Swimming And The Benefits – Why You Should Be Doing It!

Swimming is a great exercise that anyone can do no matter their age, swimming-pool1weight or physical ability. It’s the perfect exercise if you are elderly, pregnant, injured or disabled as you can do as little or as much as is right for you and there is less stress on your joints than with other types of exercise.
Swimming is also a great exercise that can target those horrible hard to reach muscles that most women want to tone on the backs of our arms to get rid of unsightly bat-wings!

Water is 800 times denser than air which means there is about 12% more resistance to your body when exercising in water rather than in air on land. This means swimming and other water exercises are a great way to build strength, muscular endurance and cardiovascular fitness.

Plus because you are buoyant when in the water, there is not any pounding or jarring on your body so your joints are protected from strains and stress. Swimming and water exercises are used in many therapeutic sessions and there are many rehabilitation exercises that can be carried out safely and effectively in a swimming pool.

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Swimming is a great way to raise your heart rate and improve your lung capacity, these can assist you with improving in other sports on land such as running or cycling. One study showed that people who did swimming for 12 weeks improved their oxygen consumption by 10%.

Other great health reasons to start swimming are it can help you lose weight plus reduce blood pressure and glucose levels that lead to diabetes. As you have to work on your breathing it can be extremely beneficial to asthma sufferers as well as they can exercise whilst breathing moist air.

Swimming is also a great way to improve flexibility, ease arthritis and help recover from injuries. It has been shown to help in the increase of bone mass density and decrease of inflammation. Studies have shown that swimming can help combat the ageing process and even reduce the rate of dying by 50%.

Jumping in the swimming pool or sea and doing a few laps is also the perfect way to unwind and de-stress after a crappy day at work. That feeling of gliding through the water just miraculously manages to clear your mind of all those problems and the stresses of the day. It reduces all the tension in your body and just makes you feel good and has such a calming effect. Swimming or even just chilling out in and around water can even help fight depression as it just really helps to clear and calm your mind and make you feel good.

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Other activities you might like to try in the local swimming pool are aqua-aerobics, water walking, synchronized swimming classes and even water-polo. The water is also a great place to practice yoga and meditation as well as reflect on life. If you like listening to music whilst doing your workouts have a read about some of the great waterproof music players on the market at the moment.

If you become a competent swimmer and are ready to be a real water baby there are so many other divegreat different water activities that you could try either at home or on your next holiday.
You can go snorkeling, learn surfing, paddle-boarding, kite-surfing, windsurfing and even Scuba diving if you fancy exploring the underwater world. The possibilities are endless and all great ways to keep fit and healthy whilst having fun with friends and family.

So if you haven’t already get out your swim suit and schedule a time for when you can immerse yourself. If you liked this post or would like to leave a comment please do…

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12 Responses

  1. Rendall says:

    Swimming is another physical activity that gives various benefits to our body system at all. I like swimming because for me it’s one of the best ways to lose my body weight. I spend almost 5 hours per week swimming in the river near my quarters and I have lost 5 kg since 2 months ago and for me, that is the really great achievement.

    Swiming involve all the movement of the musculoskeletal system especially in the upper and lower limb region. Therefore, swimming is good to maintain the body fitness.

    • Emma says:

      Hi Rendall,

      Great work on using swimming as an activity to lose so much weight. Losing 5 Kg over 2 months is a great achievement and doing it by using exercise is the best way. Make sure you keep it up to maintain your new fit body!

  2. ariefw says:

    I love to swim. Mainly because of all the reasons you stated above.

    The main problem for me is after swimming. I always have a runny nose after swimming.
    Do you know why and how to prevent it?

    That’s why my last swim is months ago. I prefer to hit the gym than go to swim, nowadays.

    • Emma says:

      Hi there,

      A lot of people who swim have the runny nose syndrome and it’s happens because you get water in the cavity of your nose. The proper swimming technique is to inhale air through your mouth when you are above the water but this technique takes some practice to get just right.

  3. Gary says:

    I love swimming too but swimming always makes me super hungry afterwards! I like the sport but it’s not making my slim and that is sad…

    Do you have any advice on post swimming diet or any other ways to prevent hunger after swimming? I do weight training as well, and occasional runnings.

    • Emma says:

      Hi Gary,

      Thanks for the comment, swimming is a great sport to tone up your muscles but you also have to look at how much you are actually doing and what your diet is like if you want to lose weight.

      A great post exercise meal is a Quick and easy healthy smoothie that will give you all the nutrition you need and cure the hunger.

  4. Vlad says:

    Awesome post, overall going through the many advantages of swimming to our day to day lives.
    Though I have to ask, as someone who researched the topic as well, most of the advantages you listed can apply to any and all endurance training (running, cycling etc)
    Care to enlighten me on that one?
    Cheers, Vlad!

    • Emma says:

      Hi Vlad,

      Thank you for your comment, you are right in noticing that many of the benefits of swimming also apply to other types of endurance training. Any form of regular exercise is good for your body and mind and a lot of the benefits are similar. Swimming is a great alternative exercise for those who don’t like running or cycling, also due to the buoyancy of the water is perfect for those with injuries or arthritis as there is no jarring or pounding on your body or joints. Any types of exercise will make you feel good, but there is nothing quite like that feeling of gliding through under the water…

  5. Lenin says:

    I like swimming more at the beach then at pools and I’m 30 minutes away from the beach too. I just hate getting out of the beach with all that sand on me and my car.

    Swimming does relax me and it’s a great exercise. Maybe even going to the beach early in the morning every other week can be something I can apply to my exercise routine. It would definitely improve flexibility, lung capacity and muscle endurance when I play other sports like football and soccer.

    What swimming exercises would you recommend to improve flexibility?

    • Emma says:

      Hi Lenin,

      It’s good to hear that you are also near to a beach and get to swim out in the sea, it’s a great way to start the day by running out into the ocean.

      If you are playing a lot of football you will want have a specific stretching routine for that , swimming can help maintain that flexibility.

  6. marta says:

    I am glad I saw your article, I was always a fun of swimming. I would spend all my evenings at the pool doing laps. I found it boring sometimes but I still do it. I much prefer swimming in lakes or ocean, however there is not always possibility to do it. You definitely enroll me to for for a swim today!

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