This is a guest post from Becky Flanigan. I have a post coming out soon about 5 foods for great heart health, so this one seemed appropriate! Plus, I love swimming. Take it away, Becky!
For those who want to have their exercise routine help maintain a healthy heart, consider the pool. Swimming is a great way to get yourself in shape, which will translate into a heart that has to work less during everyday life. Here are some things to consider:
Excellent cardiovascular conditioning
Swimming improves the body’s use of oxygen, without overworking your heart, and provides an excellent resource for cardiovascular conditioning. There are many other benefits to time spent in the water, like weight loss, but where the health of your heart is concerned, swimming is superb. As you begin to work out in the pool and build your endurance, your resting heart rate, along with your respiratory rate, will be reduced. That means blood flow to the heart and lungs will be more efficient, and will also reduce the risk of chronic illnesses. Here are some excellent resources with more information: