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Swimming and water based physical activity

Published: May 25, 2018

Swimming can build cardiovascular fitness
Swimming can build cardiovascular fitness

Swimming is consistently ranked by adults as one of the most popular forms of regular physical activity.

In the past several decades other water based physical activities such as aquacise, aquarobics (aqua aerobics) and water running have also become popular alternatives to land based physical activities such as walking, running and cycling.
Water based physical activities when performed at moderate to vigorous intensities and for 30 minutes or more at each session can provide similar health benefits as land based physical activities.
In some instances, water based physical activity can support and may be superior to land based physical activity.
However, to maximise these health benefits there are several factors to be considered.
This article discusses health benefits, physiological differences between water and land based physical activity, factors to consider when determining if a water based physical activity program is a good fit in your overall physical activity program, and safety.
In this article water based physical activity refers to those activities where your body is mostly submerged in water and that movement through the water is produced by your body.
Health Benefits of water based physical activity
Water based physical activities are associated with the following health benefits:

Water based physical activities can benefit most people and because water based physical activity reduces the load on your skeletal system, this form of activity may be especially beneficial for the elderly, people with skeletal and muscle injuries, and people who find it difficult to perform land based exercise for extended periods of time.

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