After walking, swimming is the second most popular sports activity in the United
States, and swimmers have half the risk of death than people who are inactive according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Regular aerobic activity for just 2 1/2 hours a week decreases the risk for chronic illnesses. Swimming is the most recommended exercise for people suffering from arthritis, plus it improves or maintains bone health for post-menopausal women. Additionally, the CDC reports that water exercise also improves quality of life for older adults.
Swimming does more that improve physical health, it can also improve mental health by
decreasing anxiety and depression.
According to the CDC, “Exercising in water offers many physical and mental health benefits and is a good choice for people who want to be more active.” For more about the health benefits of water exercise, go to: