It's the beginning of the year, and that means everyone and their best friend is back at the gym. It's loud. It's crowded. It's buzzing with resolutions and goals and exciting energy. But while we're all for people getting healthy and prioritizing exercise, it can be exhausting dealing with the crowds.
That's why we decided to switch it up this week and try something new; we hopped in the pool. And to our surprise, we had the best (and hardest) week of workouts. So much so, that we're making swimming a part of our 2020 routine. And we think you should, too. Here are a few of the reasons why:
1. Swimming is Excellent for Cardio and Strength Training
If you're looking to maximize your time in the gym, the pool may be the best place. Because swimming is a full-body workout, you're literally exercising all of your muscles at once. Additionally, swimming is excellent for cardio and works your heart and endurance.
2. Swimming is a Zero Impact Workout
We're all about low and zero-impact workouts in 2020; an essential part of caring for your body is protecting your joints. And swimming does just that. Because of the buoyancy in the water, exercising in the pool puts minimal pressure on your bones and joints. Whether you're recovering from injury or just looking to take it easy as we enter the new year, the pool is the place. Try aqua jogging this weekend or join a water aerobics class for a new and exciting cardio routine.
3. Swimming Benefits Your Body AND Your Mind
Another thing we love about swimming? The pool is quiet. Unlike the weight and cardio areas of the gym, there isn't any music or chatter underwater. While this may seem insignificant, it can actually be incredibly beneficial for your mental and emotional health. Because how much noise do we hear throughout the day? Reset your mind and enjoy some peace while doing an awesome workout.
Swimming Sweat Sesh
Still not convinced the pool is the place to be in 2020? Try this workout for a quick but efficient swimming sweat sesh:
100 m freestyle warm-up
500 m interval freestyle sprints (swim fast for 50 m, recovery for 50 m)
100 m backstroke cool down