July 19, 2011
Health Tip: Swim to Get Fit
But take precautions to prevent injury
(HealthDay News) -- Though swimming is a low-impact aerobic exercise, it's important to protect yourself from injury.
The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons offers these suggestions:
- Before you hit the water, warm up with jumping jacks, walking, or stationary cycling.
- After you're warmed up, stretch slowly and gently before you swim.
- Perform regular exercises that help strengthen muscles in the upper back and shoulders.
- Stick to light and easy swimming if you have an ear infection, respiratory infection or a fever.