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Swimming, on the contrary, can help combat and heal these injuries. Not only is swimming great for your joints and muscles, it is also great for preventing diseases. It is known that swimming can greatly reduce the risk of chronic diseases including type 2 diabetes, strokes, and heart disease. (“How Many Calories Does Swimming Burn?”) According to the American Heart Association, swimming just 30 minutes a day can “reduce your risk of coronary heart disease by 30-40%.” (Issam) Swimming does this by strengthening every muscle in your body, including the heart itself. By swimming regularly as exercise, you can lower cholesterol and reduce inflammation and blood pressure.
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