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The Many Benefits of Swimming

Posted by Krista Payne on Feb 27, 2017 12:56:40 PM

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Swimming is one of the best if not THE best sports for all around fitness training. In a world where many of the sports these day are rolling with injuries, swimming is a sport where you can expect less injuries and reap more rewards. Here is just a sampling of the physical, mental and emotional benefits of swimming on a regular basis:

The Physical Benefits of Swimming

  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Reduces bad cholesterol and raises good cholesterol
  • Aids in weight loss and weight maintenance
  • Is easier on the joints than impact sports
  • Benefits your immune system
  • Preserves and improves functional capacity
  • Strengthens muscles thanks to the greater resistance of water
  • Makes your heart a better and more efficient pump
  • Improves flexibility
  • Slows down the aging process
  • Reduces your risk for heart disease and diabetes
  • Reduces chronic pain, particularly from arthritis
  • Improves muscle imbalances
  • Develops lung capacity and helps COPD and asthma
  • Exercises nearly every muscle in the body, especially if you swim all four strokes
  • Lowers cortisol
  • Improves sleep
  • Allows you to exercise when pregnant
  • Eliminates the risk of falling or being hit by a car

The Mental Benefits of Swimming

  • Enhances the connections between left and right hemispheres
  • Prevents brain shrinkage
  • Can help you make new brain cells
  • Improves problem solving skills and memory
  • Reduces stress
  • Allows you to be disconnected in an increasingly overconnected world
  • Reduces depression and anxiety
  • Improves self-control and willpower which can translate to the rest of life
  • Offers relaxation through the repetitive nature of movement
  • Improves self esteem
  • Improves mental toughness

The Emotional and Social Benefits of Swimming

  • All different levels can exercise in the same pool at the same time
  • There are toys such as kickboards and pull buoys and snorkels and fins to make a workout different and exciting and easier or harder as need be
  • It’s just plain fun!
  • You get used to seeing yourself in a swimsuit
  • You can do it when it is dark and cold outside
  • It’s uniting, not dividing—we all rest at the same wall
  • It’s adaptable, and you can do different workouts depending on how you feel
  • It’s a lifetime sport

Take a look at our home swim spas and see for yourself the rewards of swimming.

 

Topics: Swimming