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Fit Tip: Hit the Water

With the aim of helping faculty, staff and students "Get Your 150" (minutes of recommended exercise a week) to improve health and wellness, the Gazette and Athletics and Recreation will be offering Fit Tips each week.

Swimming offers something no other aerobic exercise does: the ability to do more for your workout with less impact on your body. When the body is submerged all the way to the neck, it automatically becomes 90 per cent lighter and you only have to bear 10 per cent of your own weight. This means that the pool provides an ideal place to work stiff muscles and sore joints, especially if you're overweight or suffer from arthritis. 

In addition to toning muscles like pectorals, triceps and quads, the aerobic aspect of swimming serves to strengthen the heart and can burn up to 680 calories per hour.

The Athletics and Recreation Centre (ARC) offers several options to make a splash in your workout with lane swims, private swim lessons, masters programs, adult stroke improvement, women’s only swim times and daily recreational swimming. 

For more information on our Aquatics Centre please visit gogaelsgo.com/aquatics.