Swimming is an incredible total body workout that anyone can do, whether you’re new to exercise or you’re a group fitness junkie! Exercising in the water takes pressure off the joints and burns more calories than the same type of exercise on land. 

 

So, we’ve pulled together our top 7 reasons why you should jump in the pool today (as if beating the heat wasn’t reason enough!).

 

1. IT BURNS CALORIES:

You can burn more calories swimming than you can jogging, thanks to the extra work you have to do to move through water, which is denser than air. One hour of vigorous swimming can burn as many as 715 calories, while the same amount of time running at 5 mph burns 600 calories.

 

2. IT'S LOW-IMPACT:

Since you’re submerged in water, gravity doesn’t affect your joints in the same way. Buoyancy makes aerobic exercise much easier for those suffering from arthritis, any other joint problems, or those for whom running is uncomfortable.

 

3. IT BUILDS MUSCLE:

Swimming is a total body workout that develops long, lean muscles. More muscle means a boosted metabolism to keep your body burning more calories all day long.  

 

4. IT INCREASES CARDIO ENDURANCE:

Like other muscles in your body, the more you exercise your heart, the stronger it will be.  Swimming increases your heart rate, so the more laps you log the better that ticker will tick.

 

5. IT RELAXES THE MIND:

Like other exercises, your brain releases endorphins when you swim. Endorphins are chemicals that make you feel happy and relaxed—which is exactly what you need at the end of a long week at work, or tough day with the kids.

 

6. IT MAKES YOU SMARTER:

Yup, you read that right. Regular cardio exercise, such as swimming, improves memory function and thinking skills. It also improves mood, anxiety and stress. Straight A’s here you come.

 

7. IT'S GREAT FOR KIDS, TOO:

Swimming is a fun way to keep kids healthy. Not only do they reap all the rewards (stronger heart and muscles, better cognition and increased flexibility), but a regular swimming regimen will set kids up with healthy habits they’ll carry into adulthood.

 

If you aren’t a huge fan of swimming laps, In-Shape offers a variety of water classes such as Aqua Zumba®, Water Works and Aqua Tone.  Check your group fitness schedule and give one a try!

 

Did we just hear someone say, “CANNON BALL?”