Swimming has been called the perfect exercise. After all, you can get all of the benefits of an aerobic workout without any damaging impact on joints, and it can be done by both the very old and the very young. It is utilized by athletes to stay strong and keep fit when recovering from injury, and there is no fancy equipment needed—just you and the deep blue. However, swimming has many more benefits that those obvious advantages seen on the surface; its improvements to overall health go much deeper. So, let’s take a big breath, and dive in!
1. Long life-
Although the title of this point is more than enough to motivate you to swim, but let’s just dive into this one as well.Consider the havoc that happened in the last few days in Uttarakhand, India. If not in the windy tides, but in the calm water as well, if some of the people knew how to swim, many could have been saved. So, apart from your own long life, you can save people, and stretch theirs.
Because water is thicker than air, the resistance of the water can be up to 44 times greater than that of air, which means you have to work harder to move through it. ‘Using the resistance of water in exercise is like working out with weights or machines on land, but without the need for equipment,
3. Helps you manage your weight
Swimming breaststroke for 30 minutes will burn approximately 367Kcal, depending on your weight and speed. That beats walking, which burns only 99Kcal in the same time, cycling, which uses up 240Kcal in half an hour, and even running at 6mph, which burns 300Kcal. To find out how many calories your preferred swimming stroke burns.
4.Better Cholesterol-Without going into the complicated science behind the body and its relationship with cholesterol, let’s just say, it’s complicated.
Keeping it simple, in Layman’s terms, there are two types of cholesterols: a good one, and a bad one. And you are smart enough to know which one to appreciate, for which humans have already devised swimming, to lead’em towards a good life, with good cholesterol.
No matter what your level, swimming can make you feel better. An American study involving 100 swimmers found that both novice and intermediate swimmers felt significantly less tension, depression, anger and confusion after exercising than before. It may be because swimming, like other forms of exercise, stimulates the release of feel-good hormone serotonin.