Swimming can offer anyone from a very young age to over 50, a huge range of health benefits. Swimming gives your body the workout minus the harsh impacts. Another awesome benefit among the many swimming health benefits is the living longer factor. You prolong your life and have higher brain activity with a regular swimming program. Swimming can control your weight and give you a healthier heart, plus lower your risk of diabetes, help control asthma symptoms and give you a higher quality of life. There are plenty of reasons to swim!
Here’s a list that should get you motivated!
Kids Who Swim are Smarter.
According to a recent Australian study, children who participate in swim lessons at an early age reach significant developmental milestones earlier than their non-swimming peers. They score higher in tests and are generally better coordinated.
The research was conducted over the course of three years to validate or refute the popular belief in the aquatics industry that young swimmers appear to be more confident, articulate and intellectual.
Swimming is Low Impact.
There’s no ground impact when you swim, and so you protect the joints from stress and strain. In fact, the Arthritis Foundation strongly recommends swimming and water activities for this reason, so much so that they sponsor water classes all over the country.
Water aerobics classes are also desirable for this reason, because even if you do jump and hit the bottom of the pool, you do so with less force because you’re buoyant in the water. Not only that, but if you wear or hold a flotation device during a water aerobics class, the impact is even less.
Swimming Builds Cardio-Respiratory Fitness.
Swimming improves endurance. In one study of sedentary middle-aged men and women who did swim training for 12 weeks, maximal oxygen consumption improved 10% and stroke volume (the amount of blood pumped with each beat which indicates heart strength) improved as much as 18%.
Swimming Burns Calories.
Swimming burns lots of calories, anywhere from 500-650 per hour depending on how efficiently you swim (you burn more flopping around than swimming cleanly!) and how buoyant you are (the more body fat you have, the more you float and the fewer calories it takes to swim).
With the benefits of swimming in mind, hit the pool, bring your friends and family and make it a friendly competition to see who can swim the farthest and healthiest.
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