Swimming is a great full body workout and works your cardiovascular system. It’s a great option because it burns a lot of calories but doesn’t impact your bones and joints like other activities such as running would.

Try one of our swimming pools today with a free pass. Go on, reap all the benefits swimming has to offer:

It works your whole body
One of the biggest benefits of swimming is that it works your entire body. It increases your heart rate, tones your muscles and builds endurance. It’s a great full body workout and when you change your stroke you are able to target different muscle groups. The water you’re submerged in provides gentle resistance and no matter how you swim you are using most muscles to help you glide through the water.

It’s great for injuries
Swimming is a great exercise option for those who have suffered injuries or have conditions that make them less mobile.

This study indicates that people with osteoarthritis reported a reduction in their joint pain and stiffness and also experienced less physical limitations after engaging in the sport. Exercise is the best medicine!

It burns calories
Because swimming works your whole body it shouldn’t come as a surprise that it burns a lot of calories. Of course, calories burned will depend on the individual but here are a few numbers taken from the American College of Sports Medicine:

  • A 130-pound person swimming freestyle for an hour will burn approximately 590 calories swimming fast and 413 calories swimming at a slower pace
  • A 205-pound person swimming freestyle for one hour will burn approximately 931 calories swimming fast and 651 calories swimming at a slower pace

Not bad, right?!

You can switch it up with an Aqua class

Who doesn’t love a versatile workout? Besides switching up your stroke (breaststroke, backstroke, sidestroke, butterfly, or whatever floats your boat) you can also try participating in different Aqua classes.

At GoodLife, we offer classes like Aqua Zumba – a fun ‘pool party’ type atmosphere that integrates the Zumba formula with traditional aqua fitness disciplines. It will tone your body, condition you and you’ll have fun!

Other options include Aqua fit, Aqua deep, Aqua R.O.M and WATERinMOTION. Each class is a different intensity level and offers different areas of expertise. Whether you want to improve your range of motion, condition your entire body, or burn maximum calories we have a class for you. Visit our website for more information.