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Live healthy: swimming - the perfect all-round sport
Sport promotes health: most experts agree on this. Swimming is perfect for that. There is hardly any other sport that does the body so much good. But here too it is important not to overdo it.
Healthy and fit through exercise It is actually known to everyone that you need exercise if you want to stay healthy and fit. In our hectic everyday life with work, family and household, many simply do not find enough time to train several times a week. In this case, you need a sport that addresses as many physical functions and motor skills as possible - and is also gentle. "Swimming meets all of these requirements," explained Elisabeth Graser, lecturer at the German University for Prevention and Health Management / BSA Academy in Saarbrücken, to the dpa news agency.
Hardly any other sport is so good for the body There is hardly any other sport that does the body so much good: "The cardiovascular system is strengthened, the blood circulation is stimulated, the muscles of the entire body strengthened and the coordination trained." the gentle endurance training burns calories and thus prevents overweight and obesity. It also lowers the risk of diabetes, arteriosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) and other diseases. Since the joints do not put unnecessary strain on the joints, there is also a very low risk of injury. "This is precisely why this sport is also suitable for people who want to lose weight and tighten their bodies," explained the fitness specialist.
There is a swimming course for beginners. It is of secondary importance which swimming style you choose: "For beginners, back swimming is particularly recommended." This style is also ideal for people who suffer from back tension, for example. "As with any other sport, it is important to start slowly and gradually improve," says Graser. A swimming course is especially recommended for beginners to learn the right technique. In order to increase your health and fitness in the long term, you have to stay tuned regularly. No miracles can be expected either. You should go swimming twice a week.
No sport in the event of a flu infection. However, other experts are somewhat more critical of swimming. For example, sports expert Professor Ingo Froböse from the Center for Health at the German Sport University in Cologne had declared years ago that the water pressure presses on the vessels, which in turn presses on the heart. Experts generally agree that, despite the health-promoting effects, you shouldn't overdo it with any sport. And in the case of diseases such as a cold, sports should be avoided anyway. After a fever, for example, you should take a break from a flu for at least three days, otherwise the infection can spread to the heart. And this with bad consequences such as rapid heartbeat, chest pain and irregular heartbeat. (ad)
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