Whether you want to learn how to swim out of necessity for safety, as a distraction from life, for your health or competitively, the beauty about swimming is that it can be done the whole way through your life span, it can be accessed by all abilities and has endless therapeutic, mental and physical health benefits!
If you like to swim on your own, with a friend or in a club you instantly become part of the swimming family, sharing a love for the water! As we know regular physical activity has endless health benefits, the beauty about swimming is that it places little stress on your joints while still having a beneficial impact on your cardiovascular & respiratory fitness. With your face in the water you have the opportunity to escape the troubles of everyday life and focus on your mental well-being.
Swimming is one of the best activities out there for all round fitness, as a swimming session will target the following areas of the body; your stomach, arms, legs, bottom and back. Swimming will give you a complete body workout, whereas running and cycling mainly cover your lower body. Swimming will also help improve flexibility and strength and most importantly it’s a great aerobic exercise meaning your heart will be healthy and happy.
Swimming has no real entry level which makes it great for beginners, doesn’t cost much or in the case of open water swimming is free and doesn’t require expensive hi tech equipment to take part. You can add other accessories to your routine such as kickboards or noodles which most pools will provide to you free of charge.
Swimming can be a solo or group activity and can be done by just about anyone even if you are much older, pregnant or have a physical, sensory or learning impairment. Swimming has been proven to provide great relief to anyone suffering from arthritis, osteoarthritis and chronic back pain as it eases the load on the joints and pressure is evenly distributed. Swimming has also been shown to have positive results for people who has diabetes helping those individuals to burn calories, lose weight and help to control their blood sugar levels.
Swimming has also been shown to have fantastic transformative results for your lungs – when running or cycling your breathing becomes quicker and exhaling becomes more forceful but with swimming it’s the other way around. You breathe deeply and let the air slowly trickle out improving the strength of your respiratory muscles. This means it’s the best form of exercise for people with asthma and former smokers looking to gain back some of what cigarettes have taken away from them.
Swimming can also be a great mood lifter as the feeling of weightlessness can be very uplifting and freeing, which could be part of the reason why once people take up swimming they tend to stick with it much more so than with other more restrictive forms of exercise.
Please note Swim Ireland recommend that you always consult with your doctor before starting a new activity if you do have any existing health conditions.
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- Swimming is a low impact exercise
- Swimming is a Sport for Life
- Swimming Builds Cardiorespiratory Fitness
- Swimming Builds Muscle Mass
- Swimming is a great alternative when injured
- Swimming Burns Calories
- Swimming has Psychological, Emotional and Social Benefits
- Swimming Improves Mental Health