Whatever you age, fitness level or experience, swimming can boost your health and supercharge your mindset like no other activity.
An increasing number of Americans are immersing themselves in the wonderful world of swimming. Current data suggests over 27.5 million people enjoy swimming as their form of fitness. Is it time for you to stop watching from the edge of the pool?
I know swimming may seem rather daunting or perhaps expensive to learn, but if you’re looking for a sport which can keep you moving at any age and boost your mental and emotional well-being, it’s hard to beat a good swim. Whether you’re a total beginner, haven’t swum since childhood, or would like to build your technique or stamina, swimming is a great way to improve your health and happiness.
Here are some of the reasons to consider taking your own plunge:
1. Total Body Workout
A recent study found that swimming can improve endurance and stamina, as well as improve cardiorespiratory fitness across all demographics. The same study found that swimming is also be linked to a 28% reduction in the mortality rate. As the water provides resistance to your whole body, you can improve your muscle strength and tone while increasing your heart rate, burning calories, and boosting your all-around health.
Since swimming is a low impact activity, you can do it while recovering from an injury or experiencing painful joint conditions such as arthritis.
Like other forms of exercise, always speak to your medical professional about the safest way to use your time in the water.
2. Mood Booster
In addition to the tremendous physical benefits swimming offers, it can also boost your self-esteem and happiness. With 40 million adults in the US experiencing anxiety, any activity which can boost your mental health is worth exploring — and swimming certainly qualifies as a way to help you feel good long after the poolside endorphins have left your system.
In a recent study supported by the British government, almost half a million people with mental health conditions found that…
Regular swimming empowered them to reduce the amount of medical support they needed…
Because they felt happier, less anxious, and more able to complete daily tasks. It’s evident that the confidence you develop while learning to swim or improving your skills can soon translate into other areas of your life. Even better, swimming can create a sense of belonging and camaraderie with your fellow swimmers which boosts your social network while helping you to feel more connected to other people.
3. Take The Plunge
Despite the current pool closures, there are still things you can do to let swimming make a splash in your life. If your local public pool isn’t open at the moment, don’t worry: you can still take steps to start your swimming routine. If you’re a total beginner, register online for their next course of swimming lessons offered once the pool reopens. This will put you ahead of the curve when everyone rushes back.
If you can already swim, investigate open water swimming options near you. Many are open with reduced capacity, which may also mean that you feel less rushed or crowded. Finally, check to make you’re your swimwear and goggles are in good condition. If not, many retailers are offering discounts on summer stock at the moment, so you may be lucky and find a good deal.
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