Swimming is an excellent cardiovascular exercise, but did you know some of the benefits of swimming?
According to the American Lung Association, a person takes 20,000 breaths a day. Imagine having trouble taking in any one of those 20,000 breaths. Swimming is a great way to improve your body’s oxygen use and increase your lung function so you won’t have trouble breathing.
Since the human body has a fixed lung size, there is no way to increase it, however, through exercise like swimming, you can help your body become more proficient at pushing the oxygen through the lungs. Swimming is also good for people who suffer from breathing problems, as there are exercises you can do in the water to help increase your breath capacity — like swimming as far as you can underwater without taking a breath or training your body to take a breath every fourth or fifth stroke instead of every one or every other one.
And just a little tidbit — when a swimmer is in his peak condition, his lungs will use oxygen three times more efficiently than the average person!
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