Some myeloma patients enjoy running or walking, some enjoy yoga or weight lifting. Choosing exercises that fit the patient's needs and abilities is most important. But many forget that swimming can be used not only as recreation, but as a fantastic workout as well.
Swimming has been found to provide benefits that most other forms of exercise don't offer.
Some benefits of swimming:
- Controls weight
- Lowers blood pressure
- Is a cardio and strength training activity at the same time
- Strengthens the heart and other muscles
- Increases white blood cell production
- Increases appetite to a healthy level
- Lessens impact on the body (water buoyancy means body doesn't support it's own weight)
- Keeps body cool during workout
- Increases flexibility
- Reduces anxiety and depression
- Increases energy
When starting any new exercise routine, check with your doctor first. A local gym or pool can be a great way to get started and experience the countless benefits of swimming. Swim groups are also an option in many locations. Remember, any type of exercise is a success. Do what you can do and never compare yourself to others. Just do your best!
To find sample swimming workouts, check out these links:
- 3 Swimming Workouts for Every Skill Level
- Insider's Guide to Swimming: Pool Workout
- 100 Swimming Workouts
- 8-Week Swimming Training Program for Beginners
Read the full article on intheswim.com.
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