Not a Runner? Try Swimming!

Swimming Not a Runner? Try Swimming!

Swimming, Exercise, Stay Fit, Water, San Antonio, Heat, Texas

Stay fit and refreshed

San Antonio’s summer has been a hot one, with most days in July climbing over 100 degrees. And it looks like August may be even hotter. Compared to last year, temps are 10 degrees higher on average, so enjoying an outdoor workout may not always be a good plan. Luckily, you’ve got a cooler (and wetter) option!

Swimming

Swimming is more than just fun. It also has plenty of health benefits … and not just for endurance.

  • Swimming raises your heart rate without stressing your body – People of all ages can enjoy the safe exercise of swimming even if you suffer from arthritis, major joint pain, or inflammation.
  • Cardio –  Studies have found that water-based exercise can increase your stamina while also increasing your mental health. Plus, according to the CDC, swimmers have half the risk of death compared to inactive people.
  • Flexibility – Swimming forces you to stretch, twist, and pull your way through the water. (But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t stretch before doing laps!)
  • Inflammation reduction – Swimming is an excellent method of reducing strain on the heart by strengthing the muscles in the vascular system and preventing atherosclerosis.

Sanantonio.gov has an excellent list of all the pools in the city and their hours of operation, so grab your pool noodle and swimsuit.

P.S. – If you prefer running over swimming, we’ve curated a list of tips for staying safe in the heat!

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