Swimming helps in toning your muscles, losing weight, enhancing brain activity, and a whole lot more!
Swimming is one of the most fun, relaxing, and effective exercises of all. It activates muscles all over your body. When you do something this good for your body, you don't just feel refreshed once you step out of the water, you feel energized and even healthy. You feel so good about yourself in so many ways. Putting this kind of hard work in on a regular basis can surely do wonders to our bodies. I mean, swimmers have the best bodies for a reason, don't they? Just like all other exercises, swimming too uses some body parts more than the others, however, it does not really leave anything out. There are so many benefits of swimming on a regular basis. Here are seven benefits of swimming for at least 20 minutes on a daily basis.
This is one of the most obvious changes you will see in your body after swimming on a regular basis. Your muscles get toned because they are constantly used while swimming. The muscles do not just look better, they are a lot stronger than you know. It helps more than any other aerobic exercise. Your upper body muscles (especially your shoulders and arms) get toned more than your lower body. However, there you use every muscle as you propel your way through the water. It is better than running and other aerobic exercises because you go against the resistance of the water.
This is where swimming is better than even working out in the gym. It works the body through the harsh side effects on the skeletal system. While working out in the gym or doing any other form of exercise we use our full body weight and our bone strength to a large extent which leads in the joints getting rusty (which is why people who workout consume fish oil). When immersed inside water we don't use any of our body weight or our bone strength. People suffering from arthritis can exercise too if under water.
Swimming is one of the best ways for you to keep your weight in check. It is known to be one of the best and fastest ways to burn calories. For every 10 minutes of intense swimming, you should burn up approximately 150 calories, depending on your weight and sex. This plus toned muscles? It can't get any better! If you really look forward to losing weight through swimming then you should try interval training. In other words, swimming with timed intervals helps in burning calories faster. So, say goodbye to all that unhealthy fat.
Most people with toned bodies aren't usually very flexible. It requires a lot of stretching and regular practice to be flexible. However, swimming helps you in all the right ways possible to enhance flexibility. The motions that the exercise puts you through helps joints, as well as ligaments, stay flexible and loose. The constant twisting of the head and spine make sure to keep nodes in your back and neck at bay as well. The constant scissor-like movement of your legs makes your waist and legs flexible too.
Other than the fact that it is refreshing and this helps in reducing stress, the constant movement during swimming helps reduce stress as well. Another important thing to be noted is that while swimming, there is more oxygen flow to the muscles. You are also forced to regulate your breathing. It helps improve your brain functions via a process known as hippocampal neurogenesis, in which your brain will replace lost cells resulted by stress.
People struggle with getting quality sleep because of all the stress and pressure they are faced with in life. Swimming every day for around 20 minutes helps you get quality sleep. It has been proved several times in the past that swimming helps you sleep better. There is reduced stress, you feel tired but great after all that exercise, and even though it is very refreshing, a clear and relaxed mind sleeps better than a one that is overflowing with stress.
Swimming is said to help a lot when it comes to body pains and aches. Swimming as an exercise underwater does not really require you to use a lot of strength, even though you do use your strength you don't really feel it as much. Patients with backaches and stiff joints, as is the case with arthritis, greatly benefit from the pain-relieving, weightless effects of swimming in warm water. Also, most regular aches and pains go away with a certain amount of exercise and the easiest of all exercises is swimming.Disclaimer : This article is for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.