There can be no doubt that swimming does wonders for your body. Whether you are looking to lose weight, build muscle, improve your fitness, tone up, or all of these things, a few hours in the pool every week will make it easy to achieve your goals.

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Additionally, Alex Kemsley, managing director of Compass Pools and president of the Swimming Teacher’s Association recommends it not only for its huge range of advantages for physical health listed above but also for its relaxation and mental health benefits. So let’s take a look at seven of the key ways that it can completely revolutionise your health.

  1. Weight loss

Of course one of the most common reasons for exercise is to keep fit and to lose weight – and it can’t be denied that this is a fantastic way to do this. Some people assume that swimming is more for fun than it is for burning calories, but this couldn’t be further from the case. Half an hour of light recreational swimming could burn as many as 220 calories. If you take it a little more seriously, this could be increased to as many as 550 calories through a high intensity 30 minutes of swimming.

  1. A full-body workout

Another common misconception of swimming is that it only works certain muscle groups – in fact, spending time in the pool constitutes a true full-body workout. Of course it is clearly working out your arms and your legs, but it also strengths your core. And it’s worth pointing out that you can switch between a range of swimming strokes to develop different muscles. While breaststroke is a great way to work on your pectoral and latissimus dorsi muscles, you can change to backstroke for your core abdominals and obliques.

  1. Virtually no injuries

Unlike many high intensity sports, swimming is a low-impact sport that is non weight-bearing so it is quite difficult to injure yourself while you swim. Excessive swimming training and poor technique can lead to shoulder or knee issues but injuries that are extremely common in other sports such as muscle strains and twisted ankles are almost impossible.

  1. A boost to your mental health

It is well known that doing any kind of cardiovascular exercise is good for your brain and your mental health. Any form of exercise triggers the brain to release endorphins, the chemicals produced by our bodies that are often referred to as the ‘happy hormones’. But swimming is especially good for us, as it promotes something known as hippocampal neurogenesis which is the growth of new brain cells in the same area of the brain that atrophies under stress. Not to mention the fact that this gives us time with our own thoughts to relax and let go of stress.

  1. Cardiovascular fitness

One of the key reasons that people take up swimming is because it is one of the most effective forms of exercise to improve your cardiovascular fitness. Even just a couple of hours of swimming a week will make you much fitter. It is a sustained aerobic form of endurance exercise that raises your heart rate while causing minimal stress to your body.

Swimming regularly halves your risk of cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure and diabetes, so this is really is a sport that is excellent for you on the inside.

  1. It can help you sleep

There is even some research to suggest that swimming regularly can help you sleep better at night. One study that looked into adults with insomnia revealed that those participants that engaged in forms of aerobic exercise, such as swimming, reported a boost in the quality of their sleep. If you are interested in getting a better night’s sleep, give swimming a try.

  1. It’s good for asthmatics

It’s also worth pointing out that this is one of the best forms of exercise for asthmatics. The symptoms of asthma can be highly debilitating and make it difficult for sufferers to play sports regularly but swimming actually provides excellent conditions for asthmatics to exercise. Pools typically have warm, humid air which is easier for sufferers to breathe, and the fact that it is an indoor sport means that they are fewer allergens in the air which can trigger attacks.

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