As you will all know by now, my Daughter C has a chronic illness. She is currently still bedbound due to a number of reasons.
We have been referred to physiotherapy, but due to how bad she currently is, we have had to postpone it as she is just too ill. But we have talked about getting back into swimming. Even if she just manages 5-10 minutes in the water to start with and then increase as we go along.
C always loved swimming before she became ill. We used to go weekly and as she grew more confident and left me standing, I could swim and do my bit of exercise while she swam and dived under water.
Why Is Swimming A Good Form Of Exercise
There are also huge benefits to swimming, especially to those who can only do low impact exercise. Swimming
- builds endurance, muscle strength and cardiovascular fitness
- helps maintain a healthy weight, heart and lungs
- keeps your heart rate up but takes some of the impact stress off your body
- tones muscles and builds strength
- provides an all over body workout, as nearly all of your muscles are used during swimming
So for anyone suffering with an illness and looking for low impact exercise swimming is the way to go. She suffers pains in her legs, and at times her legs just do not work, which is why she is wheelchair bound when we are out. And the water will help her.
With this in mind and once she has adjusted to her new medication, we are going to start swimming, which means we need swimwear.
I have been looking online as I wanted to get decent swimwear that you feel secure in, and have been looking at Speedo swimsuits for both of us, they really have some lovely designs at the moment.
Have you found swimming help you through an illness?