Have you ever thought of the benefits of swimming? Of course, all the sports are useful for people, as they are source of energy, health and beauty. However, swimming can be considered as exceptional sport in terms of advantages it provides to the people.
Many people believe that aerobics is the best way to lose weight; however, it has been proven that exercising in the water has better effect on your body. The reason for this is that water “carries” the most part of your body weight (some 80-90%), while you have to control only the limited 10-20%.
This always helps you to exercise your body more effectively to lose some kilograms, especially if you are overweight (you can mainly work on your stiff muscles and your sore joints). If you suffer from arthritis then swimming will be your best medicine.
In water your joints and muscles are protected from stress, as you avoid the harsh impact of your surroundings. Scientists from the University of South Carolina, based on their research results, have come to a conclusion that swimming is boosting human life (fountain of life).
Swimming burns around 150 calories every 10 minutes; this might vary depending on your physiology and intensive speed. If you consider exercising in the water you need to know that it provides additional 12-14% flexibility to your body. Besides, it protects you from overheat, allowing exercising for a longer time.
Swimming increases and develops blood circulation in the body, improves the physical condition, keeps the weight under control, strengthens your muscles, builds up endurance, improves heart functionality, keeps muscular balance, etc.
On the other hand it is a sport that offers you fun alternatives (various kinds of water sports that are inseparable from swimming) allows you enjoying the time with your friends and family.
Many people around the world face the issues caused by high level cholesterol. Swimming is one of those unique sports that help you maintain right level of it. Diabetes, another issue many people face, can be somehow controlled by swimming. Being more specific, if you swim for about 30 minutes 3 times a week, it will help you reduce (by 10%) the risk of occurrence of type 2 diabetes.
American Diabetics Association suggests that people having diabetes should be spending weekly around 150 minutes in the swimming pool.
On the other hand, when swimming, chemicals named endorphins are being realized by the body, increasing the spirit of the swimmer and providing good mood.
Swimming has also been proved to be a good “vitamin” for the brain. During swimming the cells lost as a result of stress are being replaced during the process called hippocampal neurogenesis.
Finally, swimming is simply fun – this is a type of sport that you can enjoy with your friends and family on regular basis. This way you get 2 benefits in 1 – a healthier life and more time spent with your beloved ones.
If you are a fan of water sports and can allocate some 1-1.5 hours weekly for better health than swimming should be your first choice.