Any type of exercise is better than none, but swimming is proven to be one of the best. Great for both mind and body, here’s why spending more time in the water is a seriously smart choice.
1. Swimming helps to manage weight
Expect to burn around 367 calories after just 30 minutes of breaststroke – that beats walking, cycling and even running. The Calorie Cruncher on swimming.org can tell you how many calories your preferred swimming stroke burns.
2. Swimming reduces stress levels and raises self-esteem
According to a survey of 4000 swimmers undertaken by Speedo, 74% agree that swimming releases stress and tension, 68% say that being in the water helps them to feel good about themselves and 70% feel mentally refreshed after swimming.
3. Swimming boosts your mood
Another study shows that swimmers, no matter what level, are less prone to tension, depression, anger and confusion when they’ve been swimming. It means that novice and amateur swimmers can feel just as good as the pros, thanks to the release of feel-good hormone serotonin.
4. Swimming strengthens muscles
The resistance of water can be 44 times greater than air, meaning you have to work harder to move through it. It’s like working out with weights or machines without the need for expensive equipment, which makes swimming an affordable way to strengthen your muscles.
5. Swimming is low-impact exercise
You’re only bearing about 10% of your weight when you swim due to the buoyancy of water. With greater ease of movement and less strain on bones, joints and muscles, swimming has a lower risk of injury than many other forms of exercise.
6. Swimming improves your sleep
People who undertake vigorous exercise such as swimming are around twice as likely to report on having a good night’s sleep, according to a poll by the National Sleep Foundation. They’re least likely to report sleep problems, with most avoiding problems like insomnia and waking too early.
7. Swimming is sweat-free
As a swimmer, you’ll never get overheated or feel sweaty because the water around you is constantly cooling you down.
8. Swimming lowers disease risk
Not only is swimming kind to your heart and a great form of cardiovascular exercise, it’s also shown to control blood sugar levels, lower blood pressure and reduce levels of bad cholesterol in your blood. So by swimming regularly, you’re less likely to develop illnesses like type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke.