Five Reasons to Swim for Exercise

UW Health Sports Medicine Fitness Center offers five reasons to swim for  exercise


UW Health offers a wide range of exercise and physical activity options, including swimming offerings at both the Research Park Fitness Center and UW Health at The American Center locations.


Swimming for Exercise

Why should you swim? Here are five good reasons:
  • Swimming is an amazing total body aerobic workout. Swimming forces you to use your entire body to propel yourself through the water. Not only do your arms and legs work to perform the "obvious" propulsion, but your core muscles (abdominals, back, butt) are constantly working. The core muscle involvement becomes an essential component of more efficient swimmers.

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    Research Park

    (608) 265-8350, ext. 1
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    The American Center

    (608) 440-6496

    Email The American Center Aquatic Center


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  • Swimming has minimal impact on your joints. Swimming is a nonimpact sport that will not put any stress on your knees, hips, feet or other weight-bearing joints. Swimming allows you to build muscular strength and endurance while getting a great cardiovascular workout, all of this without any further wear and tear on your joints.

  • You control the intensity of your workout. You can increase or decrease your pace, use different strokes and perform special sets (e.g., kicking) to customize your workout to meet the desired intensity.

  • Swimming is a life skill. Swimming is an activity that you will be able to perform throughout your life regardless of your age. If you spend time near water, swimming should be considered a vital skill as well.

  • Swimming is fun. Many activities incorporate swimming (boating, beach days, pool visits, water games, triathlons, etc.). Swimming will allow you to participate in any water environment recreation without reservation. Swimming more efficiently and confidently will make these activities more enjoyable than ever.

Swimming Programs at UW Health


Whether you're a novice swimmer acclimating to the water and learning the basics or you're looking to compete in your first triathlon, UW Health has a program to help you meet your goal. Among the many aquatic programs offered at both Research Park and The American Center locations are:

  • Swimming Lessons: Whether you are a beginner looking to learn the basics, or an advanced competitor in search of improved technique/stroke refinement, our experienced instructors can take you to the next level of swimming efficiency.

  • Learn to Swim: Swim 101 is the perfect small class environment for improving your individual swim stroke. Each participant receives individual assessment of their stroke strengths and weaknesses.

  • Masters Swim Class: Our experienced coaches will challenge you with creative workouts while your classmates will motivate you to be your best.

  • Swim Fit Independent Lap Swimming: Swim Fit is the opportunity to swim laps during select times during the week. Optional sample workouts are available to help swimmers improve performance and stay motivated.

  • Swimmers Clinic: UW Health Sports Medicine Sports Rehabilitation offers a Swimmers Clinic for the competitive swimmer to help athletes address injuries and improve swimming performance.

Swim classes at Research Park | Swim classes at UW Health at The American Center | Swimmers Clinic


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Research Park

The American Center