Swimming regularly may help reduce the risk of chronic illnesses in some people. It can also make you feel better.
The Amateur Swimming Association (ASA) is the national governing body for all things swimming. It published a report that looked at health and fitness research from around the globe. The evidence shows swimming may help increase your life expectancy and save your life (and that’s not just by stopping you drowning)!
The report called, “Swimming, taking the plunge for a fitter lifestyle“, highlights how swimming cuts men’s risk of dying early by about 50% compared to runners, walkers and those who don’t do any activities.
It found regular swimming is also great for both sexes because it is likely to reduce heart disease, stroke and type-2 diabetes by about 535 cases in 100,000 people.
David Sparkes, the ASA Chief Executive, said, “It’s quite simple really. By swimming you’ll be improving your health but more importantly you may actually remember how much fun it is!”
NHS guidelines suggest for health benefits adults should do 30 minutes of moderate-intensity activity on five or more days a week.
A 30-minute session at the pool on one or more days a week will count towards your recommended weekly activity target but any amount of time exercising no matter how long or short is good for you.
When you swim you can let your mind float away. Once you get into it, it can become almost like a meditative trance!
The ASA believes that swimming can offer a sense of mental wellbeing; something which can’t easily be measured but is anecdotally mentioned by thousands of participants.
“Swimming clears the mind, encourages positivity in individuals and builds a sense of self worth that is not truly calculable. In short, it can make people feel better.”
There are many other benefits of swimming that you might not have thought about. This comprehensive guide at Jen Reviews offers some surprising insights along with some tips to help you swim better.
Fitness and weight loss
For most of us swimming is a safe form of exercise. If you have any worries about your health see your GP before starting swimming.
As a ‘non-impact’ sport, swimming can support up to 90% of the body’s weight in the water making it a perfect workout if you are rehabilitating injury, or looking to use the natural water resistance to build muscle strength, lose weight, or improve your cardiovascular fitness.
We are always happy to take questions on how to improve confidence and technique in the water.
Contact us to find out if FIMLCoach is delivering swim sessions in your area.
Written by Marc Dinardo
REPS Level 3 Personal Trainer
ASA Level 2 Swim Instructor
Diploma in Sports & Remedial Massage Therapy