Get In The Swim, San Antonio!

Jun 15, 2009 | Fitness, June 2009

Dive into fitness this summer

By Bonny Osterhage

When temperatures soar in South Texas, many of us turn to the neighborhood pool for some relief. But rather than just utilizing the pool for a heat reprieve, why not use it as a wonderful addition, or warm weather alternative, to your existing exercise regimen?

You can get a fantastic cardio and strength-training workout in the water without putting excessive stress and strain on your joints.

Why is swimming so effective? Water provides more than 700 times more resistance than air.

Why does that matter? Because it is like adding a full set of weights to any cardiovascular workout.  It’s like getting a two for one — all without significantly raising your body temperature!

The best part is that almost anyone can perform water exercises. All you need is a pool and a willingness to try something new.  Most gyms even offer water aerobics for all fitness levels to get you started.

So go ahead: Dive in to a new form of fitness this summer!

South Texas Fitness & Health