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By Mazzenga Daniels
June 6, 2013 11:24 p.m.

On a nice hot day, what could be better than a dip in the pool? Swimming is one of the most refreshing ways to cool off. It also does wonders for your body. According to Bucknell University, swimming can:

  • Be Therapeutic. Swimming is a wonderful alternative to other exercises due to its lack of impact. Its a great way for arthritic people to work out. It provides a way for them to get stronger without the stress of weights or a treadmill. Its easy on the joints, making it a great way for sufferers to stay in shape.

  • Build endurance and flexibility. Because of the constant resistance the water provides during a workout, it makes for a wonderful way to build endurance. In addition, the warmth keeps muscles viscous and easily pliable so you are able to stretch better after a long workout.

  • Help you balance. The water acts as a natural stabilizer as it encompasses your body. It also assists in working on balance because you have to keep your balance as it moves around you. I realize this is confusing, but it depends on how you are in the water. By yourself, it stabilizes you. When in a pool filled with others, it might work against you in a good way.

  • Its versatile. Swimming can be done everyday, or to break up the monotony of a usual workout. It can be as easy as walking in the water, or doing some hardcore water aerobics class. Its completely up to you. This also makes it nice to enjoy with friends of all levels of fitness.

  • It makes for a great way to meet new people. Most pools are full of people who love to swim too. So you're bound to find some new friends to share your love of fitness with.

    These are just a few benefits of swimming. Along with getting a great workout and burning calories, you can have a ton of fun too!

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