How It Works
If you don’t love working up a sweat but do love the benefits of a cardio workout, swimming may be your ideal match.
The water keeps you cool, even as your heart gets a great workout. You’ll probably be able to keep yourself going for a longer time than if you were running. That’s because it’s fun and gentle on your joints and muscles. The water can also feel relaxing.
Plan on doing 2 1/2 hours of swimming a week. Or mix in swimming with other cardio workouts. You can set your own pace, going as fast as you like.
Most people swim laps in a pool. If you swim in an ocean or lake, make sure you know how to stay safe in open water with currents.
If you don’t already know how to swim, there are classes at community pools,