Six Reasons Why You Should Make a Splash this Winter

Health Writer

Cross training should be part of all fitness plans. Below are six reasons why swimming is a great choice for at least some of your winter workouts.

  1. Swimming can keep you from slipping on the ice this winter. About 25 percent of us, across all age groups, reported falling down sometime in the last two years. The majority of younger people report falling while running and older people report falling while walking. In a Swedish study, young men and older women were most likely to fall on ice, with half of the falls resulting in fractures. Bottom line: It does not matter your age or gender, slipping on the ice can cause serious injury.

  2. Swimming is a whole-body exercise (meaning it uses a variety of different muscles). It also provides your body with a wide range of motions and stretches that feel great and that you will not get from simply running or cycling.

  3. It doesn't matter what the weather is outside, you can still do the workout you planned. Many who are training for spring marathons or other endurance events are on a pretty tight workout schedule this winter. When your workout is planned to take place in an indoor pool, you can be sure that the work you need to get in will happen despite what Old Man Winter is dishing out.

  1. Swimming helps your body to recover. In a study by the International Journal of Sports Medicine (2010), it was suggested that triathletes who swam after high-intensity runs, recovered faster than those runners who just rested after the runs.

  2. It is generally understood that exercise can improve your mood by increasing your endorphins. But what happens when you are injured? Since swimming is a non-weight bearing activity, you oftentimes can swim through injuries while you are recovering, thereby keeping the endorphins flowing.

  3. Maintaining a healthy body weight in the winter can be challenging. Swimming is a great tool to help you get ready for feeling and looking good this spring. Swimming can burn an average of 600 calories and hour for women and 700 calories an hour for men.