Swimming is a great way to keep fit and well. It is an excellent way to work your entire body and cardiovascular system. An hour of swimming burns almost as many calories as running, without all the impact on your bones and joints.
There are a host of benefits you may gain from swimming laps regularly. Read on to learn about the health benefits of swimming.
One of the biggest benefits of swimming is that it truly works your entire body, head to toe. It increases your heart rate without stressing your body, tones your muscles, builds strength and endurance. No matter what stroke you swim, you’re using most of your muscle groups to move your body through the water.
While your muscles are getting a good workout, your cardiovascular system is, too. Swimming makes your heart and lungs strong. Some studies have shown that swimming may help lower blood pressure and control blood sugar.
Swimming can be a safe exercise option for people with arthritis, injury, disability or other issues that make high-impact exercises difficult.
Swimming may even help reduce some of your pain or improve your recovery from an injury. One study showed that people with osteoarthritis reported significant reductions in joint pain and stiffness, and experienced less physical limitation after engaging in activities like swimming and cycling.
Swimming is an efficient way to burn calories. You can burn as many, if not more, calories in the pool as you can by pounding the pavement, as long as you put in the effort.
For example, a 73-kg person burns approximately 423 calories an hour while swimming laps at a low or moderate pace. That same person may burn up to 715 calories an hour swimming at a more vigorous pace. A 90-kg person doing the same activities would burn between 528 and 892 calories an hour. A 110-kg person might burn between 632 and 1,068.
To compare these numbers to other popular low-impact activities, that same 73-kg person would only burn around 314 calories walking at 6 kilometres per hour for 60 minutes. Yoga might burn just 183 calories per hour. And the elliptical trainer might burn just 365 calories in that hour.
Swimming may have the power to help you sleep better at night. In a study on older adults with insomnia, participants reported both a boost in quality of life and sleep after engaging in regular aerobic exercise.
Swimming is accessible to a wide range of people who deal with physical issues that make other exercises, like running, less appealing. That can make swimming a good choice for older adults looking to improve their sleep.
Kids need a minimum of 60 minutes of aerobic exercise each day. It doesn’t need to feel like a chore either. Swimming is a fun activity and doesn’t necessarily feel like formal working out.
Your child can do either structured swimming lessons or be part of a swim team. Unstructured swim time is another solid option to get kids moving.
Researchers surveyed a group of swimmers immediately before and after swimming. Of the 101 people surveyed, 44 reported being mildly depressed and feeling stress related to fast-paced life. After swimming, the number of people who still reported feeling stressed decreased to just eight.
While more research needs to be done in this area, the researchers conclude that swimming is a potentially powerful way to relieve stress quickly.
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