Redwood Orthopaedic Surgery Associates | Santa Rosa, CA

Why Swimming Is The Best Exercise

If you have arthritis or have suffered from other joint-related issues, you know that exercise can be a real pain. For other people exercise may simply just be an inconvenience or something they’re too lazy to do, but you know it can actually hurt. If you’ve been feeling this way and looking for the best exercise for your joints, look no further, it’s swimming!

Did you know that when you’re swimming 90% of your body is supported by the water? That means your body is almost weightless making movements much easier on joints vs trying to work out on land. Here are some other benefits worth reading about.

It Strengthens Muscles

Because most other toning and strength-training exercises can be hard on joints, swimming is an excellent option to be able to get those muscles and definition without pain. Lap swimming takes the pressure off your joints but still keeps your body moving and working. Because swimming creates resistance by design, you aren’t putting pressure on your joints, it gives you the benefits of a strengthening workout without the extra strain.

It’s Great Cardio

Whether you’re dealing with arthritis or you’re recovering from surgery, we always recommend you keep moving to stay healthy. Unfortunately, running and walking aren’t always safe options depending on your condition. Luckily, swimming can help you get some cardio in without too much exertion or even really breaking a sweat. In addition to cardio, it can be a great way to burn calories without really noticing it either.

It’s Really Just The Perfect Option

In addition to cardio and strength, swimming provides other health benefits as well including:

  • Stress relief
  • Being a relaxing and peaceful form of exercise
  • Improving coordination, balance, and posture
  • Improving flexibility
  • Being available in many places, you can swim in swimming pools, beaches, lakes, and rivers. Just make sure that wherever you choose to swim in is safe.

Take control of your health and start getting stronger and healthier with lap swimming. To learn more, contact our office today by calling at (707) 544-3400.

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