Low impact: Swimming helps you protect the joints from stress and strain. Water aerobics classes are very helpful for this reason.
Improves Endurance: Swimming improves endurance. In a research study of sedentary middle-aged men and women who did swim training for 12 weeks, oxygen consumption increased by 10% and stroke volume improved around 18%.
Tones the muscles: In a research study of men who completed an eight-week swimming program, there was a 23.8% increase in the triceps muscle. Swimming helps in toning the muscles.
Helps in rehabilitation therapy: When athletes are injured, particularly in the lower half, they are recommended to swim to maintain their fitness level. Swimming helps them get fit, and it’s even part of the rehabilitation therapy. This is due to the resistance of the water. It makes the muscles work hard without the strain or impact that is usually experienced with other excercises.
Burns calories: Swimming helps in losing lots of calories. It ranges anywhere from 500-650 per hour depending on the intensity of the swim and how buoyant you are. Research has showed that swimming burns about 89% of the calories burned during running and 97% of the calories burned during cycling for the same time period.