Low impact, invigorating and fun, there’s every reason why you should be making a splash when it comes to exercise.
Swimming has been shown to not only work the upper body – think shoulders and upper arms, but also your glutes and calves, giving you the perfect whole body workout.
For those who are undergoing rehabilitation, swimming is the perfect exercise due to the low impact nature of the sport. Feeling weightless, you can gently work your joints for better recovery and gradual muscle building.
Taking to the water can even rival yoga when it comes to stress release. What better way of leaving your worries and cares of the world behind, than by plunging head first into the wet stuff?
If it’s longevity you’re looking out for, swimmers have been shown to live 50% longer than runners in a journal by University of South Carolina. The results were all down to the shorter breaths during swimming lengths which teaches the body to effectively use oxygen.
Swimming is also a great low cost exercise. As long as you’re armed with your cossie and a towel, many pools and gyms will charge a nominal fee for use. You don’t need any fancy kit and once you’re in the water no one will be watching you, making it the ideal sport for anyone with low confidence.
With plenty of pools around in the UK, why not find your local swimming centre and take the plunge?
Emma - try open water swimming if there is anywhere near you that does it. It's very different and you will definitely not be bored!
I do love swimming but I find it takes so long. once I've got to the pool, changed, swam, showered, changed again, dried my hair, driven home - I can't always be bothered! But it is a great workout for sure, and very low-impact.
I haven't been swimming in ages, and this reminds me how much I used to enjoy it. I will make the effort!