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How Swimming Affects The Muscles

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Depending on what it is you are looking to achieve during your workout — calorie burn, muscle mass, body tone — swimming is a great choice. Because swimming provides a total body workout, there really isn’t a wrong way to incorporate swimming into your workout to get the results you want. So if muscle tone is one of your goals, swimming is a great choice.

Swimming develops the shoulders, abs, arms and thigh into lean, flexible muscles as the body moves its way through the water. Just as in weight training the weights are the resistance, in swimming, the water is the resistance. So depending on the type of stroke or leg work you do in the pool, different muscles will be affected.

So why is it important to give your muscles a workout? Muscle strength and endurance is important no matter how old you are. As children grow, their muscles develop and play a key role in things such as writing, tossing a ball, walking. As as adults grow older, their muscle mass declines, so maintaining your muscle tone will help make the day-to-day actives like washing the dishes easier as you age. It is especially helpful to those who suffer from osteoporosis as the water resistance provides a less aggressive way to help rebuild the muscle loss associated with the disease.

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