Top 7 benefits of swimming
by Tobias • 4 minutes read
Last updated: 01 Jun, 2022
Swimming is a favourite for many people around the world, and for good reason. There is a myriad of benefits to swimming when compared to more harsh exercises such as running and weight lifting. Today we deep dive (pun intended) into the top 7 benefits of swimming.
1. Full body workout
Swimming uses all the muscles in your body so whether you swim a gentle breaststroke or a more full-on butterfly, you will get a full body workout. Plus, exercising in the resistance of water forces your body to work harder so 30 minutes in a pool could be worth 45 minutes of the same activity on land.
2. Great for general wellbeing
Just 30 minutes of swimming, three times a week, alongside a balanced, healthy diet is one of the best ways to stay fit and healthy and maintain a positive mental outlook. Do it with friends, and it’s even more fun!
3. De-stresses and relaxes.
Swimming regularly can lower stress levels, reduce anxiety and depression, and improve your sleep patterns. For the mental benefits of swimming it only takes a light swim. No frantic splashing required.
4. Torches calories
Swimming is one of the most effective ways to burn calories. A gentle swim can burn over 200 calories in just half an hour which is more than double that of walking. A faster swim is even better for a calorie burn and could actually burn more fat than if you went running or cycling.
5. Lowers the risk of heart of disease and stroke
With swimming being a fantastic form of cardiovascular exercise. The improvement in heart health from swimming just 30 minutes a week can help to guard against heart disease, stroke and even type 2 diabetes.
6. Low Impact Activity
When you're in a pool the water supports up to 90 per cent of your body’s weight. So if you are nursing an injury or are making a special effort to protect your joints, swimming is a brilliant way to stay active.
7. Increases your energy levels.
Inactivity, not ageing, is often responsible for people’s lack of energy. Just 30 minutes of swimming three times per week can increase your metabolic which in turn will boost your energy levels.
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