Have you been thinking about trying an underwater workout now that the weather has warmed up? If so, the odds are that you’ve been hearing great things about this latest fad in the fitness world.
Still, it can be difficult to separate fact from fiction when it comes to exercising trends. Should you believe what you’ve heard about doing an underwater workout? Are there other benefits you haven’t heard about (but that you should)? To get your info straight, here are some important benefits from exercising underwater.
When most of us think about cardio workouts, we think of running and other similar exercises. Unfortunately, those can be tough on the joints, particularly where there are pre-existing conditions. That said, while completing an underwater workout, the buoyancy from the water reduces the impact on the joints. This makes it a great choice for people with sore joints as well as who are healing from many kinds of injury. At the same time, it often helps to prevent injuries from occurring in the first place.
The additional resistance provided by an underwater workout, helps to make sure that while you’re doing cardio exercises, you also tone your muscles and burn more calories than many workouts above the surface of the water. Therefore, you can consider swimming to be a kind of cardio and strength training session combined!
If you want to give your respiratory system a good workout and improve your lung capacity, an underwater workout can help there, too. When your exercises require you to hold your breath while you’re under the water’s surface, you use your breathing and oxygen in a different way. This can help you to build your lung capacity and breathe more mindfully. Many people find swimming to be very calming because of the improved focus on breathing, as well.
Many people struggle to exercise in the summertime because they want to stay cool. Even workouts inside air-conditioned gyms can rapidly lead to red faces and sweat-soaked clothing. However, when you’re in the pool, becoming overheated isn’t a problem. The water naturally cools you down. Therefore, you don’t have to worry about getting too hot and having to stay that way for a stretch of time after you’re done exercising. Keep cool this summer with underwater workouts that will feel as refreshing as they are healthful!