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Swim Your Way to a Healthy Body

Exercise with minimal stress to your body!

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Exercise with minimal stress to your body!

Looking for a full-body workout with minimal stress on your joints? Slip on your speedo and dive right in!

The Benefits of Swimming

Swimming is a fantastic choice of exercise for people of all ages. It is a low-impact activity that uses the resistance of water to keep your heart rate up without the stressful impact on your joints. Swimming has many benefits including:

Strengthening the cardiovascular system, allowing blood to be pumped to all areas of  the body
Toning muscles and building strength
Improving joint flexibility and mobility
Helping to maintain a healthy weight
Relieving stress

Water-based exercise can help people suffering from chronic diseases. It improves the use of affected joints without worsening symptoms in people with arthritis. It has also been shown to decrease anxiety and depression in those with fibromyalgia.

Before you dive in:

Make sure you know how to swim - for lessons contact your local community pool
Choose a safe environment
Use the buddy system - never go swimming alone
Have plenty of fluids on hand - drink them regularly
See your doctor if you haven’t exercised for a long time

Try this Beginner’s Workout

100 m warm up

Swim your stroke of choice for 4 lengths of the pool (in a 25 m pool)

3 x 50 m freestyle

Swim 2 lengths freestyle (front crawl) and take a 10 second rest. Do this 2 more times.

3 x 50 kick with board

Grab a flutter board and kick 2 lengths. Rest for 10 seconds. Repeat 2 more times.

100 m cool down

Finish with 4 lengths of slow, easy swimming.

Looking for an alternative to lane swimming?

Try water aerobics!

A fun, group fitness setting with all the advantages that water has to offer!

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