Summer is here, with its warm days and joyful moments. The weather is great to go outside; we wake up when the sun is already shinning and brightening our day. This is the ideal time of the year to exercise outdoors, but hot days can make it difficult. Aquatic exercises are probably the best option for this season.
Swimming is an excellent way of lowering your body’s temperature during the hot season. In addition to cooling you down, exercise helps you relax and reduce stress. Water has properties that help clear your mind; its sound is peaceful and frees you from the daily stress that can be caused by work, family, and your other daily activities.
Water provides you with a pleasant environment to exercise and strengthen your muscles, including your heart and lungs. Swimming is a low-impact exercise that increases your heart rate which lowers the risk of injuries. Water is so beneficial in this sense that doctors around the world recommend swimming as a rehabilitation therapy after different types of injuries.
Swimming also helps in weight control as it strengthens all major muscle groups, because it requires moving your whole body. It improves your flexibility, coordination, balance, and posture, and this is reflected in many of your daily activities. Start today... relax, cool down, and exercise with a new activity!
Better Health Channel (2008). Swimming—Health Benefits. Retrieved on June, 2009 from http://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au.
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