It is important to stay physically active amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Exercise plays an important role during these challenging times when people need a stronger immune system and a way to avoid sudden weight gain. 

One activity that has been getting little attention but could provide many benefits is swimming. It works as both a cardio and a strength workout that requires almost every part of the body to move. 

Swimming has several positive effects on the body, from increased heart rate, more calories burned to weight loss. Doing different strokes and fighting the water’s resistance may also help strengthen muscles.

“Although swimming seems relatively hard and sometimes scary, it’s one of the best cardiovascular workouts anyone of any age can do,” Kris Gagne, senior swim coach for Life Time and a U.S. registered and ASCA certified swim coach, told Women's Health. “It’s an aerobic workout that helps strengthen the heart muscle, and it’s easy on your joints, too, since the water will support 90 percent of your body weight.”

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