Water-based exercise brings a number of advantages, as compared to land-based exercise. As an environment that offers reduced weight-bearing stress, higher humidity levels, decreased heat load and a greater margin of therapeutic safety. Swimming is extremely well placed to safely and effectively meet the needs of a wide range of individuals, in both treatment and prevention of physical health issues.

There are a wealth of ways to swim, and a wealth of ways to benefit from the water. The water is a perfect environment to get active and feel the benefits for the body and mind. There are a number of different activities that can be done in the water including the popular aquatic sports below:


  • Pool Swimming
  • Open Water Swimming
  • Water Polo
  • Diving
  • Synchronized Swimming

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Participation in aquatic sports is growing very quickly. Whether you’re playing water polo, swimming in the pool or open water – there are a number of opportunities to engage with the water. You also don’t have to do competitive sports to enjoy aquatics. Water aerobics and other in-water exercise is a fantastic way to participate in aquatic activity.

Exercise in water gives your body more support than exercise on land. Swimming has less impact on your joints and bones than land-based workouts. Water is 800x denser than air so the benefit of this added resistance is felt when swimming laps.
Because swimming is low impact, it’s something you can do every single day. As a result swimming is the best form of physical exercise that promotes good health. Below are 5 specific health benefits of swimming. If you haven’t tried our training plans, check them out here.

  1. Low Impact, High Reward
  2. Swimming Improves Heart Health
  3. Swimming Lowers Blood Pressure
  4. Swimming Reduces Joint Pain
  5. Swimming Increases Bone Strength

So what are you waiting for? Start a MySwimPro Training Plan today and get to the pool!

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