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Benefits of Swimming

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What burns well over 300 calories in just half an hour, helps depression and anxiety and lowers risk of heart disease and diabetes?

The answer of course is exercise-related – specifically swimming!  And the great news is that the benefits of swimming are not only enjoyed by the Mark Fosters and Rebecca Adlingtons of the world.  Whatever your level, swimming is hugely beneficial to your health and can also help people with disabilities and long-term health and mobility-limiting conditions. Here are our top tips:

 

1. Swimming helps to manage weight

Expect to burn around 367 calories after just 30 minutes of breaststroke – that beats walking, cycling and even running. The Calorie Cruncher on the Swim England site www.swimming.org can tell you how many calories your preferred swimming stroke burns.

 

2. Swimming reduces stress levels and raises self-esteem

According to a survey of 4,000 swimmers undertaken by Speedo, 74 per cent agreed that swimming releases stress and tension, 68 per cent said that being in the water helped them to feel good about themselves and 70 per cent felt mentally refreshed after swimming.

  

3. Swimming boosts your mood

Another study showed that swimmers, no matter what level, were less prone to tension, depression, anger and confusion when they’ve been swimming. It means that novice and amateur swimmers can feel just as good as the professionals, thanks to the release of the feel-good hormone serotonin after swimming.

  

4. Swimming strengthens muscles

The resistance of water can be 44 times greater than air, meaning you have to work harder to move through it. It’s like working out with weights or machines without the need for expensive equipment, which makes swimming an affordable way to strengthen your muscles.

  

5. Swimming is low-impact exercise

You’re only bearing about 10 per cent of your weight when you swim due to the buoyancy of water. With greater ease of movement and less strain on bones, joints and muscles, swimming has a lower risk of injury than many other forms of exercise.

 

 

6. Swimming improves your sleep

People who undertake vigorous exercise such as swimming are around twice as likely to say they had a good night’s sleep, according to a poll by the National Sleep Foundation. They’re least likely to report sleep problems, with most avoiding problems like insomnia and waking too early.

  

7. Swimming is sweat-free

As a swimmer, you’ll never get overheated or feel sweaty because the water around you is constantly cooling you down.

 

8. Swimming lowers risk of heart disease

Not only is swimming kind to your heart and a great form of cardiovascular exercise, it’s also shown to control blood sugar levels, lower blood pressure and reduce levels of bad cholesterol in your blood. So by swimming regularly, you’re less likely to develop illnesses like type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke.

  

9. Read all about it!

Swim England have a great calorie cruncher app, plus other articles on how swimming can help arthritis and many other health conditions. Click here to read more.

 

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