Swimming is a perfect sport and is useful for both mental and physical health. The low impact of water helps to increase resistance more than terrestrial exercises, and its cooling effect is good for the body.
Because of its low impact, swimming is suitable for people with limited mobility. The repulsion of water helps to reduce body weight, thereby reducing the pressure on the joints. Swimming helps to activate the whole body, especially the arms and legs, to improve internal organs, mainly the heart, nervous system and muscles.
Swimming is the best way to burn calories. Depending on the type of swim and the intensity, swimming can burn the equivalent or more calories than jogging. With only 10 minutes of swimming, swimming frogs helps burn 60 calories, 80 calories when swimming backwards, 100 calories when swimming freely and 150 calories when swimming butterflies. In comparison, jogging for 10 minutes every mile burns about 100 calories. Butterfly swimming for 30 minutes, with high intensity, burns 150 more calories than a 5km run with the same time.
Unlike exercising in a dry air environment, swimming allows us to breathe moist air during exercise. Many studies show that swimming not only alleviates the symptoms of asthma, but also improves the overall health of the lungs. When swimming, you have to stretch, bend, to push and resist the pressure of water. Constantly stretching your body when doing different types of swimming will make our body more flexible.
Not only are there many benefits for heart muscle health, but studies have also shown that swimming can reduce inflammation that leads to atherosclerosis. Many studies also found that swimming is one of the optimal options to help you stay healthy. Scientists from the University of South Carolina, USA, studied 40,547 men, aged 20 to 90, for more than 32 years, showing that those who swim are reduced mortality by 50% compared to those of runners, walkers or people who don’t practice.
When swimming, the body constantly stretches out, combined with rhythmic breathing, will be a great relaxing experience. Moreover, swimming also helps calm, thanks to the breath and the flow of water increases internal focus, overwhelms the surrounding disturbances, thereby reducing stress and stress naturally. Swimming also reverses brain damage caused by stress. If you feel sad, then swimming will help cheer you up.
Swimming is a social sport. According to research, exercise and social interaction work to improve mental health. Participants in the trial showed a greater decrease in feelings of anxiety and depression than their peers. Regular swimming helps to delay the aging process by reducing blood pressure, increasing muscle mass, improving oxygen and increasing blood flow to the brain, promoting cardiovascular health.