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Five Benefits of Swimming

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If you are considering swimming lessons we will not stop you! Besides being an enormously fun activity, the benefits of swimming as an exercise are numerous. Here are a few that would really convince you.

Stress reliever
While exercise-induced endorphins will do wonders for your stress levels, getting in the water for your workout may have its own special brand of mood-boosting benefits. Being submerged in water dulls the amount of sensory information that bombards your body, helping to bring on a sense of calm.

Increases blood flow
Blood flow to the brain increased by up to 14% when men submerged themselves in water up to their hearts, according to a Journal of Physiology study. Researchers believe water’s pressure on the chest cavity may have something to do with it, and they are now studying whether water-based workouts improve blood flow to the brain better than do land-based ones.

It’s good for your lungs
When your face is under water, oxygen is at a premium. In turn, your body adapts to use oxygen more efficiently. Plus, it learns to take in more fresh air with every breath, and expel more carbon dioxide with every exhalation. A study in the Indian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology even found that swimmers had better tidal volume (the amount of air that moves in and out of the lungs during relaxed breathing) compared to runners. This results in lower resting heart rates and lower blood pressure.

A fantastic exercise
In swimming, if you aren’t moving constantly, you’re sinking (Forced cardio!). Plus, water is about 800 times denser than air, so your muscles are under constant resistance. Finally, no more trying to decide if today is going to be a strength or cardio day.

It’s easy on your joints
The low impact means swimming is a great workout for injured athletes, who need to take it easy on their joints. But it may also mean more results: You can swim at higher intensities on a regular basis without feeling wear and tear on your body. You could have a super-hard workout one day and still be in the pool the next, he says.

Bonus: Research in the International Journal of Sports Medicine shows swimming is better than straight-up rest for exercise recovery, for when you want to take it easy.

Source – ww.fitness.com