Have You Tried… Swimming
During the summer, many people enjoy jumping in the pool for a while to cool down from the heat. Many people do not realize that it is a great workout and it has many health benefits. We decided to take a look into swimming to see what the benefits are.
Swimming tones the entire body, from upper body to core to lower body. Since swimmers must be able to balance themselves in the water, their core becomes more toned. The core is especially helped by doing the backstroke and the butterfly. As far as the upper body, all forms of swimming strokes work with the chest, and that is particularly what the breaststroke targets. The breaststroke also helps tone some of the muscles in the back, extending from the neck to the mid-back. Freestyle works out the shoulder area and arm muscles such as the deltoids, triceps, and biceps. In the lower body, freestyle really works out the legs, benefiting areas such as the calves, hamstrings, and thighs. Breaststroke works out many of the same areas in the legs. Doing the backstroke helps to stretch out the hip flexors.
The benefits of swimming are not all necessarily the obvious physical ones, such as weight loss. There are also many other benefits. It has helped to decrease anxiety, encourage better bone health, and ease joints affected by arthritis and osteoarthritis. It also helps to strengthen the heart and to improve the lungs. Swimming is a sport where it is not hard to accommodate people with limited mobility, and it may even improve posture.
Raegan Cupp, pictured above, is the sole member of the Leipsic High School Swim Team. She says that she believes that swimming is good for the body because it requires use of the whole body.
By: Elyse Schroeder
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