Swimming For Fitness An Activity That Seniors Can Enjoy To Stay Fit
Swimming for fitness can be both recreational and useful in competition. It's a good way to get a full-body workout.It can also be a relaxing way to exercise. You can develop a lean strong physique. The fact that it is easier on the joints than other activities is also a plus.
Swimming can be an indoor or outdoor activity. Being aware of safety concerns is important. If you swim at an indoor facility be aware that the water contains chlorine that some may be affected by. Also be aware of possible infections from being in a public facility. Outdoor swimming could involve sun burn and weather conditions. Ear infections can also be of concern. For the most part, swimming is a wonderful way to get exercise.
The only equipment you need is a swim suit or swim trunks and you're in business. Of course, knowing how to swim is a good thing. If you don't know how to swim, you can easily take some lessons at your local YMCA or swim club if your town has one. To enjoy the benefits of swimming, you don't need to be an expert. Just enjoy moving around in the water to be active.
You can also take classes called water aerobics. While water aerobics isn't really swimming, it is good exercise along with swimming.
For those with a competitive spirit, they can get involved with competition in a masters swimming program. The age groups start at age 25 on up. The governing body is the United States Masters Swimming (www.usms.org). This program also sponsors non-competitive "fitness" swimmers who train primarily for the health benefits. You can have fun with family and friends as you enjoy swimming for fitness.
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