As a low-impact exercise, swimming can easily be performed by most everyone. Children, adults and the elderly can all reap the benefits of swimming.
Children benefit from the physical activity provided by swimming for growth and development. Additionally, USA Swimming reports there is less injury risk associated with children who swim compared with other sports.
Adults may benefit from swimming because it’s a whole-body workout that provides both strength and aerobic exercise. Swimming is a convenient way for this age group to get sufficient exercise in one workout. Elderly people who swim experience improvements in quality of life, as they are able to maintain their strength for improved health and reduced incidence of injury, which gives them greater independence. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says post-menopausal women can improve and maintain the health of their bones through swimming. Individuals of all ages, who have chronic conditions such as arthritis, muscle and joint pain, can participate in swimming without further exacerbating their conditions because there is minimal impact on the body.