“Swimming is a vascular health bonanza,” said David H. Stone, MD, a member of the Society for Vascular Surgery®. “Low-impact swimming provides a total cardiovascular workout. Swimming is an aerobic exercise that can help lower blood pressure and cholesterol. This is vital for people who are at risk for stroke.”
The American Council on Exercise suggests that adults burn 2000 calories a week from exercise. “Regular exercise such as swimming strengthens the heart muscle,” said Dr. Stone. “This results in less effort and a decrease in blood pressure.”
The health benefits of swimming remain as long as the exercise regimen continues. In some cases, exercise can reduce the need for blood pressure medication.
In a 2010 study at the University of Western Australia, 100 women swimmers, ages 50 to 70, lowered their bad cholesterol and lost more inches in the waist and hips than walkers.
Livestrong.com indicates that after 12-14 weeks of an exercise regimen of three to five days a week, 20 to 60 minutes at an intensity of 60 to 90 percent heart rate, bad (LDL) cholesterol can decrease by up to 20 percent. Another bonus: aerobic exercise can increase good (HDL) cholesterol.
For information on vascular health, visit VascularWeb.org®.
About the Society for Vascular Surgery®
The Society for Vascular Surgery® (SVS) is a not-for-profit professional medical society, composed primarily of vascular surgeons, that seeks to advance excellence and innovation in vascular health through education, advocacy, research, and public awareness. SVS is the national advocate for 3,863 specialty-trained vascular surgeons and other medical professionals who are dedicated to the prevention and cure of vascular disease. Visit its Web site at VascularWeb.org®. Follow SVS on Twitter and Facebook.