Swimming is one of the most popular exercises in the world – for good reason, too! Pretty much every health guru in the world will tell you to try and get some swimming into your weekly workout routines, but why all the fuss? What is it about swimming that makes it such a great exercise choice, for practically anyone and everyone? We’re going to dive into (see what we did there?) the many benefits of swimming.
Cardio and strength
Whenever you workout, you usually have to pick between strength training or cardio. However, when swimming, you don’t have to pick at all – because it’s both! When you swim, you’re fighting against the resistance of the water. If you don’t move, you’ll sink, so you constantly have to keep your muscles moving in order to stay afloat. Water is around 800 times denser than air, so it’s like walking through really, really, REALLY thick air. 20 minutes of swimming is, therefore, a whole ton better for your body than 20 minutes of just walking.
Low impact exercise
It doesn’t matter whether you have had injuries in the past, are trying to recover from a current injury, or if you’ve even just had a baby, swimming is for everyone. As it’s such a low impact exercise, you don’t have to worry about straining any previous sore bits. It’s also the perfect exercises to do in between more strenuous and intense workouts. Nothing relieves your muscles more than stretching through water after you spent an hour lifting weights.
Makes you younger
Yep! Believe it or not, swimming can reverse the clock. According to research, if you regularly swim then your body can function as if it’s 20 years younger than it actually is. It can reduce blood pressure and cholesterol levels, along with improving heart health, brain health, and muscle mass. All of this combined will make it seem as though your body is much younger than whatever your birth certificate says. Who needs to buy expensive night cream when you can just swim a few times a week?
We all know that exercise releases happy hormones (endorphins), but you can go one better by swimming. Being in the water just has such a therapeutic effect on us humans, which is why being by the sea and flotation tanks are such a popular way to de-stress. Add in the fact that you’re exercising while in the water and you’ve got one pretty awesome way to get rid of the day’s worries.
Increases your overall fitness
Those who swim regularly are often so much fitter than those who don’t, and you can use that fitness in every other aspect of your life. For example, those who swim are often better runners because they have improved their overall strength, lung capacity, and cardiovascular health. If you’re looking for a way to improve your general fitness, without getting hot and sweaty in the gym, then swimming is definitely the way to go.
There are so many more benefits to swimming that we could list, including the fact that it can make you smarter, works unused muscles, and is great for your lungs. However, we think that these are the best ones to get you reaching for that swimsuit and diving into the pool.