Redwood Orthopaedic Surgery Associates | Santa Rosa, CA

Get Your Swim On: 3 Benefits of Swimming for Your Joints

PCL Injury Treatment Santa Rosa, CA

Whether you have arthritis, you just had orthopedic surgery done, or you suffer from really sore joints, there’s one thing that you should be doing this summer: swimming. And no, we aren’t talking about just drinking cocktails by the pool, we are talking about actually getting in the pool and swimming for exercise.

It’s the Perfect Compromise

If you have found that walking on the treadmill or using a stationary bike is still too harsh on your joints, then swimming is the thing that you’ve been looking for. Because swimming creates resistance, but you weren’t putting pressure on your joints, it gives you the benefits of a strengthening workout without the extra strain.

It’s Good Cardio

One of the things that we tell our patients (especially after surgery) is to keep moving, However, there are certain things (like running or walking) that may feel almost impossible to do. With swimming, however, you can get a good cardio workout in without feeling like you’re overdoing it. In fact, you can burn a lot of calories, and it’s good for your cardiovascular health— what more could you want from exercise?

It Can Strengthen Muscles

The saying, “no pain, no gain” isn’t exactly popular around our office which is why we recommend lap swimming. With lap swimming, you can strengthen your muscles and joints without all of that unnecessary pain. As long as you are doing the right exercises, you can help speed up your recovery by swimming regularly.

Spend your summer getting stronger and healthier with lap swimming. To learn more, contact our Santa Rosa office today and call us at (707) 544-3400.

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