- It is THE most effective and healthy cardiovascular exercise.
- It has little (if any) impact on your joints.
- It builds endurance and lung capacity.
- It helps your blood circulate.
- It RELAXES you mentally.
Thursday, July 9, 2009
Benefits of Swimming
Last weekend my husband (Bart) and I went swimming at our local outdoor pool. While I've heard that most pregnant women love the weightless feeling of being in the water, I had a bad experience when I tried it earlier this year in a water aerobics class. The chlorine from the indoor pool was incredibly strong which gave my skin had a bad reaction, and I ended up re-straining my lower back. Over the past month or so, I've since had a strong desire to either be by water, or in it, so I found a swimsuit that fit and convinced Bart to join me. He and I have both really enjoyed all of the rain this summer, (Bart especially loves to watch the storms roll in) but boy was it nice to feel the refreshing chill in the heat of the day. At first we just happily bobbed about, did some doggie paddling, etc. then he went inside to bike while watching the Tour de France (his other love). I thought I would be getting out soon after that, but my body was so happy that I instead did something I've never done before and went into my own swimming lane! It was beyond amazing to have a designated strip of space for my ever-growing-body to freely enjoy. I then began to do various types of swimming up and down the lane and before I knew it, I was really working up a sweat! I also loved how I could feel myself using every one of my muscles, and surprisingly didn't find it too hard to do during this late stage of pregnancy. After researching the benefits of swimming online, I was happy to learn the following facts from this online article: http://ezinearticles.com/?Is-Swimming-Good-Exercise?&id=1360819