In Florida, we don’t have to look far to find a good place to exercise. Most likely, there’s a pool in your backyard or around the corner.

So what are some of the benefits of swimming? The Centers for Disease Control says,"Swimming is the third most popular sports activity in the United States and is a good way to get regular aerobic activity. Just two-and-a-half hours per week of aerobic activity, such as swimming, biking or running, can reduce the risk of chronic illness. This can also lead to improved health for people with diabetes and heart disease. Swimmers have about half the risk of death compared with inactive people."

Other benefits of exercising in the water are:

  • You can exercise longer without increased joint or muscle pain.
  • For people with arthritis, it improves the range of motion of affected joints and decreases pain.
  • Swimming is low impact, so it doesn't strain your lower joints as intensely as running and walking.
  • It's good for your lungs.
  • Swimming is relaxing and can be a form of stress relief.
  • It promotes recovery post-back surgery.

Nicola V Hawkins, who is a nurse practioner, says, " Swimming incorporates your arms and legs, giving you a total body workout in an almost weightless environment. The water will support your body weight, so your back won't be carrying as much weight as you work out."

My 86-year-old mother swims and does water-based exercises daily in her condo pool. She likes to swim in the early evening when the water is warm and the sun isn't as bright. I like swimming laps in my health club pool once a week. I can really build up a sweat!

Most health clubs have pools. So do condo buildings, YMCA's and community centers. I am sure there's a pool near you!

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Sibyl

Sibyl Adams, Seniority Matters’ featured fitness blogger, has spent three decades in the health and fitness field. She began competing in local body building events in 1980, and by 1983, she was second in her weight class in the International Arm Wresting Championships in San Jose, Costa Rica. Sibyl remained active in the body-building scene for more than a decade, while also teaching aerobics and running races. She retired from body building in 1990, but continued running competitively until 2004, when she suffered an ankle injury.

Today, Sibyl works full-time as a personal fitness trainer and is president of her own company, A Personal Touch Fitness. She is a certified Reiki master, a National Council on Strength and Fitness (NCSF) Certified Trainer, and is currently pursuing a certification in yoga. She enjoys swimming, power-walking and playing with her grandchildren.


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