When you live in a state like Texas where the heat and the sun can become unbearable during the day, swimming is one of the best ways to get some relief and relaxation. It can also be a nice change for people who are bored with the confining walls of their gyms, and a nice alternative for someone who is looking to take their workout routines to the next level. Who knew that swimming for an hour can burn almost 1,000 calories? Let’s all take a dip in the swimming pool and find out how good it is for us.
- Swimming Works Your Whole Body
When you swim, almost every muscle group in your body is working together in order to move you forward and keep you afloat. The water also provides a gentle resistance; so, no matter what stroke you choose to go with, you will get the exercise you need, and then some!
- Increase your heart rate without putting any stress on your body
- Build strength in your muscles
- Build endurance to help your stamina
- Tone your muscles to shape your body
Don’t forget to try out different strokes to add variety to your workout session, try breaststroke, backstroke, sidestroke, butterfly, or freestyle!
- Swimming Works Your Insides, Too
When you start swimming, it’s not only your muscles that get a workout. Swimming can be beneficial to your health in the long run by helping your cardiovascular system. With regular swimming, you can make your heart and lungs stronger than ever. Researchers believe that swimming can greatly increase your risk of death; a study shows that people who do not swim are at a 50% higher risk of death!
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, two and a half hours per week of aerobic physical activity such as swimming can decrease the risk of chronic illnesses, and help regenerate healthy cells.
Swimming, or breathing exercises done in pools, can also have positive effects on people who have asthma. The humid environment can make it easier to breathe, and fun games like holding your breath under water can increase lung capacity.
- It’s Good For Mental Health
Scientists believe that swimming can boost your mood, decrease anxiety and stress, and can positively impact your depression. Many believe that submerging yourself in water has relaxing effects because it triggers muscle memory and reminds the body of the time it spent inside the womb. Swimming is also a meditation sport, which means it increases blood flow to the brain and helps your brain evaluate the stressors better.
Studies show that swimming can also be beneficial for people who suffer from dementia as it can improve memory, ability to concentrate and focus.
One study shows that regular swimming exercises can help people who suffer from insomnia; people who were a part of the study report that after swimming, their muscles feel more relaxed, they feel less stressed, thus have an easier time falling asleep.
- People With Physical Injuries or Conditions Can Benefit From It
Exercising is not equally easy for everyone as there are many people who suffer from physical conditions and/or injuries that prevent them from working out. Swimming, however, is an amazing alternative to the usual gym routine. Sports massage therapists and physical therapy experts also recommend aquatic therapy as water can be relaxing for sore/damaged muscles, and also adds a very light resistance that can improve the results of physical therapy sessions without overworking the body.
A study shows that swimming can greatly increase muscle and joint pain in people who suffer from osteoarthritis. The same study also suggests that swimming has the same benefits as cycling, jogging, or any other land-based exercise without leaving the body too sore post-workout.
It is also a recommended workout for pregnant women as it reduces stress, can help with swelling in the body, and does not include aggressive movements or positions that can harm the baby.
- Great For All Ages
Swimming is an exercise that has no age limit or bodily restrictions. With proper equipment, everyone can enjoy a nice day at the pool. It is especially beneficial for elders who suffer from arthritis or dementia, and babies or toddlers to help them develop better motor skills. Experts say that children need at least 60 minutes of aerobic exercise each day for mental and physical development. Swimming is a great option for exercise, because it is fun and it doesn’t have to feel like a chore!
So, why not get a pool in your backyard this summer to fight the suffocating humidity and heat of Houston? You will be able to enjoy your pool in the privacy of your home, and your children can swim freely without you having to worry about their safety or health!