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.