Swimming is amazing exercise. One of the most calorie-burning activities, swimming has several other enormous perks to your healthy. Check it out.
Burn Your Calories. Many people choose to swim for weight loss. Anyone who exercises appreciates the massive amounts of effort they need to exert to burn off a relatively small number of calories. Swimming is touted as one of the best full-body modes of exercise out there and burns 500–600 calories an hour. So that’s just about two hours of energetic swimming to burn off one Big Mac… Think about that next time you grab a burger.
Love Your Lungs. A study in the Indian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology even found that swimmers had better tidal volume (the amount of air that moves in and out of the lungs during relaxed breathing) than runners did. This means they also had lower resting heart rates and lower blood pressure.
Mix Your Cardio and Strength Training. There’s nothing like the resistance of bodies against water. Water is about 800 times denser than air, so your muscles are under constant resistance. No more having to schedule cardio and strength training on different days.
Save Your Joints. Low impact means you can work out often and intensely without wear and tear on your joints. Research in the International Journal of Sports Medicine shows (not super rigorous) swimming is actually better than straight-up rest for exercise recovery.
Reduce Your Stress. As any bath-soaker knows, there is something very therapeutic about slipping into the water. According to a study published in Pain Research & Management, being submerged in water dulls the amount of sensory information that bombards your body, bringing on feelings of calm.
So, enjoy your next swim, knowing how much good you are doing for your body!
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