Why Choose Swimming?
Want to get fit and lead a healthier lifestyle? Do you have arthritis, multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia, or just plain soreness throughout your body? Water is a great way to help soothe these issues. This page is designed to give you tips and links to websites we think may be helpful to you.
Regular swimming builds endurance, muscle strength, and cardio-vascular fitness. Kicking workouts, water aerobics, pool running, or a regular swimming workout can all give you a great exercise session without the weight of your body pounding you with each move. After a land workout, swimming a few laps can help you cool-down, move blood through your muscles to help them recover, and help you relax as you glide through the water.
Thomas Physical Therapy has provided us with some great tips on stretching and basic water exercises.
You can contact them at (386) 257-2672, they are located at 100 Professional Blvd, Daytona Beach. Website
Swimming BURNS CALORIES at a rate of about 3 calories a mile per pound of bodyweight. If you weigh 150 lbs and it takes you 30 minutes to swim one mile, then you will be using about 900 calories in one hour.
- Relax and swim with a very low effort
- Let your mind wander, focusing on nothing but the rhythm of your stroke.
- This form of meditation can help you gain a feeling of well-being, leaving your water session refreshed and ready to go on with the rest of your day.
Benefits of Aquatic Activities
- Aquatic activity is an ideal medium for exercise for those who have injuries
- With properly trained staff to guide patrons, water can be an injury free environment for people with a wide variety of abilities and ages
- Improves balance in upright positions
- Water allows for a greater variety of movements than on land and increase strength faster by decreasing the effects of gravity
- Increases range of motion and flexibility
- Prevents or slows atrophy of weakened muscles due to increased circulation and movement
- Speeds recovery by relieving the use of braces and physical aids
- Builds self-confidence, self-image, and self-concept
- Allows ambulation earlier than on land
- Promotes leisure-time activities
- Promotes physical fitness, wellness, and a positive lifestyle
- Promotes opportunities for self-determination
Fascinating Fact about Aquatic Exercise
Aqua heart rates are 13% or 17 beats per minute lower in water than heart rates during comparable land exercise.
Why is my heart rate lower in water than on land?
There are Five Theories:
- Temperature - Water cools the body with less effort than air. This reduced effort means less work for the heart, resulting in a lower heart rate.
- Gravity - Water reduces the effect of gravity on the body. Blood flows from below the heart back up to it with less effort, resulting in a lowered heart rate.
- Compression - Water is thought to act like a compressor on all body systems, including the vascular system, causing a smaller venous load to the heart than equivalent land exercise.
- Partial Pressure - A gas enters a liquid more readily under pressure. In water exercise the gas is oxygen and the liquid is blood. So, more efficient gas transfer due to water pressure may reduce the workload of the heart.
- Dive Reflex - This is a primitive reflex associated with a nerve found in the nasal area. When the face is submerged in water, this reflex lowers heart rate and blood pressure. This reflex is stronger in some individuals than in others. Some research suggests that the face doesn't even need to be in the water for the dive reflex to occur. Some people experience its effect when standing in chest deep water.
The following Links have very helpful information:
Volusia County Health Department has some great pool safety videos
Water Safety Tips
Health Benefits of Swimming
Swimming is not good for losing a lot of weight. While you do burn a lot of calories, once you get out of the pool much of that calorie burning stops. Why??? Because when you are in the pool you don't heat up as much as you do on land, and your body does not have to work to cool you down as much once the exercise session concludes. Swimming does exercise almost the entire body - heart, lungs, and muscles - with very little joint strain. It is great for general fitness, just not a great way to drop excess pounds.
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