By Jessye Gentry |Staff Writer|
“An easy swim burns around 500 calories an hour, while a vigorous effort can torch almost 700,” according to Women’s Health.
Here at CSUSB we have our very own pool located behind the Physical Education building.
Spending time in the pool is great exercise.
There are many different types of water exercises from simply swimming laps to more strenuous water aerobics.
Water exercises are not only a fun way to get in shape and stay in shape, but they also help maintain cardiovascular fitness.
“In swimming, if you aren’t moving constantly, you’re sinking, [which forces a cardio workout],” stated swimming and triathlon coach Earl Walton.
Water exercise provides many physical and mental benefits, according to the U.S. Water Fitness Association (USWFA).
It improves strength, relieves stress, makes you smarter and helps with weight control, all with a lower risk of being injured.
“Water is about 800 times denser than air, so your muscles are under constant resistance,” stated Walton.
Being submerged in water dulls the amount of sensory information that bombards your body, helping to bring on feelings of calm, according to a study published in Pain Research & Management.
Blood flow to the brain increased by up to 14 percent when men submerged themselves in water up to their hearts, according to a Journal of Physiology study.
“In addition to blasting calories as you swim, you build lean muscle, which ignites your metabolism so that you burn more calories once you’ve showered and dried off,” stated Yeager.
Water basically neutralizes gravity, so you become virtually weightless when immersed, giving your joints a much needed vacation, according to Women’s Health.
For those who cannot swim, CSUSB offers swimming lessons for kids and adults.
“I love seeing the improvements on my student’s swimming skills! Seeing people overcome their fear of swimming is awesome! Everyone can swim,” stated student and lifeguard Carolyn Le on the Rec Center website.
Student Natalie Lu is a lifeguard for the CSUSB pool.
”I love making sure people are safe and having fun at the pool. I love teaching people how to swim and watching them grow as amazing swimmers,” stated Lu on the Rec Center website.
Lifeguards in San Bernardino County make anywhere between $10 to $12 according to PayScale.com.
Our CSUSB lifeguards enjoy their jobs and being poolside.
”I love anything to do with water so the fact I get to be on a pool deck and swim on my breaks makes me happy. I also love watching little kids being able to learn how to swim,” stated CSUSB lifeguard Amanda Bryan.
Go to CSUSB Rec Center Aquatics webpage for more information about the swimming lessons and pool hours.