Health Benefits of Swimming

We all know that swimming is good for us, but do we know all the benefits that it has to offer?  With spring just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about all the fun we can have outside to get the most out of our short lived Midwestern summers.

Swimming helps you lose weight – Swimming for just 30 minutes burns more calories that walking, cycling or running for the same amount of time.

Swimming is low-impact exercise – the buoyancy of the water lessens the strain on bones, joints and muscles, reducing the risk of injury compared to other forms of exercise.

Swimming boosts your mood – swimmers are less prone to tension, depression, anger and confusion after they’ve been swimming, thanks to the hormone serotonin.

Swimming strengthens muscles – the resistance of water is greater than air.  This means you have to work harder to move through it which strengthens your muscles.

Swimming improves your sleep – vigorous exercises like swimming, wear you out.  Making you less likely to have trouble falling asleep or experience insomnia.

Swimming is family friendly – everyone can enjoy time in the pool, from children to adults.

Water is good for your mental health – water is a natural stress reliever.  Floating in water makes anxiety melt away.  Just being near water provides a calming environment.  The soothing sound of water provides an excellent setting for meditation or diving into that book you’ve been meaning to read.