If you’re reading this article, you too have probably heard of the physical benefits of swimming with Lifeguard Training. So you would like to understand how swimming affects physical health and why it is even recommended for the prevention of certain chronic pains by physiotherapists. To find out, I conducted my survey to give you the Top 6 benefits of swimming .
And no doubt, at the end of this article, you will want to take the plunge more than ever!
1/ MOVE WITHOUT IMPACTING THE JOINTS
To be and stay physically fit , it is advisable to have regular physical activity . But sometimes, sport can have a negative impact on your body: sore knees , muscle pain , back pain … One of the great advantages of swimming is its gentleness on your joints since it is a sport without impact.
Swimming will therefore “ get you moving” while sparing your joints . It will even have a positive effect on them by working on their flexibility while strengthening them.
If you suffer from osteoarthritis, like more than 10 million French people, swimming will help work on the amplitude of your joints and relieve your pain . If you haven’t jumped in the water yet, you can talk to your doctor or physical therapist about swimming . It will give you the right strokes and movements to perform according to your pain .
2/ CONTROL YOUR WEIGHT
Swimming is one of the most energy intensive sports! Count about 400 calories burned for an hour of swimming at moderate speed and you can go up to 900 calories during an intense swimming session . It is therefore the ideal sport to control your weight .
In the context of weight loss , we advise you to swim for 40 minutes 3 to 4 times a week. You can discover our program to help you lose weight with swimming .
For weight control, 2 to 3 sessions will suffice. Remember that there is no miracle, the key to success is to support your physical activity with a balanced diet. Again, do not hesitate to call on a professional, such as a nutritionist. It will help you adopt a good diet to achieve your goals.
3/ STRENGTHENING YOUR WHOLE BODY
Do you find that you lack tone? Do you want to regain some muscle mass to feel better about your body ? That’s already a very good reason! But building muscle mass isn’t just a matter of aesthetics. Indeed, the muscles that work often bring many physical benefits :
- Improved posture
- Reduction of chronic pain (back, shoulders, knees, etc.)
- Prevention of the risk of injury and osteoporosis
- Preservation of the skeleton
- Fluidity in movements (especially after 60 years old)
As you will have understood, toning and working your muscles is important for your health .
Swimming makes it possible to work all the muscles effectively and without pain . Indeed, the human body floats 80% in water, so movements are easier to perform and the resistance created by the water allows you to work the muscle in depth.
Another benefit for your physical form , the abdominal strap, sometimes difficult to reach, is particularly stressed during a swimming session . And, a reinforced abdominal strap improves your posture , especially if you work all day seated and helps relieve back pain . In short, your body will thank you!
4/ MAKE YOUR HEART AND RESPIRATORY SKILLS WORK
Swimming is a so -called “ cardio ” sport . And, like all cardio sports , it will allow you to maintain this muscle that is your heart . Like all muscles , the more you train your heart , the better it works. It is estimated that one hour of swimming at medium speed practiced at least 3 times a week improves the performance of the heart by 12% … impressive!
Swimming also has a positive effect on respiratory function . It must be said that in swimming , breathingis essential in swimming technique : knowing when to breathe and how. This control, obtained over swimming sessions , will increase lung capacity but also improve the supply of oxygen to the muscles during exercise.
Finally, know that the practice of a cardio activity gives the feeling of having more energy throughout the day. Do you feel a little tired all of a sudden? So head to the pool to regain your form and energy!
5/ IMPROVE YOUR BLOOD CIRCULATION
Do you suffer from heavy legs , water retention and poor blood circulation ? So ask your doctor, swimming is one of the best sports to help you improve venous return .
Why ? It involves the repetition of many movements and the muscles alternate contraction and relaxation. It is this alternation that will promote blood circulation . Of course, this does not replace consultation with a professional, only he can give you the right advice adapted to your needs and your health .
In addition, the contact of water on the skin with each of your movements will perform a draining massage, which helps to fight against cellulite . Say goodbye to your dimples !
6/ INCREASE YOUR LIFE EXPECTANCY
Does this last point surprise you? And yet it is very serious! A study conducted by “ The international journal of aquatic research and education ” on 40,000 men between the ages of 20 and 90, revealed that swimmers reduced the risk of mortality by 50% compared to sedentary men and even compared to regular walkers and runners! Yes, we too, when we discovered this study, we made the same face as you are doing at this moment of your reading.
In addition, swimming has positive effects on many diseases : cholesterol , high blood pressure , asthma , heart diseaseand even diabetes .
For example, for people with type 2 diabetes , swimming improves their sensitivity to insulin as well as balancing their blood sugar and weight thanks to the high energy expenditure generated by a session .
It still allows, in case of hypertension , to lower blood pressure at rest through regular sessions . It can also allow asthmatics , with the help of suitable exercises , to increase their respiratory capacity .