Swimming is the Best Exercise for the Lungs

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swimming lung exersiceHealthy conditions of the lungs is very influential for the respiratory and circulatory systems throughout the body. For that reason, people should stay away from habits that can aggravate their lungs like smoking, and do exercise that is best for the lungs that is swimming.

According to the American Lung Association, human being takes about 20,000 breaths per day. Every breath that enters will go through the respiratory system of the nose, throat, trachea and lungs. Oxygen from the breath will be channeled through the blood vessels and into each cell.

Professor Jeremy Barnes said that certain exercises can make someone do much better in transporting and using oxygen. A proper exercise like swimming can increase the volume of blood so more oxygen enters the lungs and muscles and will be more efficient in the release of carbon dioxide.

“The environment around the pool makes the oxygen delivery systems becomes better when someone is lying,” said Jim Miller, one of the team physician member for the U.S. swimmer, according to Livestrong.

This is because while swimming, people actually at the same time does breathing exercises like taking, holding and exhaling breath that functions to improve the effectiveness of the lungs so they can work more optimal and healthy.

Swimming also has other health benefits like providing an excellent cardiovascular workout that can strengthen the heart muscle and improve oxygen delivery to different body parts.

Swimming can also increase strength and flexibility, muscular endurance and balance, help get a better physical posture, it is also a fast and effective drug in terms of muscle healing.

The positive side of swimming as an exercise are as follow:

1. The ability to burn 350-700 calories per hour

2. This exercise has minimal injury risk, it has a lower risk of impact on the limbs, joints and muscles because of the support from water. Studies show exercise in waist-high water will reduce stress on joints by 50 percent, if the height is at the same level as the chest, it can reduce stress on joints by 75 percent. This makes swimming good for people who are recovering from injuries.

3. Swimming provides benefits for the body as a whole, but consistently able to build up the density of the legs, back, shoulder and arm muscles.

4. Swimming also have cardiac benefits as it trains the body to use oxygen efficiently.

5. Swimming is considered to be cheap in terms of equipment, what is needed is only an easy access to get into the pool.

4. Swimming is not recommended for people who are phobic to water.

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