As children, many of us take swimming lessons and go swimming all the time. However, when we get older, we don’t do this as much anymore. We should though. Because besides the fact that swimming is fun, it is also very healthy! Here are 9 reasons why swimming is good for you:
1. SWIMMING GIVES YOU A BOOST
Swimming gives you not only a physical, but also a mental boost.
It has a relaxing effect because you feel lighter in the water. Relaxation, in turn, reduces stress and makes you feel less depressed.
You also produce the happiness hormone, serotonin, while swimming. This hormone has a positive influence on your mood and also provides self-confidence.
Furthermore, swimming requires less energy than you get in return. You know it’s true: after exercising, you have more energy than when you come home after a hard day’s work. So it’s a win-win!
2. SWIMMING ENSURES A BETTER NIGHT’S SLEEP
Getting a good night’s rest is very important to our health. We need sleep for the daily recovery of our body and mind.
Exercise, and therefore swimming, helps with this. During physical exertion, hormones are released, which help to promote sleep.
3. SWIMMING IS GOOD FOR BLOOD PRESSURE
Water exerts more pressure than air. So when you’re swimming, your blood flows back to your heart more easily. As a result, your body doesn’t have to work as hard as it normally does to pump the blood around your body.
4. YOU CAN EASILY BURN 500 CALORIES AN HOUR
When you’re actively swimming (i.e. not floating around), you’ll burn about the same amount of calories as when you are running at 10km per hour. So you can easily burn 500 calories per hour while swimming.
5. IT’S GOOD FOR YOUR JOINTS
Swimming doesn’t put heavy pressure on your tendons and joints, like other sports do, for example, running. It is therefore also called a ‘low-impact sport’.
This is because you weigh 90% less in the water. Because of this, your body is much less burdened!
6. IT’S GOOD FOR THE MUSCLES
Swimming not only burns calories easily, but it’s also a good strength training. This is because water, much more than air, offers resistance. By fighting against this resistance, you build muscle mass. So it’s the ideal full-body workout!
7. REDUCES THE RISK OF CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASES
If you swim for 30 minutes at least 3 times a week, it reduces your risk of cardiovascular disease.
Swimming is a form of cardiovascular exercise. It lowers your blood pressure and cholesterol level, which reduces your risk of cardiovascular disease.
8. IT’S GOOD FOR THE LUNGS
There’s a reason why asthmatics are often advised to go swimming. Swimming in an indoor pool is particularly healthy for people suffering from asthma. The warm, humid environment reduces the stimulation of the lungs.
In addition, swimming increases lung capacity and improves breathing. This not only benefits asthmatics, but everyone.
For example, if you swim once a week, you will soon notice that you are much less likely to be out of breath when exercising!
9. IT INCREASES YOUR BONE DENSITY
If your body has to carry a lot of weight, it will increase your bone density and your bones will become firmer.
Swimming was long thought to have no impact on your bone density. However, recent research has shown that, although swimmers had a lower bone density than runners, they had a higher bone density than non-athletes. So it does strengthen the bones!