Take the splash: Campus Rec encourages swimming

SwimmingTreadmill. Bicycle. Dumbbells. Weight machines. Getting bored with your daily workout routine?

Maybe it’s time to switch things up.

If you’re looking for a total-body workout that allows you to burn more calories while protecting your body from damage that could be caused from traditional workouts, try swimming at Gabel Pool.

Swimming is a joint-friendly, total-body workout. If you’re an enthusiastic exerciser, you can take it easy on your body by swimming and still burning those calories. An hour of moderate swimming can burn around 500 calories. This revs up your metabolism, continuing the burn well after you’ve gotten out of the water.

And, while burning calories, swimming maximizes your cardio because more breath control is needed compared to running. This increases your body’s demand for oxygen and causes your muscles to work harder.

While there are several health benefits to exercise, it is important to remember to have fun with your workouts. Swimming and jumping into a pool is fun. Grab some friends to join you or have your own escape to get away from technology and television recaps and just focus on your workout.

As a part of Campus Recreation, Gabel Hall Pool is available for all students and members; all you need is your OneCard or member pass for entry.

Lap Swim

  • Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 6 to 8 a.m.
  • Monday through Friday: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Saturday: 9 a.m. to noon
  • Sunday: CLOSED

Open/Lap Swim

  • Tuesday through Thursday: 5 to 7 p.m.

For more information, call (815) 753-9360 or email scoleman7@niu.edu.

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