Swimming

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These days I am really loving the sun, tanning, but also trying to stay fit at the same time. Perfect combination for the good shape and amazing tan!? Swimming! Yes, it can make a difference. Swimming is a healthy workout that can be done for a lifetime. As far as it is good for your body, it is also great for your mind and relaxation. It is a low-impact activity that has several mental and bodily health benefits, that is a recreational motion for everyone. It builds endurance, muscle strength, and cardiovascular fitness. So feel free to jump in the ocean or the pool.

In order to convince you even more, lets see 10 proven facts about the benefits of swimming:

1. Helps you manage your weight

Swimming breaststroke for 30 minutes will burn approximately 367Kcal, depending on your weight and speed. That beats walking, which burns only 99Kcal in the same time, cycling, which uses up 240Kcal in half an hour, and even running at 6mph, which burns 300Kcal.

2. Lowered stress levels and increased self-esteem

A worldwide survey of almost 4,000 swimmers by swimwear brand Speedo revealed that getting in the pool is the perfect way to unwind. 74% of those questioned agreed that swimming helps release stress and tension while 68% said that being in the water helps them to feel good about themselves and 70% felt that swimming helps them to feel mentally refreshed.

3. Better mood

No matter what your level, swimming can make you feel better. An American study involving 100 swimmers found that both novice and intermediate swimmers felt significantly less tension, depression, anger and confusion after exercising than before. It may be because swimming, like other forms of exercise, stimulates the release of feel-good hormone serotonin.

4. Strengthens muscles

Because water is thicker than air, the resistance of the water can be up to 44 times greater than that of air, which means you have to work harder to move through it. ‘Using the resistance of water in exercise is like working out with weights or machines on land, but without the need for equipment.’

5. Improved sleep

The National Sleep Foundation’s 2013 poll found that people who take vigorous exercise, such as swimming, are almost twice as likely as non-exercisers to report, “I had a good night’s sleep”, every night, or almost every night. They are also the least likely to report sleep problems; more than two-thirds of vigorous exercisers say they rarely or never had symptoms commonly associated with insomnia, including waking up too early and not being able to get back to sleep and difficulty falling asleep.

6. It’s low-impact

About 90% of your body’s weight is buoyant when you swim, so you’re only bearing 10% of your weight. This allows for greater ease of movement with less strain placed on bones, joints and muscles.

7. It’s sweat-free

While swimming, your constant movement generates up to 85% of your body heat but because water that’s cooler than your core body temperature is continually moving all around you and cooling you down, you never feel over-heated or get sweaty.

8. It’s kinder to your heart

As you swim, the water that surrounds your body exerts pressure which helps your circulatory system return your blood to your heart. The demand on your heart is reduced by up to 17 beats per minute or 13% compared to someone exercising on land.

9. Helps prevent type 2 diabetes

Swimming for at least half an hour three to four times a week, combined with eating a balanced low-glycaemic index (GI) diet, has been shown to control blood sugar levels.

10. Reduced blood pressure and cholesterol levels

Studies have shown that swimming for 30 minutes at least three times a week can significantly lower your blood pressure. One study found that resting heart rate was considerably lowered after just 10 weeks of regular swimming. Plus, swimming for half an hour or longer helps reduce the levels of bad cholesterol (LDL) in your blood while raising the levels of HDL – good cholesterol.

I think I talked a lot.. Now its time to jump in the water :)

Love, MM xx

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