Now that the warm weather is here, I know that a lot of you will be busy preparing for your vacations. Buying warm weather clothing, beachwear and swimwear are on a lot of peoples “to do” lists.
Plus, as you can see here most fashion retailers are already stocking their full range of swimwear. There are plenty of tankinis, bikinis, swim dresses, one-pieces, trunks and swimming shorts for you to choose between. All you need now is the motivation to get out there and enjoy swimming more often. Here are six good reasons to do that:
- Swimming is good for your physical health
The top of the list has to be the fact that this form of exercise is very effective. When you swim you flex and stretch virtually every muscle in your body multiple times. Provided you swim fast enough, your cardiovascular system also gets a workout. Therefore, it is ideal for improving your overall fitness.
Recent research carried out by Hirofumi Tanaka who is the director of the Cardiovascular Aging Research Lab at the University of Texas has uncovered many benefits for people who suffer from all kinds of health issues. For example, he has found that swimming can help to lower blood pressure. You can read more about this and other health benefits here.
- Swimming is a safe way to exercise
The fact that your body is supported by the water means that the chance of injuring yourself while swimming is very low. It is one of the safest forms of exercise there is. Provided, of course, you stick to swimming in safe environments.
- Virtually anyone can do it
Swimming is something you can do regardless of your current fitness level. Exercising in water makes it easy for you to gradually build up your strength and stamina levels.
- Swimming is good for your mental health
Going for a swim on a regular basis is also very good for your mental health. There is no doubt that swimming is relaxing, especially if you are able to lay in the sun for a little while once you get out of the water. There is something truly wonderful about swimming in the sea or a safe lake. It is an effective way to ensure that you get outdoors more and spend time enjoying being close to nature, which is good for mental health.
- Swimming helps you to sleep soundly
Even though it does not feel like it when you are doing it, swimming is quite taxing on the body. It is a very gentle way to tire yourself out so that you can get a good night’s sleep. Numerous studies have shown that getting a good night’s rest has a very positive impact on your health.
- Swimming keeps you happier and motivated
Recent research carried out in the UK by YouGov shows that swimming can also help people who are already suffering from mental health issues. They surveyed a large group of adults who already had problems but swam regularly. Forty-three percent of them said that swimming made them feel happier and motivated them to complete daily tasks.
If you want to read more about how you can use physical therapy to overcome mental health benefits, you can do so by clicking here. The article explains the chemical changes that happen in your body when you exercise and the positive effect this can have on how you feel.