Did you know that swimming is the second most popular sports activity in America? Like walking, swimming burns calories without causing undue strain on the body. Swimmers generally live longer and suffer from fewer health problems than inactive people. Swimming can improve both mental and physical well being. As such, it’s ideal for people with chronic ailments like arthritis and fibromyalgia, in addition to those with anxiety disorders and physical disabilities. Swimming is also a pleasant and safe exercise for pregnant women, not to mention a welcome relief from the effects of gravity.