More than just a fun way to cool off, swimming has many health benefits. Knowing how to swim is a valuable skill to have. It can do so many things for you, regardless of your age or general activity level.

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One of the most important health benefits of swimming is that it ultimately helps you live a longer life. In a study conducted by The University of South Carolina, 40,000 male test subjects were observed for over 30 years. Of the 40,000 that participated those that swam on a regular basis were 50% more likely to live a longer life than those who don't.

Benefits of Swimming for Weight Loss

That being said, swimming should be a priority in everyone's life. The benefits of doing so include being able to exercise in the water, which is more beneficial than excising out of it. When one is submerged in waist deep water they are only carrying half of their weight. When they are submerged in neck-deep water, the water carries 90% of their weight for them. Water-based exercises are excellent for anyone suffering from arthritis or even the pain of carrying around too much weight. They are also beneficial when one has sore or stiff muscles or joints. In these cases, it is best to exercise in a heated pool. Osteoarthritis can also be treated by exercising in warm water.

For those who are overweight, swimming is one of the best ways to burn calories. Some styles of swimming are known for burning more calories than others. For example, the backstroke burns 80 calories while freestyle burns 100 calories. Simply engaging in intense swimming for a 10 minute period can burn as many as 150 calories.


Benefits of Swimming

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A swimming workout doesn't have to be done all at once to provide health benefits. Taking breaks between laps actually helps swimmers burn as many calories as possible. A good rule of thumb is to swim for 50 yards and take a rest before swimming another 100 yards. Repeating this pattern to achieve 300 yards swimming is the most beneficial.

Physical Benefits of Swimming

  1. Tones muscles and builds strength 
  2. Helps maintain a healthy weight
  3. Builds endurance
  4. Keep stress levels out of your body
  5. Provides a complete body workout

    Others whose health benefits from swimming include those suffering from asthma. When an asthmatic person swims the moisture rising from the water is beneficial for their lungs. Having a regular swimming regime encourages healthy breathing techniques and helps the lungs expand to get more air in. Asthma sufferers of all ages can benefit from regular swimming.

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    Heart disease and high cholesterol are two common health problems; both of which swimming provides health benefits for. Regular swimmers are less likely to experience heart disease than those who don't engage in the activity. Aerobic swimming lowers blood pressure as well. It is also beneficial in reversing high levels of bad cholesterol and elevating high levels of good cholesterol. Older swimmers will even find that their arteries are healthier after they begin swimming on a regular basis.

    These are just a few of the many health benefits of swimming. This activity can become a fun hobby as well as encourage healthy living and longer lives.


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