Is Swimming a Good Form of Exercise for Fitness?

  • By: kim
  • Date: June 27, 2021
  • Time to read: 3 min.

I count myself very lucky to live within a 10 minute walk of the seaside. In the summer I try to go for a 20 minute swim daily in the sea. The only times I can’t get in are those days when the sea is very rough. A number of my friends don’t like to go in the sea they either think the sea is too cold or they are frightened some kind of sea creature will nibble their legs. Sadly I can’t convince either camp to get in the water.

Where I live on the English channel we are not likely to come across creatures that will harm us in the water. There are weaver fish which I understand can give you a nasty sting if you tread on them, but you can wear sandals to protect from these. I have also heard that sometimes stinging jelly fish are found in the English Channel but I have not seen any or heard of any in the last few years.

Regarding the water temperature, during the summer months the water temperature can be around the 20C mark which is a lovely temperature to go into. Outside of the months of July and August the temperature is lower but bearable if you just get in the water quickly. Your body soon adapts to the temperature of the sea. I once went swimming at 12C which was very cold. I stayed in for 15 minutes which was too long and my legs turned to jelly when I walked out. Since then I have paid attention to the water temperature and duration of the swim to keep safe.

Swimming is one of those exercises that’s hard to hate, since it’s gentle and yet fun at the same time. Most people enjoy a dip in the pool, so why not turn that dip into some laps as a form of exercise? There are many fitness benefits that one can get from swimming. If you’re not convinced, keep reading.


Swimming requires a lot of energy and burns a lot of calories thanks to the fact that, when you swim, you need to move your whole body instead of just your legs or your arms. Swimming works your body and heart the same way any cardio workout, such as dancing or running, would. So if you take up swimming for your fitness, you will work your heart and boost your metabolism at the same time. To get the most out of swimming, it’s best to carry out interval training where you do high intensity sprint swimming alternated with easier workouts. This way you’ll push your body hard but will be able to do so for a longer period.

Not only is swimming good for a cardio workout, swimming challenges the muscles all over your body and is great for increasing overall body strength. The water resistance you face while swimming forces your muscles to work harder – just like traditional forms of strength training. You’ll be able to gain some muscle and tone up your body at the same time. Swimming is also widely used as therapy to strengthen injured muscles in athletes, since the water resistance provides a good workout without giving stress to the injured body parts.

Swimming Is Great For Everybody!

The great thing about swimming is that everybody can do it and enjoy it. It’s suitable for every age group and fitness level; you can decide how hard to push yourself when you swim. Elderly people can benefit from swimming too, since the water gives good support to their body and they can stay fit without worrying about injuring their back or joints. It’s also a great activity for you to do with your family: you can have fun together and stay healthy at the same time. If you bring little kids along to the pool, though, be sure to always keep an eye on them to prevent any accidents.

Enjoying Swimming in Tenerife.

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