Swimming

Taking the plunge this summer will be a great way to improve and complement your martial arts training. 

THE FITNESS BENEFITS OF SWIMMING

 

Now that summer is just around the corner, you may be thinking about a dip in a lake to cool off...or maybe a few dives off the diving tower followed by some laps in your local swimming pool.  Swimming is refreshing and fun; it can be a social event or a solitary getaway for a few hours.  Apart from the mental health benefits, swimming is an excellent form of exercise.  Here are just a few of the reasons why you should take the plunge!

  • Cardiovascular training: swimming laps will increase your heart rate and improve your endurance.
  • Strength: working against the resistance of the water will improve muscular strength and endurance
  • Zero Impact:  Are you recovering from an injury?  Does impact hurt your knees, hips or back?  Swimming is an awesome alternative to impact exercise.
  • Cross Training: Whether you are an elite athlete or a weekend warrior, you might be looking for something to supplement your exercise regime: swimming is an excellent exercise to cross train with just about any sport or activity...including Martial Arts!

If swimming laps doesn’t appeal to you, try an aqua-exercise class instead: there are many classes to choose from depending on preference and ability...check out your local pools.

Always consult a physician before beginning an exercise program.  Discontinue an exercise if you feel any pain or discomfort.

About the Author

Fitness Tips as published weekly in the PG Xpress Fit for lifecolumn

M. Gregor, B.A.

Chief Instructor and Fitness Trainer

Shadow Martial Arts: HapKiDo,

Self Defense and Cross Training

Martial Arts instruction for all ages.

185 Dominion Street. Call: 564-4025