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Hit the pool to enjoy these five major benefits of swimming
 Hit the pool to enjoy these five major benefits of swimming
By: Dr. Richard Hulsey When the temperature flirt with triple digits and the humidity rises, the local pool is the obvious choice for summer fun. Take away the yelling kids and the splash-fests and you have a tremendous exercise opportunity. Whether you’re an experienced swimmer or still a beginner, swimming can be a great addition to your exercise regimen. Here are five major benefits of swimming that may be enough to get you in a lane this summer: Cardio - Water is 800 times denser than air, which means that your body is under constant tension to move while swimming. Constant motion translates to an ongoing cardio workout. Regular cardio exercisers benefit from improved heart health, weight loss, and more restful sleep patterns. Full-body exercise workout - Not only does swimming count as a cardio exercise, it’s also a strength exercise. Everything from your shoulders to your ankles is involved in swimming. Remember to stretch before beginning any exercise, including swimming. This allows ...

Three Benefits of Swimming as Orthopedic Rehab
Three Benefits of Swimming as Orthopedic Rehab
What better way to enjoy the summer than poolside with friends and family! If you’re recovering from a knee or shoulder injury, you might think the pool is the last place you should be. However, there are several benefits of incorporating swimming into your orthopedic rehab. Water exercises in general have great benefits for orthopedic rehab, but swimming may be one of the best. Consider these three perks to hitting the swim lanes, and dive into summer swimming as part of your healing process. Zero impact One of the best benefits of swimming for orthopedic rehab is that water provides a zero-impact exercise environment for your joints and bones. Running, for example, is a high-impact exercise and can be very hard on your body. Water supports your body weight and allows you to freely move with all the benefits of exercise. If you’re recovering from a recent injury, you need a good exercise that won’t put unnecessary strain on your body. Flexible exercise ranges A pool gives you a wide range of exercise options when it comes to swimming, everything from backstroke to butterfly, ...