Stay Healthy with Swimming

Aside from being fun, swimming is an effective form of exercise to keep bodies healthy. Swimming has countless benefits to overall health:

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Physical Benefits

  • Maintains healthy weight
  • Boosts muscular flexibility
  • Strengthens heart muscle
  • Enhances flexibility and strength
  • Builds up endurance
  • Promotes muscular balance
  • Improves the physique
  • Augments circulation
  • Enhances ability to control

Social Benefits

  • Promotes excitement and fun
  • Family bonding time
  • Socialize with others
  • Swimming with a team promotes interpersonal relationship

Psychological Benefits

  • Develops a positive attitude
  • Boosts self-confidence
  • Helps teach patience
  • Releases tension
  • Alleviates stress
  • Rejuvenates energy

Strategies to Make Swimming More Exciting

Start slowly

Starting slow helps swimmers acclimate to water temperatures. Diving immediately in the pool can cause shock. Enter slowly, enjoy some wading, and warm up the joints first by starting slow.

Learn various swimming strokes

Learning different strokes can be a great way to keep motivated and excited for long-term swimming participation.

Prepare swimming routines

It’s human nature to prefer structure. By preparing a routine swimming workout regimen, you’ll have a plan to look forward to and structure to keep you moving forward. If you can find a buddy to join in your exercise routine, you’ll have yet one more reason to get to the pool!

About The Author

Stuart H. Agren, M.D.

Stuart H. Agren, M.D. completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Utah and went on to earn his Doctor of Medicine from Tulane University School of Medicine in 1974. He completed additional training at L.D.S. Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah and then established his private medical practice starting in 1975. Dr. Agren completed a mini-residency in Industrial Medicine at the Robert Johnson School of Medicine at Rutgers University and also completed training to become a certified Medical Review Officer.

Dr. Agren was the Medical Director at TRW and McDonnell Douglas in Mesa, Arizona and at Stauffer Chemical and Kennecott Copper in Salt Lake City, Utah. He also served as an adjunct faculty member at Arizona State University.

In his private medical practice, Dr. Agren specialized in family practice and allergy. In his work as a private practice allergist, he was one of the first doctors in the country to prescribe sublingual immunotherapy to his patients as an alternative to subcutaneous immunotherapy (allergy shots). He has also been a trailblazer in the field of food allergy treatment and research, developing a program to treat multiple food allergies simultaneously using sublingual immunotherapy. Dr. Agren has been featured on local CBS, NBC, and ABC news affiliates and won the peer-nominated “Top Doc” award from Phoenix Magazine.

After 20 years in private practice, Dr. Agren became the Founder and President of AllergyEasy, which helps primary care physicians around the country offer allergy testing and sublingual immunotherapy treatment to their patients. Over 200 physicians in over 32 states use the AllergyEasy program to help their patients overcome environmental and food allergies and asthma.