Swimming offers a great way to cool off during the summer heat, whilst still getting your daily dose of exercise. Even during the winter months, an indoor swimming session can keep you on track with your exercise goals. According to Better Health Victoria, the benefits that come with swimming are much more than people realize. Here are some of the reasons why swimming can be the best exercise for you.
Being Around Water Can Elevate Your Mood
Several applications suggest listening to raindrops or water gushing from the ocean when you cannot sleep or have anxiety. Why? Because water can have a calming effect.
A recent research study surveyed a group of swimmers immediately before and after swimming at a YMCA in New Taipei City, Taiwan. Of the 101 people surveyed, 44 reported being mildly depressed and feeling stress, which related to their fast-paced life. However, after swimming, the number of people who still reported feeling stressed decreased to just eight. Whilst we need to conduct more research in this area, the researchers concluded that swimming is a potentially powerful way to relieve stress quickly.
Swimming Is An Easy Form of Cardio
By easy, we mean low-impact. While running or skipping puts a strain on your body, swimming is like floating. You get all the rewards of cardio without stressing your joints, or muscles and it is safe for all body types and age groups- especially seniors with arthritis. Typically an aerobic exercise, swimming delivers high power results by aiding in building and maintaining muscles contributing to a healthy lifestyle. Overall improving on one’s balance, sleep, and bone health.
Swimming Maintains Healthy Lungs
A study conducted in 2007 revealed a connection between cardiovascular diseases and reduced lung capacity. Swimming has been linked to healthier lungs, like that of many swimmers. Healthy lungs help process oxygen better, reducing cases of shortness of breath. This can increase your overall health, leading to an active and healthy lifestyle.
Swimming Helps You Feel Younger
A series of studies have revealed that swimming can reduce an individual’s age by 20-years from their actual chronological age. Swimming no less than five times a week for an hour a day has been seen to reduce people’s age by almost half, older swimmers seemingly boisterous than their ages let on. This may be due to the feel-good hormones that swimming produces, known to increase energy levels.
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