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Health & Exercise Tips for All Ages


Why Choose Swimming?

Want to get fit and lead a healthier lifestyle?  Do you have arthritis, multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia, or just plain soreness throughout your body?  Water is a great way to help soothe these issues.  This page is designed to give you tips and links to websites we think may be helpful to you.water2

Regular swimming builds endurance, muscle strength, and cardio-vascular fitness. Kicking workouts, water aerobics, pool running, or a regular swimming workout can all give you a great exercise session without the weight of your body pounding you with each move.  After a land workout, swimming a few laps can help you cool-down, move blood through your muscles to help them recover, and help you relax as you glide through the water.

Thomas Physical Therapy has provided us with some great tips on stretching and basic water exercises.
You can contact them at (386) 257-2672, they are located at 100 Professional Blvd, Daytona Beach. Website

Swimming BURNS CALORIES at a rate of about 3 calories a mile per pound of bodyweight.  If you weigh 150 lbs and it takes you 30 minutes to swim one mile, then you will be using about 900 calories in one hour.

Psychological Benefits

Benefits of Aquatic Activities

Fascinating Fact about Aquatic Exercise

Aqua heart rates are 13% or 17 beats per minute lower in water than heart rates during comparable land exercise.

Why is my heart rate lower in water than on land?

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There are Five Theories:

The following Links have very helpful information:

Volusia County Health Department has some great pool safety videos

Fibromyalgia Pain
Water Safety Tips
Health Benefits of Swimming
Multiple Sclerosis
Calorie Counters

Downfall......
Swimming is not good for losing a lot of weight.  While you do burn a lot of calories, once you get out of the pool much of that calorie burning stops.  Why???  Because when you are in the pool you don't heat up as much as you do on land, and your body does not have to work to cool you down as much once the exercise session concludes.  Swimming does exercise almost the entire body - heart, lungs, and muscles - with very little joint strain.  It is great for general fitness, just not a great way to drop excess pounds.

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Last Updated: 6/13/14