Learn the Benefits of This Exercise

Elwanda Tulloch

What equipment do I need for swimming?

Swimsuit

You’ll need a swimsuit unless you plan on skinny-dipping! Like many other things, technology has entered the swimsuit arena as well. Fabrics are designed for minimal resistance through the water, they tend to last a long time, and they resist fading even when used repeatedly in chlorinated pools. Of course, not all of us would be comfortable in the skimpy racing suits that you see Olympians wear, but the good news is that you can find more modest suits at sporting goods and department stores as well as through a number of online vendors (see the resources section). Comfort is the most important quality in selecting a swimsuit. You’re less likely to swim if you’re uncomfortable in your suit.

Goggles

Goggles protect your eyes from chlorine (and anything else that may be in the water), and they help you keep your eyes

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Health Benefits of Swimming

Elwanda Tulloch

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,

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