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8 Benefits of Swimming

Mental and Physical health benefits from swimming. Learn more…

Monday, 28th June 2021

Swimming is good for people of all ages. From helping you get the body you want to maintain mental health, this important form of exercise can keep your muscles strong and flexible. A person should continue this kind of aerobic exercise throughout his life until his health allows it because it includes long-term exercise, which requires continuous oxygen supply from the muscles unless it is a sprint with anaerobic muscle exercise. In addition, swimming can help regulate and strengthen muscles. Swimming is often used to heal injuries, especially various cardiovascular and muscle injuries. Facts have proved that arthritis patients can exercise the affected joints without aggravating their symptoms. Many doctors recommend that new mothers and pregnant women swim to cope with stress and improve mental health.


Here are 8 surprising ways swimming benefits your body.

1. Whole-body workout

Swimming requires the self-propulsion of the body through the water, including the coordinated movement of the limbs and body. It involves all major muscle groups that need a continuous supply of oxygen. Therefore, this provides a total body exercise that ultimately helps;

  • Increases heart rate without stressing the body,
  • Improves strength,
  • Regulates muscles,
  • Strengthens health,
  • Helps control weight.


2. Cardiovascular strength

As an aerobic exercise, it mainly involves the heart, lungs, and circulatory system. By directly lowering blood pressure and heart rate, it helps increase cardiovascular strength.


3. Low impact nature

Water provides a low-impact exercise environment, which is very suitable for people who need joint exercise. People who are recovering from injuries or have been restricted due to years of wear and tear, or who are overweight may find that water sports are the easiest and safest way to exercise. Therefore, people with bone diseases or joint injuries may find that swimming is a suitable exercise because the buoyancy of water reduces the pressure on the weight-bearing joints.


4. Disabled swimmers

The disabled can swim because it can provide resistance and support during exercise. Therefore, older people can also practice it to maintain quality of life and reduce disability. It can also improve or maintain bone health in postmenopausal women.


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5. Safe during Pregnancy

Swimming is a recommended exercise for pregnant women and new mothers.

Being overweight during pregnancy can cause muscle and joint pain. Swimming is especially popular with pregnant women because the water can support this weight.

However, it is always a good idea to consult a doctor when trying new forms of activity during pregnancy.

Many pregnant women experience a lot of stress and mood swings because swimming can improve their mood, so they can practice improving their mental health.


6. Weight loss

Due to the extreme involvement of muscle movement. Causes an increase in cellular activity to meet the increased energy level. However, the amount of calories burned depends on a person's weight and the intensity of their swimming.


7. Regulate blood sugar

One study showed that swimming 3 times a week can improve glucose (sugar) control and insulin sensitivity. It also emphasizes that low-volume, high-intensity intermittent swimming is more beneficial than low-intensity swimming for 1 hour.


8. It helps with asthma

In addition to improving heart health, swimming can increase lung capacity and improve the ability to control breathing. Additionally, the humid air in an indoor pool can also help improve asthma symptoms.

But it is important to note that chemicals such as disinfectants or chlorine used in swimming pools can irritate the respiratory tract and aggravate asthma symptoms.


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