Swimming is often viewed as being a good workout, as it is one of the few that works the whole body. It often works the shoulders, arms, back, legs and buttocks.
The intensity of the workout received from swimming depends upon the exercises performed. Swimming at a faster pace has cardiovascular benefits on top of the muscle workout. If a person is recovering from an injury, he can use swimming as a way to get daily exercise and to build the strength needed for recovery. Swimming also serves as an excellent form of warming up and cooling down before and after an intense workout.