Swim for weight loss

Good Health (Australia) - - Good Fitness -

While swim­ming can feel like a gen­tle pur­suit, it may even be bet­ter for fit­ness and weight con­trol for women aged 50 to 70 than walk­ing, cy­cling or jog­ging. Re­searchers from the Univer­sity of Western Aus­tralia eval­u­ated 120 women and found that, com­pared with walk­ing, swim­ming im­proved body weight, body fat dis­tri­bu­tion and in­sulin in the short-term, and body weight and lipid mea­sures in the longer-term. Swim­ming is also by its very na­ture a non-im­pact ex­er­cise, which makes it eas­ier for peo­ple of all shapes and sizes to ex­ert them­selves reg­u­larly with far lower risk of in­jury. Over the long-term this can re­sult in greater weight loss.

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