The remarkable benefits of swimming. What happens to the body when we swim?

If the pool is a lot of fun for you, we have good news: swimming has a fantastic effect on the body. It is a physical activity that provides numerous benefits and is suitable for people of all ages.

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Swimming reduces body fat

An hour of swimming in the pool can burn as many calories as running (between 500 and 600 kcal/hour, depending on the swimming style chosen). At the same time swimming creates exceptional aerobic conditions for the body. It is also a very safe workout for people who are very overweight, when other high-intensity exercises are too much of a burden.

Swimming is good for your heart

According to scientific research, physical activity in water improves cardiorespiratory fitness and helps reduce hypertension. In addition, pool exercises are safe for people who are struggling with heart diseases, although in such cases training still requires consultation with a specialist.

Swimming is good for people with arthritis

Swimming offers a range of musculoskeletal benefits. Research conducted among arthritis sufferers shows that regular water training has the effect of reducing inflammation. An additional benefit of swimming is that, unlike exercising on land, there is no aggravating force pressing on our muscles during training underwater.

Swimming builds strength and muscles

When swimming, the whole body works, without any additional loads. Your muscles will strengthen and you will increase your endurance and performance. The water provides gentle resistance that is actually very strong! Thus, the training is really effective and at the same time enjoyable.

It is worth emphasising that swimming is a unique sport because you engage virtually all muscle parts during a single workout, especially the abdominal muscles, arms, buttocks, and whole legs. Under water, you are able to work even those muscle parts that you would not engage in any other workout. If you want to achieve exceptional results and sculpt your figure, choose challenging swimming styles: butterfly, crawl or backstroke.

Swimming and mental health

The fact that swimming improves mood and has a positive impact on mental health has been scientifically proven. Exercise in an aquatic environment is also recommended for people with dementia. But that’s not all: swimming also helps to deal with stress. A group of swimmers was put under the microscope, 44 of whom reported depressive states associated with chronic stress and a too fast pace of life. After swimming, only eight people reported no improvement in mood or lower stress levels.