Why we should all be taking up swimming

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It can be hard to find the right form of exercise to suit your body and fitness level as well as fitting into your busy daily routines, and sometimes the usual forms of running, pilates or spinning classes just don’t cut it for you. But we often forget about swimming, a sport that has so many options, classes and experience levels. And a sport with a massive amount of health benefits too. So while you’re watching this year’s Olympic swimmers and contemplating popping into a pool nearby, here are some of swimming’s most impressive benefits to give you food for thought.

  • It minimises stress levels. While exercise in general releases feelings of endorphins, being submerged in water dulls the amount of sensory information that bombards your body, helping to bring on feelings of calm, so swimming is a great way of relaxing.
  • Tones muscles and builds strength, as well as helping to maintain a healthy weight, heart and lungs.
  • It gives you the ability to work your body without harsh impact to your skeletal system. When the body is submerged in water, it automatically becomes lighter. So a swimming pool is the ideal place to work stiff muscles and sore joints, especially if you are overweight or suffer with arthritis.
  • There is a far higher level of moisture present in the air when you’re at a swimming pool in comparison to the dry air that you’ll experience at a gym. The moisture in the air makes it far easier to breath, perfect for those that suffer with asthma and find cardio in the gym or in the park that bit too hard on their lungs.
  • Swimming is known to improve coordination, balance and posture and provides an all over body workout as you use almost all your body’s muscles when swimming.