“Swimming is my favorite exercise late in my pregnancy. It feels so good to get in the water and feel weightless and move my body with complete ease. I’ll always aim to live healthy for me and for my family.”
Swimming is something that I have always loved to do! Throughout my amateur and pro surfing career I have taken swim classes as cross-training to improve my strength, endurance and breath-holding – which are all important for surfing. To this day, I incorporate swimming into my training and fitness routines, and I do it for fun too! I simply LOVE being in the water. Annually, my friends I have done a few 17-mile open ocean swims down Kauai’s Napali. My mom and I will go for swims along the shorebreak and look for shells. And I have gotten into free-diving with Adam to further explore the world under the sea.
Going swimming is a fantastic low-cost and low-impact activity that you can do all throughout your life.
There are so many reasons that swimming is a great way to exercise, including that it:
– can keep your heart rate up while taking some of the impact stress off your body,
– builds endurance,
– tones muscles and builds strength provides an all-over body workout, as nearly all of your muscles are used during swimming.
– is a relaxing and peaceful way to exercise, helping to relieve stress
– can improve flexibility, coordination, balance and posture
(source: Better Health Channel)
The final thing I love about swimming for exercise is that it’s available in so many places – you can swim in pools, lakes, rivers, and oceans. I often swim when I’m traveling- it helps me feel a little closer to home.
So, my encouragement to you today is to do as Dory (from Finding Nemo) advises, “Just Keep Swimming.”
Update 11/14/16: Positive Health Wellness has a great article about the benefits of swimming. Check it out here: Why You Should Be Doing Swimming Workouts.