We all know swimming is an incredible way to keep cool in summer and connect with the people we care about, but did you also know that it can also positively affect your mental, physical, and emotional well-being? In this article, we are talking about all the health benefits of swimming you might not know about and just why they could potentially save your life!
Let’s Get Physical!
Swimming is exercise. This is not a new revelation. But it’s not only one of the easiest exercises to do; it just might be one of the most effective. Swimming works your entire body! Utilising muscles that may otherwise go completely unnoticed, it not only tones your arms and legs but strengthens your core and engages almost all of your back muscles! It also burns the same amount of calories as a jog or a run, and it manages to do so in record time, so whatever your fitness level, if you want to get fit quick, add water.
It Improves Sleep Problems
Did you know swimming can actually improve your quality of sleep! Not only is taking a dip a refreshing way to wake up figuratively but in doing so, you actually can improve the chances of waking up literally! Swimming can leave you feeling rested and rejuvenated. A 2010 study found that those who engaged in aerobic activity slept longer, woke up more easily in the morning, and felt better throughout the day!
Happy Heart, Happy Life!
Taking a quick swim a few times throughout the week has an incredible effect on a muscle that might not always be considered but is one of the most important to work on - the heart! Swimming can improve your entire cardiovascular system by increasing your heart rate without stressing the body and also improve your lung health. Frequent swimming increases flexibility in the heart walls and lowers the risk of heart diseases and carotid arterial stiffness. One study found that people with a regular swimming routine had lower blood pressure, increased blood flow to their brains, and was more likely to fall into a healthy weight range.
Keep it Sweet
Obviously, we all know limiting sugar is the best way to balance your blood sugar levels, but if you aren’t too keen on dropping the chocolate a close second is by swimming the sugar away! Taking a dip three times a week has shown to increase insulin sensitivity and balancing blood glucose, which could ultimately keep you in shape and even reduce your risk of diabetes! Doing intervals of just 30 minutes at a time was enough to keep that blood sugar in check!
It Can Improve Arthritis
If you struggle with arthritis pains, exercise can be one of the most taxing tasks your body can undergo. Unfortunately, this makes it a vicious cycle of staying stuck feeling unfit with little to no energy to take the steps needed to improve muscle strength. Swimming is proven to decrease pain and stiffness caused by arthritis and is the most low-impact and high-result work out we can do, and the fact that it will leave you feeling and looking amazing is just an added benefit.
Boost Your Mood
Mental health is so important and only in the last few decades have we realised that maintaining our mental well-being is just as important as our physical well-being. Sometimes, it is even the very thing that helps us take the step to care for our body in the first place. Getting in the pool or water has proven effects to improve anxiety and depression. It has also been found to reduce stress, having a similar effect to some antidepressants, reducing feelings of anger and tension.
Particularly in instances of swimming outdoors - A perfect way to get your daily dose of vitamin D and fresh air! Just remember to slip, slop, and slap! If the sun isn’t shining and the outdoors are a bit too chilly to brave, did you know that Elite pool covers are not only great for keeping the pool clean but also warm!
It’s so easy to see how swimming can improve your health, but it’s just as important to remember that what you put into the pool, you will get out of it. So, by keeping your pool healthy and clean, you can ensure it will return the favour! Be sure to clean your pool regularly and free from potentially harmful debris.
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