7 Ways Swimming Can Benefit Your Mind, Body and BeyondLast updated: September 27, 2019
This guide will describe the many benefits swimming can have on your overall health. Mind and body.
Let’s dive right in!
The heart is (aside from the brain, but we’ll get to that later) the most vital organ in our bodies. It is the main hub through which our blood pumps.
Kind of like the Grand Central Station of the body!
Swimming is an aerobic exercise that helps strengthen the heart, making it larger and in turn, making it more effective at pumping blood to the body’s other vital organs.
The movement of the body through the water along with the timed breathing increases the heart rate. As the heart rate increases a person will experience an increase in blood pumping through the body.
Consistent aerobic exercise can reduce the risks of heart disease in women and diabetes in men! Swimming is an aerobic exercise can also help reduce high blood pressure.
The lungs are two of the most important organs in the body (especially for swimming) because they supply us with the oxygen we need to live and swim!
The oxygen we get from the atmosphere is distributed amongst every single cell in our body. Without lung capacity, the body can have difficulty with daily functioning.
When we swim, our breathing changes from its usual rhythmic rate and is slowed down. This decrease in the breathing rate increases lung capacity. This allows us to breathe more air into our lungs!
So, the more you swim, the stronger the lungs will become!
It has been said often, the mind is a terrible thing to waste! This is very true. But swimming is the perfect sport to help replenish your brain functioning.
Swimming as an exercise can release natural endorphins causing a person to feel less stress and more happiness. This is often referred to as a “natural high”.
Swimming is great because it can help to relax the mind. We use our five senses differently when it comes to swimming. When we swim, we focus less on hearing or smell.
This form of sensory deprivation is considered to be relaxing and is similar in its effects to meditation. Studies have shown that swimming can also help to create new brain cells leading to higher cognitive functioning.
When it comes to bone health, swimming is a little different. One good thing about swimming is that it is not a weight-bearing exercise. This means that swimming can’t damage your bones in the way other sports potentially can.
Take running for instance. Running can be very hard on the knees as well as the shins. If you’re a person that runs on concrete, you could develop shin splints.
Shin splints occur due to overuse of the shin and can cause tears in muscle and bone tissue. Taking up swimming as a sport is a great solution if you need something a little lighter on your bones.
When it comes to bone health, swimming and water exercises (as a whole) contain far fewer risk factors that are often associated with other sports.
The muscles are the body organs that quite possibly has the greatest benefit when it comes to swimming. While swimming, the water provides even resistance to the entire body.
This means that swimming can help work all the muscle groups including a person’s core, back, legs (hamstrings, quads, glutes), and arm muscles all at one time.
Swimming is the ideal exercise for strength conditioning and toning the muscles. What is really great is that when swimming, you can tone your muscles and workout with minimal risk of injury.
Different strokes can engage with different groups.
For example, when you practice a butterfly, you can do dolphin kicks. This works the hips, quads, glutes, and hamstrings. Another good exercise to do is kick on a kickboard while holding your head above water. Holding your head above water can engage and strengthen your core.
Unless you’re a swimmer who has been swimming your whole life, chances are, you don’t have that much muscle memory when it comes to swimming.
This can be a good thing! Since there are four main strokes (there are more), your body will need to adjust to doing the different strokes.
The more movement in these different positions, the less muscle memory. But, the greater the workout! The body works harder without muscle memory.
Swimming is also great for the joints! Because it is low impact, the risk of injury is decreased. As mentioned above, the body is moving in all different types of ways.
Some common joint injuries include tendinitis, bursitis, arthritis, and fibromyalgia. These pains can be alleviated when you engage in water exercise.
Since most of your body weight is supported by the water, this decreases the pressure on your joints giving you an increased range of motion.
These random (yet calculated) movements give the muscles and joints greater flexibility!
We are all working to lose, gain, or maintain the weight we have. Either with gym memberships, fitness clubs, or workout boot camps. Swimming can be a part of anyone’s fitness regimen.
As mentioned above, swimming is great cardio exercise that gets the heart pumping and the calories burning! In fact, you can burn an average of 400 calories with just 30 minutes to an hour of swimming!
Incorporating swimming into your exercise program will provide you with a cardiovascular boost while giving your muscles the resistance needed to tone up! As you’ve probably heard before, it’s the ultimate low impact workout!
So, now you know the 7 health benefits of swimming every day! It’s time to grab your goggles and get to the pool! But if you need more convincing, follow this link to see a few more benefits: