Taking up any form of swimming is a great way to build cardiovascular fitness and Gymist is here to help you find aquatic activities and swimming pools near you. You don’t just have to count lengths. Wild swimming, competitive swimming, water aerobics and diving are just some of the options you have.
If you’re reading this, you are already thinking about getting into the water. Swimming as a form of exercise or sport has some solid advantages over other forms. The constant resistance of water means that your movements take more exertion than in air, and the faster you want to move, the more resistance you feel and the harder you have to work. This constant exertion means almost every aquatic activity is higher intensity than in air. There is also the fact that your whole body is challenged to maintain balance and buoyancy while also being supported and not stressing joints. The benefits of this full-body workout and constant resistance are numerous:
If you need some inspiration for your aquatic adventures, start with what you want to achieve. Trying a new activity? Adding to your existing fitness regime? Whatever it is, there is something for you.