What Are the Health Benefits of Swimming?

Swimming is our favorite activity for many reasons. It’s great for everything from building physical fitness to improving academic performance. And most of all, it’s a blast!

This year, the organization Swim England released a report outlining even more health and social benefits from swimming. Here are some key findings from the study – just a few more reasons to keep swimming!

Swimming is an ideal exercise for people of all ages.

Exercising in water is easier on the body than other physical activities, such as running. An aquatic environment regulates body temperature and minimizes stress on joints, making it a wonderful form of exercise for people with injuries or health conditions, as well as pregnant women and older adults.

Swimming improves heart health.

For both genders across all ages, swimming has a powerful positive effect on cardiovascular health. Any amount of swimming, compared with none, was associated with a 41% reduction in cardiovascular disease mortality. Swimming is also consistently linked with improving vascular function and reducing blood pressure for people with hypertension.

Swimming helps maintain a normal weight.

The percentage of overweight children and adults

has increased in recent decades. Swimming is a fantastic and fun way to promote healthy weight loss and management.

Swimming encourages healthy development in children.

When kids have positive experiences learn to swim at an early age, they are less likely to develop a fear of water in adulthood. Research also shows that physical activity is beneficial for children’s physical, mental and social well-being. A 2013 study reported that kids engaged in regular swim lessons achieved developmental milestones – including physical and cognitive skills, math and language development, and following instructions – earlier than the general population, regardless of gender or socioeconomic background.

This new research supports our Swim Thru Life philosophy that swimming is an essential life skill that will enhance your health and happiness for years to come.

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