A study was recently conducted by Swim England on the health and wellbeing benefits of swimming. You can read the executive summary of the study here and the full version here. The evidence from the report supports what we already know:

Whether it’s for leisure, pleasure or competition, swimming is a great way to improve your health and wellbeing.

As one of the most popular forms of physical activity, swimming and other aquatic exercise confers significant physical health benefits for both healthy individuals and those with disease. These health benefits extend well across the span of someone’s life.

Physiological Benefits of Swimming

In healthy children and adolescents, swimming just once may reduce the body’s ability to respond to oxidative stress (which can cause cell damage), however, repeated swim training may actually improve the body’s defenses against oxidative stress. Below are more benefits of Long-term swim training:

  • Improves cardiorespiratory fitness and endurance in healthy pre-pubertal girls and adults, women during pregnancy, children with asthma, and adults with osteoarthritis.
  • Improves systolic blood pressure in adults with abnormally high blood pressure (hypertension).
  • Swim training studies have also reported improvements in measures of heart and blood vessel function, and how sensitive the body is to the effects of insulin in adults with hypertension, and blood vessel function in older adults.

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Exercise in water gives your body more support than exercise on land. Swimming has less impact on your joints and bones than land-based workouts. Water is 800x denser than air so the benefit of this added resistance is felt when swimming laps. Because swimming is low impact, it’s something you can do every single day. As a result swimming is the best form of physical exercise that promotes good health with the following benefits:

  1. Low Impact, High Reward
  2. Swimming Improves Heart Health
  3. Swimming Lowers Blood Pressure
  4. Swimming Reduces Joint Pain
  5. Swimming Increases Bone Strength

Summary

Water-based exercise brings a number of advantages, as compared to land-based exercise. As an environment that offers reduced weight-bearing stress, higher humidity levels, decreased heat load and a greater margin of therapeutic safety. Swimming is extremely well placed to safely and effectively meet the needs of a wide range of individuals, in both treatment and prevention of physical health issues.

“Swimming is one simple way to boost your life expectancy”

So what are you waiting for? Start a MySwimPro Training Plan today and get to the pool!

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