Swimming a great, low impact exercise

Those searching for a way to maintain an active lifestyle while staying cool this summer should look no further than swimming. According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, experts say that swimming is one of the best all-around exercises.

Swimming can be especially beneficial to the older population, the news source reports, because it's low impact nature can be good for those who have developed joint problems.

Swimming a great, low impact exercise While it is a great way to stay active, Anthony Breitbach, director of athletic training education at St. Louis University recommends changing up the style of swimming to avoid injury.

"From a training standpoint, swimming has a more-is-better philosophy," he says. "It's one of those things where you need to keep at it, but also have balance. You can't keep doing only one thing over and over again, because it'll predispose you to overuse injuries"

The American Heart Association says that practicing an active lifestyle can significantly reduce the risk of developing potentially life-threatening conditions, such as obesity, coronary artery disease and high blood pressure. Staying active can also minimize the chances of having a stroke.

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