We all know that aerobic exercises like running are good for our health, but there are times when we all get bored of running. You might even be thinking of a bit of muscle training but then again, what if you strain them a bit too much? With summer approaching, it is time to try out swimming as an aerobic exercise. It is undoubtedly one of the best exercises you will have on your list.
Wondering what makes it stand out of the crowd? Well, read this article to know all about swimming and its 5 most significant benefits.
#1. Improvement in Muscle Strength
Who doesn’t love the feeling of getting more and more muscle strength with every exercise session? We all do. But we all get bored with the same old weightlifting sessions every day. Looking for a change? Swimming might be just your arena.
Swimming helps you work almost all the muscles of your body at the same time. If you have noticed someone while swimming, you will see how their legs kick, backs rotate, arms pull and stomachs tighten. Most importantly, these all happen at the same time and you will not need to work your muscles through separate exercises.
Swimming is the best option for people who are suffering from all kinds of chronic pain (for instance, neck pain or even back pain). Swimming helps people work their muscles in an efficient manner to prevent all sorts of strains.
People suffering from chronic pain can also try to combine muscle training exercises with muscle relaxing exercises (spinal decompression, for instance). This might slowly and steadily help you do away with chronic pain entirely.
#2. Burns a Lot of Calories
Tired of trying out separate exercises for burning calories and fats? Swimming is the perfect exercise for you. It burns calories and works out your fat tissues at the same time.
Now you can easily let go of your running schedules. Swimming will burn the same calories for you but in a fun & also relaxing way! More importantly, if you choose the correct strokes and engage in a more intense swimming exercise, you are more likely to lose more calories than you did while running.
Swimming for as few as 10 minutes can help you burn a lot of calories. For instance, breaststrokes will help you burn as many as 60 calories. Similarly, backstrokes and freestyle will burn 80 and 100 calories respectively. Butterfly, on the other hand, will help you burn almost 150 calories in 10 minutes. Running, on the other hand, will help you burn a little more than 90 calories in 10 minutes.
#3. Reduces Both Stress and Depression
Apart from all the physical benefits that swimming has in store for you, swimming also has a few positive effects on your mental health. Like running releases emotional energy and makes you feel positive, swimming does it too. Swimming also helps you relax your body and mind like in a yoga session. This is mainly because we stretch almost all of our muscles while swimming. It is not for nothing that we call it an all-in-one exercise.
Moreover, when we swim, we can think of nothing else. We can hear the splash of the water hitting our limbs and our own breath. This makes swimming a pretty meditative & happy exercise.
Last but not the least, a lot of research in the past few years has proved how swimming can help in the reversal of all sorts of stress-related damage that is caused to the brain. So, whenever you feel stressed, find a swimming pool and let the blue water wash all the stress away because an intense swim is all that you might need.
#4. Make You Smarter
Not the most obvious reasons why swimming is a recommended activity but the development of smartness is definitely one of the best reasons why it must be considered over others.
As per recent research that was carried out on a couple of groups of children, one group included children who swim almost regularly and another group of children who don’t. The research proved that swimming helped the first group of children master everything ranging from learning languages to developing fine motor skills. These children also developed physically quicker and gained more confidence than the other group.
#5. Good for Your Skin
Swimming in marine or salted water is not only effective for the muscles but also for the brain and the skin.
This is mainly because salty water or marine water removes all sorts of impurities from the skin. It detoxifies the skin and simultaneously keeps the skin moist and helps in the growth of new skin cells. A swim in the sea will make your skin smooth and renewed.
Now that you know all about the benefits of swimming, what are you waiting for? Jump into the cool blue waters and make your life better.