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    Swimming is the optimum option.

    Are you curious about the benefits of water exercise? Ever ask yourself, "Why swim?" Well, look no further! Below are some answers to that question!

    Why is exercise IN the water better than OUT of the water?
    Buoyancy: This water property allows people to do exercises that are difficult on land. 90 % of your body is buoyant when in the water up to your neck, so you are not hitting the floor as hard as you would on land. No pounding or jarring!
    Resistance: There is continual resistance to every move you make. The water offers 12% - 14% more resistance than when you exercise on land. Resistance does not allow for sudden body movements.
    Cooling Effects: Water disperses heat more efficiently, so there is less chance of overheating. The water continuously cools the body. Exercise in the water is cooler and more comfortable than it is on land.

    Why do people exercise in the water?
    Fitness: Getting or keeping in shape. Remember that you cannot just waddle back and expect great results. Improving your fitness depends on how much energy you use.
    Therapeutic: Helping people recover from accidents and sickness. Combating the aging process.
    Social: Meeting and being with other people. You can talk to others as you water exercise. Workout facing your partner or side-by-side. Meet new people, too!
    Stress Release: Gives you a chance to just relax and forget about work, problems, and other things.
    Fun: Enjoying the diversion. Water exercise in a playful way and don't worry about being serious! Laugh and enjoy it! Water exercise is fun!

    How can water exercise help the participants?

    Physical Benefits
    Improved flexibility and strength
    Builds up endurance
    Increases muscular flexibility
    Muscular balance
    Heart muscle becomes stronger
    Improves the physique
    Increases circulation
    Rehabilitates muscles
    Improved ability to control and maintain healthy weight

    Social Benefits

    Have fun
    Fellowship with other people
    Enjoyable - even when working hard
    It is a safe program

    Psychological Benefits
    Helps develop a positive attitude (individually and as a group)
    Contributes to a feeling of well-being
    Teaches patience
    Releases stress and tension
    Renews energy

    What exercise options are there in the water?

    Water Walking: Moving forward, backward, and sideward, using regular, short, quick, or long steps, in waist-deep or chest-deep water

    Water Aerobics: Full body rhythmic exercises conducted in shallow and/or deep water for 20 minutes or more, designed to provide cardiovascular benefits

    Water Toning/Strength Toning: Upper and lower body moves designed to strengthen, firm, and sculpt the muscles by using the resistnace of the water and/or water exercise equipment.

    Flexibility Training: Large movements using each body part's full range of motion, along with full body stretches.

    Water Therapy & Rehabilitation: Procedures in the water designed and implemented for special clinical purposes.

    Water Yoga & Relaxation: Gentle, easy-flowing moves using the water as a relaxation medium.

    Deep Water Running: Simulating land running in the water depth where the feet do not touch the bottom of the pool. Flotation devices are used. Various running styles, drills, and methods can be used

    Wall Exercise (Deep or Shallow): Using the pool wall for support to isolate various body parts.

    Water Fitness Products: Professional products designed and manufactured specifically for water fitness activities - for toning, strengthening, and endurance work. Such products add variety to the class, motivate students, and create additional resistance and support.

    Lap Swimming: If the individual is a proficient swimmer, swimming back and forth using various swimming strokes is a possibility. However, we suggest that lap swimmers also consider other forms of water exercise in addition to lap swimming
    Source: The United States Water Fitness Association

    Intellectual and physical development of a person is kinda in a inverse correlation. However, both are eroded in a daily life. If you add other unexpected ''visitors'' like sickness, then you start to find an optimum solution.

    If you have limited time for both to recover, as i said,you seek for options to meet the need for both of them at the same period of time.

    Gym, yoga, tracking, running etc i think have no benefits compared to swimming.

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    Re: Swimming is the optimum option.

    Quote Originally Posted by süt View Post
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    Gym, yoga, tracking, running etc i think have no benefits compared to swimming.
    I agree that the advantages of swimming are better than most other exercises, however I think there is a place for everything.

    Most any type of exercise is good, even if it may not be optimal. We need to find what we enjoy, if we don't enjoy it, then we won't do it.

    Me, I enjoy being in the water, but not so much swimming for the intent of it being exercise. I don't float well, I sink like a rock. Last year when I was snorkeling over a coral reef that was maybe 18 inches below the surface, I gave up after about 30 seconds. I could only stay on top of the water if I kicked my arms and legs, and there wasn't enough room for me to do that without hitting the reef. Other people in my party had no issue staying afloat and didn't seem to understand why I couldn't, but it's all about body composition (muscle is heavier than water, fat is lighter).

    I'm all about pushing and pulling heavy things, mostly weights. I like being in the weight room, that's where I feel the best, and what I am the best at.
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    Re: Swimming is the optimum option.

    swimming is pretty damned good exercise. however, other exercise is pretty effective, too. i walk and ride an exercise bike a lot. i think the most effective exercise is the one you can do a lot and not get sick of it.

