10 Health Benefits of Swimming


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Increased Muscle Tone and Strength
Once you start swimming regularly, it won't take you long to go from flabby to fit.
Once you start swimming regularly, it won't take you long to go from flabby to fit.
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Ever see a flabby dolphin or a weak-looking competitive swimmer? We didn't think so. That's because swimming is a great way to increase muscular strength and muscle tone -- especially compared to several other aerobic exercises.

Take running, for example. When a jogger takes few laps around the track, that jogger is only moving his or her body through air. A swimmer, on the other hand, is propelling himself through water -- a substance about twelve times as dense as air [source: Yeager]. That means that every kick and every arm stroke becomes a resistance exercise -- and it's well known that resistance exercises are the best way to build muscle tone and strength.

There's yet another bonus of a watery workout: Swimming has also been shown to improve bone strength -- especially in post-menopausal women [Source: Huang, et al.].