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.

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.

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. Below are 5 specific health benefits of swimming. If you haven’t tried our training plans, check them out here.

  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

Highlights of the landmark study as summarized by Professor Dame Sally C. Davies, Chief Medical Officer for England are below:

  • Swimming may be associated with a decrease in early death due to cardiovascular disease and any other cause.
  • Swimming can have a number of health and wellbeing benefits for individuals, patients, communities, and the greater public.
  • There is emerging scientific data for the physical and mental health benefits of swimming.

Swim England is the national governing body for swimming in England. The organization and network helps people learn how to swim, enjoy the water safely, and compete in all their sports. Checkout the full report here.

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

Happy Swimming!

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