I don’t have many options for exercise at the moment-so swimming it is! I started to do my research on what benefits swimming has for runners. As you can properly assume there are a ton of great perks for runners.
1-No Impact!!!! This is a total win for me right now. Running can put a lot of impact on the body particularly the joints.
2-Breathing Control. Proper swim technique forces rhythmic breathing. When you are swimming you have no choice, but to have your breathing under control and this can translate to running which will allow for a more smooth and efficient run.
3-Flexibility. Swimming allow the upper and lower body to develop flexibility and strengthen ligaments throughout the body that will in turn be of assistance in running (ankles and hip flexors).
4-Burns Calories! Swimming is a full body workout. Working arms, legs, back, core, and shoulders. While swimming provides resistance training for your entire body helping burn calories during your swim and even hours after!
So even though I am struggling mentally and physically not being able to run or bike I am starting to appreciate the pool a little more.