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The Health Benefits of Swimming

What's in it for you?

Swimming is an essential life skill and the health benefits of swimming for all of us are huge, whatever our age, shape or size. 

Research has proven over the years that the all over body workout given by swimming has some major benefits on the human body and its various systems.

If you are already an established swimmer, you will be well aware of that sense of achievement well-being you get when you come out of the pool.

If you are not a regular swimmer, or a swimmer at all, read on and discover some of the benefits of swimming that could prove to be life changing...

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The Health Benefits Of Swimming On Your Heart and Lungs

Do you get out of breath doing normal everyday stuff?  Regular swimming, once or twice a week will help to improve your stamina and overall fitness by getting your heart and lungs to do some work.  Do not be put off my the word work or exercise because a swim only has to be gentle and of low intensity to still do wonders to your cardiovascular system.

Muscular Strength

benefits of swimming

We need muscular strength for all of our everyday activities, from walking around to getting up off of the couch!  Swimming benefits all ages when it comes to strength and tone of our muscles.   Half hours swim a couple of times a week and you will see the health benefits of swimming in your toned muscles and you will feel stronger in yourself.

Flexibility of Your Joints

Regular swimming gets your muscles and bones moving and that in turn opens up and gets your joints moving nicely.   Moving your arms and legs in ways they are perhaps not used to or in ways they otherwise would not if they were not swimming, allows the joints in between them to stay supple and free-moving.

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Better Body Shape

Exercise in general gives us all that feel good factor, but swimming really has a positive effect on overall body shape.  Regular swimming burns fat (the wobbly stuff under your skin, incase you didn't know!) and when that reduces and the muscles under the fat become toned and firm, the result: a fitter and more satisfying body shape.

Injury Rehabilitation

Regular swimming can have dramatic effects on injuries.  The impact free nature of swimming allows muscles and joints to work and exercise but under conditions that are stress free and therefore promote the healing and rehabilitation of muscle pulls and joints strains. This is one of the key health benefits of swimming.

Weight Loss

Like any other form of exercise, swimming burns calories and plenty of them.  Because swimming is an all over body workout - in other words your whole body is continually moving as you swim - the net amount of calories is usually larger than that of other common forms of exercise.

Relieve Stress and Tension

There is nothing like escaping the stresses and tensions of life at the end of the working day.  Whatever your job, be it a high-powered company director or a busy parent at home, you need time out to unwind and relax.  Swimming offers just that: the chance to escape, relax and chill out.  Let your mind wander away whilst your cruise up and down the pool at your own pace.  And you get all the health and fitness benefits thrown in for good measure.  Just what the doctor ordered!

Got a Back Problem?

Are you one of millions with a back problem? A lower back problem more than likely as this is the most common one.  The zero impact nature of swimming allows your lower back and surrounding joints to move freely without the impact of the ground and your own body weight pressing through them constantly.  It might not be a miracle cure but gentle impact free movements of swimming will all help, guaranteed! The benefits of swimming at work once again.

Swimming During Pregnancy

It is a well-known fact that swimming while pregnant is safe and very beneficial to you and your unborn baby. The zero impact nature of swimming means there is no impact on your most load baring joints like the hips and knees. There is also no sudden jolting or bouncing movements to unsettle baby. So if you are pregnant swim all you like!

Post surgery

Obviously it is important to consult your doctor about going swimming following an operation, as some people may have to wait a few weeks or months to avoid infection. Nonetheless, when the body is ready to be immersed into the water once gain, swimming can help to exercise the many major muscle groups, which can speed up the recovery process.

The health benefits of swimming are numerous and people swim for various other reasons.  To help with stress and health as well as cardiovascular fitness, right up to training and competitions, such as triathlons.

Most of us, particularly children, swim for fun.  With fun comes health and fitness in the form of exercise and activity and most swimming pools and leisure facilities are in local areas and are relatively inexpensive.

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