Swimming is a great form of exercise for people at any age. It is low-impact, easy for people to do and especially good for your cardiovascular system! It is recommended for adults to get around 30 minutes of aerobic activity daily and swimming is one ‘cool’ way to do so. Livestrong is all about maintaining and supporting a healthy lifestyle and we love some of the tips that they shared about keeping a healthy heart.
When you swim, your heart will beat faster, which will deliver more oxygen to various parts of your body. The vigorous beating will strengthen your heart, which means that it will not need to beat as quickly, and it will be more efficient. Regular exercise, such as swimming, can reduce your risk of developing heart disease, can prevent a heart attack and may lower your blood pressure.
If you or a loved one experience a heart attack, your doctor will advise you to take some time off of exercising. Once your heart has healed, you should begin an exercise program under your physician’s supervision. Swimming is a great low-impact exercise for you to begin, as it exercises your whole body, and may increase your strength and flexibility. It is important to warm up your muscles and heart before swimming vigorously, and to gradually build up the intensity and duration of your workout.
Lastly, for safety, do not swim alone. Swim in pools or lakes that have a lifeguard present if possible, or bring along a friend to swim with you. Take a class in CPR and encourage your friend to do so as well in case of near-drowning. If you are swimming in natural bodies of water, watch out for riptides and currents, and obey any posted signs. If you have any health concerns or heart problems, or if you take any prescription medications, talk to your doctor before beginning any exercise program.
We love these tips and hope that swimming helps you maintain a happy and healthy heart! To learn more tips from Livestrong visit: http://www.livestrong.com/article/378688-swimming-heart-health/.