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    The only exercise I do swimming is floating over to the cooler for another beer.

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    Re: Swimming is the optimum option.

    Quote Originally Posted by imagep View Post
    I agree that the advantages of swimming are better than most other exercises, however I think there is a place for everything.

    Most any type of exercise is good, even if it may not be optimal. We need to find what we enjoy, if we don't enjoy it, then we won't do it.

    Me, I enjoy being in the water, but not so much swimming for the intent of it being exercise. I don't float well, I sink like a rock. Last year when I was snorkeling over a coral reef that was maybe 18 inches below the surface, I gave up after about 30 seconds. I could only stay on top of the water if I kicked my arms and legs, and there wasn't enough room for me to do that without hitting the reef. Other people in my party had no issue staying afloat and didn't seem to understand why I couldn't, but it's all about body composition (muscle is heavier than water, fat is lighter).

    I'm all about pushing and pulling heavy things, mostly weights. I like being in the weight room, that's where I feel the best, and what I am the best at.
    If you ask me why you cannot float, I think it is because of fear and not be used to be in water, like most of us.

    Where i swim has always new people who want to learn swimming; and often they cannot untill they get used to the water.

    Quality is always important in our daily lves, but when you have to find only one solution for a few issues, you could a little bit ignore enjoying, or you try to discover more what you do in order to enjoy it. For example, After i started swimming, and improved my technique and got stronger, I attended a race between two continents in Istanbul, called Bosphorus Cross-Continental Swimming Race. It was quite an experience and challenge to swim between two contintents, and also swimming in a sea in which there are more than 1 current on the surface and interestingly under the water at the same time...

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    Re: Swimming is the optimum option.

    Quote Originally Posted by süt View Post
    If you ask me why you cannot float, I think it is because of fear and not be used to be in water, like most of us....
    Nope. I actually am a fairly good swimmer, I have a large pool at home and frequently vacation at water destinations.

    It's not that I don't know how to float, it's that I can't float without some sort of supportive device or without gently kicking my arms and legs (which I have no problem doing). When I was trying to snorkle inches above a reef, my arms and particularly my legs would drag on the reef, and if I tried to actually swim, there simply wasn't enough distance between me and the reef.

    My arms and legs simply weigh more than water does because I have a fairly low bodyfat percentage. I can take in a good breath of air and my torso will float fine, but my arms and legs sink like rocks. No amount of confidence is going to defy the laws of physics.

    https://www.lonelyplanet.com/thorntr...ly-can-t-float

    http://www.thenakedscientists.com/fo...?topic=34984.0

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    Re: Swimming is the optimum option.

    Quote Originally Posted by imagep View Post
    I agree that the advantages of swimming are better than most other exercises, however I think there is a place for everything.

    Most any type of exercise is good, even if it may not be optimal. We need to find what we enjoy, if we don't enjoy it, then we won't do it.

    Me, I enjoy being in the water, but not so much swimming for the intent of it being exercise. I don't float well, I sink like a rock. Last year when I was snorkeling over a coral reef that was maybe 18 inches below the surface, I gave up after about 30 seconds. I could only stay on top of the water if I kicked my arms and legs, and there wasn't enough room for me to do that without hitting the reef. Other people in my party had no issue staying afloat and didn't seem to understand why I couldn't, but it's all about body composition (muscle is heavier than water, fat is lighter).

    I'm all about pushing and pulling heavy things, mostly weights. I like being in the weight room, that's where I feel the best, and what I am the best at.
    Do you have low body fat? It's harder to swim if you have less fat, since fat is buoyant. That's why women are better at swimming, often. Assuming same physical condition as a male.


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    Quote Originally Posted by JumpinJack View Post
    Do you have low body fat? It's harder to swim if you have less fat, since fat is buoyant. That's why women are better at swimming, often. Assuming same physical condition as a male.
    It is? The fastest swimmers on my HS team were the skinniest

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    It all depends on what your fitness goals are. If you are only worried about maintaining body fat and a reasonable fitness level that swimming is all you need. If your goals are something other than that then you wont get there if all you do is swim. Really the most important thing to do is to decide what your fitness goals are and develop a plan or talk to someone who can develop one for you and than go do it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by instagramsci View Post
    It is? The fastest swimmers on my HS team were the skinniest
    I don't think that applies to athletes, who are trained to use their muscle for speed in the water. It's a general rule that it's easier for people with higher body fat to swim. Because they're more buoyant, it requires less effort to stay afloat to swim. That's not relating to speed, though. Overweight people, for example, like swimming more than other sports often.

    I've read that if a man and woman are treading water, or swimming at a regular pace a long distance, the woman has the advantage because of her natural buoyancy. Depends on the body composition of the woman and the man, of course.

    If you notice, although more men than women do competitive sports, more than the usual number of women participate in long distance swimming, like swimming the English Channel.
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