What is Swimming?

Category: Exercises

Most popular types: Swimming with weights Swim in Cool Pool Swim in warm pool

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Swimming is the movement through water, usually without artificial assistance. Swimming is an activity that can be both useful and recreational.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
General health 134 46
Stiffness/spasticity 58 27
Improve mobility 26 12
Fibromyalgia 24 9
Multiple sclerosis 15 3
Parkinson's disease 10 5

Show all 47 reasons taken


  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 3
Moderate 10
Mild 10
None 72

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Swimming

Side effect Patients
Post exertional fatigue or malaise 5
Fatigue 2
Abdominal cramps 1
Cool environment trigger 1
Dry hair 1
Dry skin 1

Show all 17 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently doing Swimming

Dosage Patients
3 hr weekly 5
as needed 5
daily 4
weekly 3
45 min m,w,f 2
60 min m,w,f 2
60 min daily 2
30minutes as needed 2
2 hr every 12 weeks 1
1 hr weekly 1

See all 22 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Swimming

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Reason Patients
Other 29
Side effects too severe 10
Expense 8
I didn't have enough time 7
Did not seem to work 2
Course of treatment ended 1
See all 51 patients who've stopped doing Swimming

Duration

Currently doing Swimming

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 2
6 months - 1 year 2
1 - 2 years 1
2 - 5 years 4
5 - 10 years 12
10 years or more 17

Stopped doing Swimming

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 3
1 - 6 months 15
6 months - 1 year 10
1 - 2 years 10
2 - 5 years 6
5 - 10 years 3
10 years or more 5
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 31
Usually 40
Sometimes 17
Never taken as prescribed 7
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 9
Somewhat hard to take 15
A little hard to take 31
Not at all hard to take 40
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 1
$50-99 21
$25-49 26
< $25 26
Not specified 21
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14 patient evaluations for Swimming

Dec 7, 2016 (Started Dec 02, 1991)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for General health)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 35 min Every Other Week
Advice & Tips: In the last two years it has been more difficult to swim my preferred workout length. I now swim 1X per week for about 600- 700 ysd/
Cost: $50-99 monthly

Jul 13, 2011 (Started Dec 02, 1991)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for General health)
  • Side effects
    Moderate
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 30 min M,W,F
Cost: $50-99 monthly

May 3, 2011 (Started Dec 02, 1991)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for General health)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 30 min M,W,F
Advice & Tips: Up to the point of aching joints, the more I swim the better I feel!!!
Cost: $50-99 monthly

Mar 26, 2010 (Started Dec 02, 1991)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for General health)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 3 other Daily
Advice & Tips: I like the social benefits as well as the physical benefits. I find my endurance is not as great as a year ago.
Cost: $50-99 monthly

Dec 8, 2009 (Started Dec 02, 1991)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for General health)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 3 other Daily
Advice & Tips: Whatever exercise you ENJOY, do that one, even if it means skipping some other exercise. If you enjoy your exercise you are much more likely to continue doing it. The real benefits from exercise accrue when you continue it for a very long time (many years) and when you do it very vigorously. I believe swimming has moderated or minimized my symptoms over the last 12-15 years.
Cost: $50-99 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Oct 22, 2016 (Started Jan 04, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for stiffness/spasticity)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 2 hr Every 12 Weeks
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Feb 22, 2016 (Started Mar 18, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for weight loss)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for stiffness/spasticity)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for fibromyalgia)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Cost: $25-49 monthly

Dec 3, 2015 (Started Mar 18, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for weight loss)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for stiffness/spasticity)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for fibromyalgia)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 45 min M,W,F
Cost: $25-49 monthly

Mar 18, 2015 (Started Mar 18, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for weight loss)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for stiffness/spasticity)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for fibromyalgia)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 45 min M,W,F
Cost: $25-49 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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