SWIMMING AND WATER GYMNASTICS
Swimming and water gymnastics can be practised by most people regardless of their age, since water has a low impact on the different parts of our body and reduces tension on bones and joints to a minimum. Since it minimises the osteoarticular impact of jumping or racing, water is the medium to which people with osteoarticular and/or muscular pathologies can most easily adapt.
Now that many of us are going to be at the seaside or near a pool, we suggest you take advantage, since the main benefits of swimming are that:
- It provides good aerobic resistance.
- It reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease.
- It develops the strength and stamina of most muscle groups.
- It strengthens joint tissues, thus reducing the possibility of injuries.
- It improves body posture.
However, swimming and water gymnastics are not the be all and end all. They’re obviously very complete activities, but when we have very specific aims (such as high sports performance, rehabilitation and readapting to effort), it’s important to realise that more analytical, specific kinds of workout that swimming does not provide are also necessary. What we mean is that it’s important to understand that although it is the most all-round sport, not all physical activity begins and ends with swimming.
Having said that, it’s an exceptionally good way to get fit, and to fight off the heat of summer as well!