Yes, we all love to take a dip into the water whenever we’re near a beach or swimming pool. But evidence shows that incorporating swimming into your normal routine has profound physical and mental health benefits. Here’s the rundown of all the benefits swimming will have on your body and mind.
Total Body Workout
Swimmers gain muscle strength throughout the entire body. Where runners see muscle build in their legs, swimmers utilise more muscle groups to move through the water. While the legs kick, the arms pull. As the back reaches and rotates, the stomach tightens to power the legs and stabilise the core, making swimming one of the best aerobic exercises to give you a total body workout.
Going for a dip in the pool will cool you off on a hot day, but it can also help you develop muscle strength and endurance. Water is 12 times as dense as air, making swimming a far more effective toning activity than any other cardiovascular activity. When you swim you get the cardio part of your workout while also working on an even body tone because of the water resistance.
Ever did too many jump squats and felt your knees squeaking the next day? The good news is swimming is easy on the knees – there is no ground impact. If you have an injury and don’t want to stop working out completely, swimming is a great hobby to pick up.
There is much more moisture in the air surrounding a swimming pool than the moisture in the air of a gym. Breathing moist air while you train leads to healthier lungs and more efficient breathing. On another note, when your face is under water oxygen becomes a luxury. In turn, your body learns to use oxygen more efficiently and take in more fresh air with every breath. This results in lower resting heart rates and lower blood pressure.
Swimming burns lots of calories, anywhere from 500-650 per hour depending on how efficiently you swim. After all, with swimming if you are not moving constantly, you’re sinking!
Love that natural endorphin kick? So do we. Swimming induces all those feel-good emotions and some say it has a relaxing effect similar to yoga.
Swimming and other water activities are something the entire family can enjoy together, whatever their age is. It’s a great chance to be a role model and teach your children to stay active from a young age.