Why Swimming Is So Good For You

Swimming is unlike any other type of exercise, and it’s very healthy according to experts. University of Texas professor of kinesiology Hirofumi Tanaka explains the fact that you’re submerged in water means your bones and muscles are somewhat unshackled from the constraints of gravity. Swimming has been linked with lowered blood pressure, and the coolness and buoyancy of swimming can appeal to those with certain medical conditions, and those who are overweight or obese. But just because it’s more comfortable doesn’t mean swimmers don’t work hard– water is denser than air, so moving through it puts more external pressure on limbs than out-of-water training. Additionally, swimming fires up more of your body’s major muscle groups than other forms of cardio exercise, and working out in a horizontal pose may be an ideal way to counteract all the time you spend hunched over a desk or steering wheel. (Time