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Swimming makes my heart pitter-patter!

We all know that swimming for exercise is great to burn calories and great cardiovascular exercise; but how great is it?  How does it compare to the weight loss go-to…running.  I have to admit I was surprised.

For me personally, I run because it burns calories to keep my clothes fitting.  Not because I love feeling the pavement under my feet or   the sweat running down my back.  Swimming though…I love swimming!  It is relaxing, calming, and you don’t feel so nasty and sweaty afterwards.   Every time I decide I am gonna use my time at the gym swimming, I feel like I am indulging and then feel guilty that I did not run off 400 calories on the treadmill.  Well, that is all gone now!

Why is swimming so amazing?

Swimming works your cardiovascular system and therefore makes your body more efficient at using oxygen…which makes your heart work easier.   As you get better and can swim longer your resting heart rate will get better too!    When you are swimming you are working every single muscle which will tone and strengthen your muscles.   There is also a low risk of injury because you are not straining joint or ligaments.   Not to mention the healing properties that water seems to give.  But this tops the cake!  Did you know…and I admit I did not.   Swimming can burn the same amount of calories that running at 6 mph!  SERIOUSLY!  On a great day I run 9 or 10 mph…and that’s bookin it :).

For me, swimming is now a huge part of  my workout routine!  I would love to hear your swimming experiences!

Have a Heart Healthy Day!

Kristi Krouse

About kristi

Kristi Krouse owns Heart Smart CPR, an American Heart Association Training Site in Austin Texas. The purpose of Heart Smart CPR is to teach individuals life-saving skills for both medical and non-medical providers in a relaxed yet concise manor. Kristi is dedicated to helping to get everyone certified by their deadline.

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