Swimmers gain muscle strength throughout the entire body and utilize more muscle groups to move through the water. While the legs kick, the arms pull. As the back reaches and rotates, the stomach tightens to power the legs and stabilize the core, making swimming one of the best aerobic exercises to give you a total body workout. Swimming requires you to reach, stretch, twist, and pull your way through the water and in addition to the happy hormones, you also can feel a relaxation response similar to yoga. And if you’re feeling a bit shy, the door to the change rooms is directly adjacent to the end of the pool — just pop out the door and down the ladder! Feeling motivated to grab those goggles now? The water’s great — jump on in!