The health benefits of swimming

In this blog post, we’ll focus on the health benefits of swimming, rather than swimming pools themselves.  Swimming is a great form of exercise for all the family and it has been known for quite some time how good it is for your health and general well-being. So if you don’t swim very much, here are some excellent reasons why you should do so!

Good for the body...

According to the NHS, swimming is an excellent form of exercise for those people who want to stay active and healthy. People of any age or ability can enjoy the health benefits of swimming. The NHS say that swimming regularly reduces the risk of Type 2 diabetes, heart disease and strokes. It can also help keep your weight under control.

Because it uses nearly every muscle in your body, a swimming session puts your body through a pretty comprehensive work-out. Exercising in the pool makes the body work harder with 30 minutes exercise being the equal to 45 minutes of similar exercise on land. It tones and builds-up muscle strength, as well as endurance.

Swimming is good for your heart, improving your cardiovascular fitness. The risk of high blood pressure, stroke and coronary heart disease can all be reduced by a healthy lifestyle. Doing an hour of moderate physical activity such as swimming every day can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease by 20%. Half an hour of swimming three times a week can lower blood pressure by a significant amount. The fat burning properties of a 30 minute swim will also help control your cholesterol levels. In fact, swimming at a gentle pace for 30 minutes can burn over 200 calories, more than double if you walked for the period of time.

...and the mind!

Regular swimming sessions are also good for your mental well-being too, relieving the stresses of everyday life. As it is a relaxing form of exercise, spending time swimming a few lengths can lift your mood, making you feel good about yourself. The more you feel good after being in the pool, then the more you will want to carry on swimming!

Swimming regularly can help reduce depression and anxiety, as well as decreasing stress levels. If you have trouble sleeping properly, then swimming will also help you get some decent shut-eye. This is all achievable by light swimming sessions that you can fit in around your weekly routine.

Boosting your energy

Are you feeling low in energy? Then why not take up swimming? The effect of 30 minutes of swimming three times every week can increase your metabolic rate. Lack of energy is not often caused by getting older but by inactivity.

Check with your doctor

Although swimming is a safe form of exercise, you may have worries about an existing health condition. If this is the case, then you should consult with your GP before taking it up.