Why swimming is good for your health

What could be better than diving into a refreshing pool or a lake on a hot summer’s day? Swimming, in addition to being excellent cardiovascular exercise, relaxes the body, helps with sleep and contributes to fighting off stress and anxiety. It’s actually a “soft” sport, meaning that it’s easy on joints, unlike many other athletic activities. Swimming actually has the opposite effect; it strengthens the joints all while improving flexibility.

Looking to lose some weight? Swimming is one of the sports that requires the most energy. One hour of swimming at moderate speed is equivalent to burning 400 calories and that number increases to 900 calories at higher speeds. Just like a trip to the gym, a good swimming session also firms muscles and increases tone.

Listed below are of few more physical benefits of swimming:

  • Improves posture
  • Reduces chronic back, shoulder and knee pain
  • Prevents the risks of injuries and osteoporosis
  • Keeps the skeletal system in tact
  • Improves fluid movement

It also promotes blood circulation, since the repetitive muscle movements alternates between contraction and relaxation.

For the cherry on top, it also can make you live longer! In fact, according to a study conducted by “The International Journal Of Aquatic Research And Education“, out of 40,000 men aged between 20 and 90, regular swimming (an average of 3 times per week) reduced the risk of mortality by 50% compared to men who are sedentary… but also compared to regular walkers and runners.

Lastly, swimming also has a positive effect on the respiratory tract. Proper breathing techniques will increase lung capacity and improve oxygen delivery to muscles during exercise.

Let’s dive right in!