Make a splash

Tuesday, 3 January 2017

We are lucky enough to live in a country that has access to arguably some of the best places to go swimming in the world and the good news is that being active in the water is one of the best forms of exercise you can do. Whether you are taking a dip at a beach along our amazing coastline, jumping into your local swimming pool or even dancing away in an aqua aerobics class; you are definitely doing yourself a favour by getting in the water.

What is so good about it?

When we examine what happens to the body during exercise we see activation of muscles, movement of bones and joints and an influx of brain activity triggering systems in the body to work together to accommodate the increased workload.

Swimming is one of those activities that particularly challenges your cardiovascular system. It does this by recruiting many muscle groups simultaneously, which usually results in your body working at a moderate to high level of intensity. Working at this moderate intensity (or between 3-4 on an intensity scale of 1-10) is the recommended level to allow for positive changes to take place in your body such as increasing fitness, stimulating weight loss or improving general heart health.

It is also the recommended go-to activity if you have chronic joint or pain related issues that make it difficult to walk or perform land-based exercise. Being submerged in the water takes the load off joints and can enable someone with restrictions to meet their daily physical activity requirement, without large flare ups of pain symptoms.

So use the opportunity to improve your health by making a splash in your local swimming hole.

To find out more ways to become active, contact our Accredited Exercise Physiologists at Diabetes NSW & ACT on the NDSS Helpline 1300 342 238 or check out more MOVE articles here

You don’t need to be an athlete, you just need to move a little more than you did yesterday.

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