The PJCC’s pools have always been a strong draw in the community. But what keeps swimmers coming back, day after day, for their workouts? It’s more than just the beautiful scenery!
If you haven’t incorporated swimming or water workouts into your regimen, these five facts about swimming may inspire you to do just that.
1. The pool offers a low-impact workout that makes a big impact on your health.
When you’re in the pool, you’re supported by the water. And unlike some other forms of exercise, you can move without putting additional strain on your joints. (In fact, swimming relieves some people’s pain and stiffness!) This makes lap swimming, water treading, and Aqua Fitness beloved workouts for people of all levels of fitness.
2. It’s a full-body workout.
As you swim, every muscle goes to work. Each stroke keeps your shoulders and arms in motion, using (and building) strength. With every kick, you’re engaging and toning your leg muscles. And, a strong core ensures that you have the power and the stability to keep things moving swimmingly. Not to mention: it strengthens your heart and lungs, too!
3. A cool way to burn calories.
Because your whole body’s working, you’re burning! According to Harvard University, a 155-pound person burns about 216 calories per half hour when swimming. Make that a vigorous lap-swimming workout, and that person will burn about 360 calories. Wondering about water aerobics? That activity burns, on average, 144 calories per half-hour. Now that’s a productive (and fun) use of your time!
4. “Water” stress reliever!
If you’re swimming laps, it’s just you and the pool… as you focus on your breath and strokes, surrounded by calming clear blue water, your stress dissolves in your wake. Do upbeat music and the joy-filled smiles of your fitness friends boost your mood? An Aqua Fitness class provides the physical activity and the friendly camaraderie that will refresh your body and your perspective.
5. Last but not least: a life-long love for the pool!
Many of our Center Members started swimming in their childhood or grew up as a member of their local swim team, so they’re well accustomed to water-based workouts. And, because of many of the factors listed above, swimming and other water-based activities offer a powerful, productive, and enjoyable way to build and maintain strength, flexibility, and overall wellness throughout their lives.