After a heavy session at the gym or a long run, you can be left with sore joints and stiff muscles. One of the benefits of swimming is that you can have a full body workout without placing significant loads on your bones and muscles.
When you’re in a swimming pool up to your waist, your body is 50% lighter and up to your neck, it is 90% lighter. This means that you can fill your rest days with a light swim and workout in the pool which will also help to loosen those tight muscles and joints.
Unlike most exercises which concentrate on just one area of the body, swimming can help your joints and ligaments to remain healthy, strong, and flexible. Your arms, hips, legs, head and back are put through their paces with each and every stroke and if doing front crawl, by stretching forward to propel yourself through the water, you’re stretching yourself from head to toe.