Swimming is an excellent form of workout and equally favorite for a number of reasons;
- 1No equipment/gadgets required (I am pretty much sure that your shorts and bathing suits don’t come under equipment/gadgets category).
- 2Availability/accessibility: now a day’s accessing to pool is not at all problematic.
- 3Best for all ages: swimming is the form of exercise you can do from a young age and all the way up into your 90s.
However it convenience is not the only reason for its massive popularity.
In fact, it is because of its effectiveness.
The best form of workout to gain results no matter how specific they are.Whether it is Muscle conditioning, a speedy recovery from a physical injury, weight management, develops muscular or respiratory endurance or relieving from stress swimming is a key for all.
However there are few benefits of swimming that most of the people are unaware of and by the way, these are not just myths but actually medically proven.
So here are 7 hidden benefits of swimming which will turn most you a frequent swimmer or in other words a happy, healthy and efficient individual.
7 Hidden Health Benefits of Swimming.
01. Increased Life Longevity.
Ever heard of a fountain of immortality. Well, it’s true, but the thing is you don’t just have to dip into it. You have to swim at least two lengths and preferably twice a week.
Apart from all the benefits of healthy and quality life, which you may attain and by an active participant in any sports/workout. Swimming has much more to offer.
According to a research conducted by the University of South Carolina, scientists took the sample of 40,547 men, aged 20 to 90 and observed them for over 32 years. They discovered that those people who swam had a 50% lower death rate than runners or those who just didn’t do any exercises. Moreover, did you know that swimming can reduce your biological age by 10-20 years!
02. Improved Asthma Symptoms.
For people who suffer from chronic lung conditions such as asthma, swimming is excellent for them.
People with Asthma usually experience trouble short breathness because the loss of heat and moisture in the bronchial tubes, which causes the tubes to contract. Cold and dry air is one of the major triggers of such allergies. And swimming is the best form of exercise for such individuals because the moisture from the water replaces the moisture expelled during vigorous breathing.Not only swimming and other water sports help in avoiding asthma attacks, but some studies have also shown that swimming can actually improve the condition overall. According to a study published in the scholarly journal, a group of kids was observed in a six-week swimming program. The results indicated improvements in symptom severity, snoring, mouth-breathing, and hospitalizations and emergency room visits. And the results remain significant even a year after the conducted swimming program.
03. Improves The Quality of Sleep.
According to a survey by the National Sleep Foundation, People who swim on a regular basis are more than twice as likely to report a sound night’s sleep compared to those who do not swim.
04. Best Way of Weight Management.
Swimming is the form of workout for reducing and managing your weight. Mainly because of two reasons,
- The bulk of calories you burn in a single workout.
- How conveniently you burn them without giving a toll to your body.
Different sources have confirmed that swimming burns about 934 to 440 calories in a 60 mins workout which is almost equal to other high impact work out outs like running cycling and rowing. But ask any cyclist or a runner that how hard it is to maintain their form and recover after 1 hour running, cycling on a regular basis. Most of them will tell you it’s pretty hard for them to do it on a regular basis just because their body cannot keep up with the constant beating of their high-intensity workouts.Which not the case with swimming at all which makes it so awesome. In swimming you don’t have to worry about constant streams of sweat aching joints, regular pre and post muscle stretches to avoid injuries… All you have to do is dip into the pool and swim.
05. Swimming Reduces Stress Levels And Boosts Your Mood.
Love that natural endorphin kick? While many talks about a runner’s high, swimming can bring about all those feel-good emotions too. In addition to the happy hormones, you also can feel a relaxation response similar to yoga.
According to a survey of 4000 swimmers undertaken by Speedo, 74% agree that swimming releases stress and tension, 68% say that being in the water helps them to feel good about themselves and 70% feel mentally refreshed after swimming.Another study confirms that swimmers at any level are less prone to tension, depression, anger, and confusion. It means that amateur swimmers can feel just as good as the pros.
06. Increased Muscle Tone and Strength.
Swimming is a great way to increase muscular strength and muscle tone, especially compared to several other aerobic exercises mainly because of two reasons.
- Utilization of all muscle groups.
Take running, for example. All runners are mostly working on their leg muscles, and same is the case with cyclists or other forms of sports where one or two muscles groups are predominantly involved and on top of it, moving the body through the air. On another hand, a swimmer utilizes more muscle groups to move through the water. While the legs kick, the arms pull. As the back reaches and rotates, the stomach tightens to power the legs and stabilize the core, making swimming one of the best aerobic exercises to give you a total body workout.And on top of it, you are doing all this workout within the water.
07. Swimming Can Make You Smarter.
Well, we all know swimming is excellent for your physic and health, but can it really make you smarter?
As per the research conducted by Griffith University Australia 10000 children from age up to five were surveyed. The results showed that kids who regularly participated in swimming were able to master language development, fine motor skills, confidence, and physical development sooner than the control group.
Not only this regular exercise such as swimming reduces inflammation and insulin resistance in the brain, which fosters new brain cell growth. Swimming also improves mood, anxiety, and stress, which increases the brain’s ability to think more efficiently.