In another article, we covered some of the ways in which swimming can be beneficial to you in terms of physical fitness and mental wellbeing. In this article, some of the more medically important advantages will be discussed, to give you the full perspective on swimming your way to a healthier you. So let’s get in at the deep end:
1) Swimming promotes cardio vascular health
Due to the aerobic nature of swimming, as an exercise, the actual act of getting in the pool and working out your various muscles and joints is enough to strengthen the heart muscle itself. The heart swells in size whilst exercising in the pool and as such, aids the flow of blood around your body.
In addition to that, studies carried out by the American Heart Foundation state that even just half an hour of swimming per day can reduce the risk of coronary heart disease – all of that from just a quick dip! (HowStuffWorks.com).
2) Regular swimming can reduce blood pressure and cholesterol levels
Again, just like before, a simple, regular swimming regime (such as half an hour or more a few times per week) can drastically lower the body’s blood pressure – whilst reducing the amount of bad cholesterol in the blood, in accordance with the Amateur Swimming Association’s findings (TescoLiving.com).
3) Consistent swimming can help with lung capacity
It’s no secret that a large part of swimming is breathing – whether that’s holding and maintain a breath, or timing when to come up for air, it all focuses around your oxygen intake. Much like most avenues of exercise, the more prolonged your regimes are, the better your body will adapt to the requirements, meaning that regular swimmers often have much higher lung capacity than non-swimmers, which helps oxygen flow to your muscles and arteries (LiveStrong.com).
4) It’s perfect for those suffering from asthma
Owing to the environment of swimming pools, the air is often moist which makes it a much more accessible environment for those who are prone to asthma attacks, induced by exercise. Further still, there is some evidence to show that swimming actually helps with asthma conditions outside of the pool, too, according to a study carried out by Respirology (an academic journal) (HowStuffWorks.com).
5) Stamina and endurance will improve with swimming
Research has shown that overall stamina and endurance often improve in those who take up swimming, which could drastically improve daily life; giving you more energy and reducing levels of fatigue (BetterHealth.gov.au).
So there you have it – a multitude of different, convincing and simple reasons as to why learning how to swim can majorly improve most, if not all aspects of your life!
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TescoLiving.com. Top 10 Health Benefits of Swimming. Available: http://www.tescoliving.com/health-and-wellbeing/fitness/2013/november/10-benefits-of-swimming
LiveStrong.com. Does Swimming Increase Stamina & Lung Capacity? Available: http://www.livestrong.com/article/367659-does-swimming-increase-stamina-lung-capacity/
BetterHealth.gov.au. Swimming – Health Benefits Available: http://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/bhcv2/bhcarticles.nsf/pages/Swimming?open