News - 8th June 2017
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Everybody in the Pool!

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When the temperature rises, there’s nothing like a dip in the pool to cool off and get some healthy exercise. Swimming works out the whole body, yet it’s easy on the joints because the water supports some of your weight. Whether you’re a beginner who wants to increase your physical activity or an athlete who wants to gain strength and aerobic conditioning, swimming and other water activities can help you reach your goals.

 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, swimming and exercising in the water can decrease the risk of chronic illnesses and lead to improved health for people with diabetes and heart disease. For people with arthritis, exercising in the water improves the use of affected joints without making symptoms worse.

 

Physical activity can also be part of a healthy lifestyle that may help reduce your risk of developing some types of cancer. The American Cancer Society recommends that adults get at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity activity (like swimming) each week.

 

If you plan to use an outdoor pool, remember to take steps to protect yourself from sunburn. The American Cancer Society recommends a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or higher. Put more on at least every 2 hours, and after swimming or sweating.

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