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.
Enhancing Your Physical & Mental Health!
Swimming participation has been shown to reduce the event of premature death due to inactivity of all cause and cardiovascular disease cause mortality by 28% and 41% respectively (Oja, Kelly et al. 2016). In addition it has been suggested that Swimmers are at a lower risk of early death compared to individuals engaging in walking (50%) or running (49%). (Chase, Sui et al. 2008).
In the past it has been a common misconception that swimming pool environments have played a part in the development of asthma, however there doesn't seem to be adequate evidence to support this. Recent research (Valeriani, Protano et al. 2017) suggested that swimming pool attendance was not associated with an increased risk of developing asthma, but that conversely it has been associated with increased lung function (Font-Ribera, Villanueva et al. 2011). Other research has indicated that asthmatics may in fact tolerate swimming better than other sports (Goodman & Hays, 2009).
Swimming not only enhances your physical health but it can also increase your quality of life and sense of community - so what are you waiting for come in for a splash!