April 30, 2020 8 min read
On average, swimmers live longer than non-swimmers, even compared to people who partake in other physical activities. But why? What is so great about swimming that it actually adds years to someone’s life? As swimming professionals, we’ve got all the answers. Read on to discover why swimming is so amazing for your health and well-being.
Swimming is a miracle sport that has fantastic benefits for your body. Here is a list of 11 reasons why swimming can extend your life.
Aerobic activity is an exercise that moves your muscles continuously for a long period of time, allowing your heart rate to stay at a moderately high level. When you swim, your arms and legs are moving the entire time you are swimming. Swimming aerobically will increase your lifespan, and here is how:
Because you can swim indoors and outdoors, swimming is not season dependent. Unlike other seasonal sports, swimming does not require good weather conditions to partake in. As long as there is a lifeguard on duty, you are free to jump in the water!
Unlike other aerobic activities, swimming takes place in the water. Water closely simulates a zero-gravity environment. This means swimming is one of the few ways to exercise that is not weight-bearing.
Everyone wants a swimmer’s body, right? It’s easy to see why! Swimmers are known for those killer back muscles and rock-hard abs. Here’s why swimmers have such great bodies:
As mentioned above, swimming can work every muscle in your body. Unlike running (which works mostly legs and core) swimming requires every muscle to be firing in unison to propel you through the water. Here are some tips to make sure you get the most out of your workout:
Like any form of exercise, swimming burns calories which helps keep you at a healthy body weight. Burning calories is important because if we take in more calories than we need, our body will store the excess calories as fat. Too much fat leads to obesity and endangers health. Swimming helps to burn those calories and keep our body weight at a safe, healthy level.
Carrying too much body fat can cause a slew of health issues. These include diabetes, heart disease, damage to joints, and some forms of cancer. By swimming daily, the chances of being affected by obesity are drastically reduced.
Insomnia is one of the most common sleeping issues. Swimming can help with that, too!
Flexibility and range of motion are important for reducing the chance of injuries. Swimming, unlike many other sports, improves flexibility and range of motion.
The motions involved in swimming lengthens your muscles; the correct swimming technique usually requires a full range of motion. This makes your body and joints more flexible. With flexibility comes a decreased risk of injury and better recovery. By swimming regularly, you will be able to stay active for many years. Here are a few areas of the body that are stretched while swimming:
Everyone knows that exercise boosts your mood and helps with stress. When you exercise, your body releases endorphins that promote happiness and reduce anxiety and depression. Endorphins also help build self-esteem.
Swimming is easy to do! There are pools all over the country and most are cost-effective. Most people will be able to find a pool in their area.
You don’t need to spend a lot of money to be able to swim. We have a great variety of swim equipment that you can buy. Make sure you bring swim goggles, a swimsuit, and a swim cap.
Starting to swim will be excellent for your health! Here are a few easy-to-follow tips for getting started:
As you can see, swimming has many health benefits that will allow you to live longer.Swimming is a miracle sport - it has many amazing benefits that are able to add years to your life. So, why not start swimming today?
We hope this article helped in answering all your swimming questions. If there are any questions we didn’t answer, be sure to check out our other swimming related articles.
Photo Credit: Bobby Wu, Wisconsin Masters Swimming
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