Swimming is an activity that builds strength, endurance, and muscle tone. It is an activity that you can do all year long, inside or outside, burning lots of calories. The benefits of swimming includes the following:
1. Works your whole body
One of the biggest benefits of swimming is that it truly works your entire body, head to toe. Swimming increases your heart rate without stressing your body, tones muscles, builds strength and endurance.
2. Works your insides
While your muscles are getting a good workout, your cardiovascular system is getting worked too. Swimming makes your heart and lungs strong. Swimming is so good for you that researchers share that it may even reduce your risk of death. Compared with inactive people, swimmers have about half the risk of death. Some other studies have shown that swimming may help lower blood pressure and control blood sugar.
3. Swimming can be a safe exercise option for people with arthritis, injury, disability and other issues that make high-impact exercises difficult. Swimming may even help reduce some of your pain or improve your recovery from an injury.
4. Good option for people with asthma
The humid environment of indoor pools makes swimming a great activity for people with asthma. Not only that, but breathing exercises associated with the sport, like holding your breath, may help you expand your lung capacity and gain control over your breathing.
Some studies suggest that swimming may increase your risk for asthma because of the chemicals used to treat pools. Talk to your doctor about the potential risks of swimming if you have asthma, and, if possible, look for a pool that uses salt water instead of chlorine.
5. Beneficial for people with Multiple Sclerosis
People with multiple sclerosis (MS) may also find swimming beneficial. Water makes the limbs buoyant, helping to support them during exercise. Water also provides a gentle resistance and improves symptoms like fatigue, depression, and disability.
6. Burns calories
Swimming is an efficient way to burn calories. A 160-pound person burns approximately 423 calories an hour while swimming laps at a low or moderate pace. That same person may burn up to 715 calories an hour swimming at a more vigorous pace. A 200-pound person doing the same activities would burn between 528 and 892 calories an hour. A 240-pound person might burn between 632 and 1,068.
7. Improves your sleep
Swimming may have the power to help you sleep better at night. Swimming is accessible to a wide range of people who deal with physical issues that make other exercises, like running, less appealing. That can make swimming a good choice for older adults looking to improve their sleep.
8. Boosts your mood
Researchers evaluated a small group of people with dementia, and saw an improvement in mood after participating in a 12-week aquatic program. Swimming and aquatic workouts aren’t just psychologically beneficial for people with dementia. Exercise has been shown to boost mood in other people, as well.
9. Helps manage stress
Researchers surveyed a group of swimmers immediately before and after swimming at a YMCA in New Taipei City, Taiwan. Of the 101 people surveyed, 44 reported being mildly depressed and feeling stress related to fast-paced life. After swimming, the number of people who still reported feeling stressed decreased to just eight.
10. Safe during pregnancy
Pregnant women and their babies can also reap some wonderful rewards from swimming. Aside from potential benefits to the child, swimming is an activity that can be performed in all three trimesters. A study shows no adverse effects of swimming in chlorinated pools while pregnant. In fact, pregnant women who swam during their early to mid-pregnancy had a lower risk of preterm labor and congenital defects.
Some people are scared-stiff of water (I don’t blame them, though) and this may make swimming look like a daunting task but no fear is too great to fight. Swimming is affordable and does great for you.