Any safe exercise that you enjoy is “good” exercise, swimming offers some unique benefits. The gravity-defying power of water provides a cushion that protects joints, bones, and muscles from the wear and tear of typical land-based exercise. That can be especially helpful for people who have osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia, or any other condition that can be aggravated by higher-impact exercise, as well as those who are overweight or obese. Swimming has been shown to lower blood pressure, improve lung capacity, and ease back pain. In one study, people with arthritis who swam got the same or better cardiovascular and anti-inflammatory benefits as those who cycled. Like other forms of exercise, swimming is great for your mental health, too. Some research even suggests that people enjoy swimming more than other forms of exercise, perhaps because the soothing nature of water and the rhythmic back and forth in a pool can make for a uniquely relaxing experience. Knowing proper form and breathing techniques is essential for getting the hang of swimming, so find an instructor if your skills are rusty, and avoid injury or burnout by building up your time in the pool gradually.
Source: Effects of Swimming and Cycling Exercise Intervention on Vascular Function in Patients With Osteoarthritis
“A huge part of swimming for me is I love it, and it is so much fun.” Missy Franklin