Swimming is a great form of life-long exercise. While children learn to swim primarily for safety, it is also a great skill to have as they grow up. Swimming is low impact and is a full-body cardio workout that can be used well into adulthood.
Benefits of Swimming for Exercise
One of the best benefits of swimming for exercise is the fact that it is low impact. Some exercises, like running on the treadmill for example, put a lot of stress on your joints. Your body is buoyant in the water, which removes some of the impact on your body.
Water also acts as a natural resistance when swimming, which is a great way to tone and strengthen your muscles. More resistance can be achieved simply by pulling or pushing harder.
Bucket Swimming Drill
A great swimming drill to add to your workout for both children and adults is to practice each part of the stroke individually and then put it together. This specific drill is called a Bucket. Use a kickboard to kick the length of the pool (25 yards) and then switch to a pull buoy, using arms only, to focus on arm stroke for the length of the pool (25 yards). Then, after practicing arm stroke and kick separately, swim another length of the pool with arms and legs to practice the full stroke (25 yards). Then repeat until your workout is done! It’s never too early (or late!) to learn to swim.
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