With the weather getting nicer, pools will be opening soon and people are itching to get swimming. And while swimming is a great and fun pastime, there are some real and concrete reasons why you should take up swimming as a hobby or as a part of a workout.
1. Great Exercise
While most people think of going to the gym or for a run when they want to get their exercise in, maybe you should elect for the swimming pool next time. Swimming is one of the rare activities that could be seen as both a strength workout and a cardio workout. The water adds resistance to your movement which can help strength, and the fact you are working hard to stay afloat and keep moving is great for your heart and cardiovascular health.
2. Array of Medical Benefits
While most see swimming as just a fun activity to do with friends or family, the amount of different health benefits it can provide is staggering. The list of the many health benefits of swimming include: lowering risk of diabetes, improving cholesterol, improve asthma, help with brain function and live longer. With those kind of benefits paired with an activity that most people would think of as fun, taking up swimming really is a no brainer.
3. Stress Relief
While all exercises and working out are good for things like stress, anxiety and depression, swimming is probably the best of the bunch. This is because when you swim or are submerged in water, the sensory information your body receives is less, which can really help you be calm, be mindful and be less stressed. If you find yourself burnt out or not being able to de-stress, taking a nice swim could be just what you need.