimming help exercise our entire body?
Calories and weight loss
Swimming is very useful in burning calories, but the calories burnt to depend on the body weight of an individual. A careful study suggests that an hour of swimming can burn a minimum of 511 and a maximum of 763 calories. A large number of calories consumed are because the water keeps the body fresh and it is gentle on the joints and muscles which is why one can probably keep going for a longer time.
Note that, the more your body weighs, the more calories you burn. This helps in losing the overall weight of the body.
Lap swimming engages a lot of your muscles in the body. From the muscles of the abdominals, biceps and triceps, gluteals, to the hamstrings and quadriceps name it. The strokes in swimming work the different muscle groups in the body, toning and strengthening it.
Other health benefits of swimming
- Calms the mind
- Improves flexibility, coordination, balance, and posture
- Cools down your body
- Shows faster result