Courtesy of President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition.

In honor of Healthy and Safe Swimming Week (May 23rd-29th), the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition announced swimming to be its featured activity of the month of May.

Swimming is a great activity to work into your exercise routine as a way to cross-train, or as your main discipline. Swimming, like other aerobic activities, works to reduce the risk of heart disease and diabetes.

As a non-weight bearing activity, swimming can help people with chronic diseases. For those suffering from arthritis, swimming is a great way to improve joint mobility without worsening symptoms. Anyone suffering from overuse injuries can also benefit from swimming for this very reason. For instance, if you’ve decided to start training for a half-marathon and are having issues with shin splints (a common overuse injury many runners experience), swimming is a great exercise to keep working on your cardiovascular fitness while giving your legs a chance to heal.

Swimming can work to positively improve your mental health, in addition to your physical health. For many people, swimming can decrease anxiety, decrease depression and improve your mood. Plus, swimming can help boost your mood
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To learn more about the health benefits of swimming and Healthy and Safe Swimming Week, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website here.

Photo shows Oceans Seven swimmer Anna-Carin Nordin of Sweden.

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