Updated 28 September 2015

10 reasons why swimming is good for you

Swimming has many health benefits. Here are 10 great reasons why you should start swimming today.

Swimming is an excellent form of exercise you can do across your lifespan.

Ross Johnson from Swim4Life says swimming is a wonderful exercise because it:

 - Uses almost all the major muscle groups and places a vigorous demand on your heart and lungs.

 - Develops muscle strength and endurance while improving posture and flexibility.

 - Is especially useful for people who are overweight, pregnant, or with leg or lower back problems.

 - Is great sport for people of all ages and all proficiency levels.

 - Provides most of the aerobic benefits that running does, with many of the benefits of resistance training thrown in.

 - Does not put the strain on connective tissues that running, aerobics and some weight-training regimens do.

 - Helps to control your weight, if you follow a healthy energy restricted diet, by decreasing body fat, increasing muscle mass and increasing metabolic rate without the effects of gravity on your joints

 - Improves your mental health and mood as it relieves stress, tension, anger and depression as a result of ‘feel good’ hormones being released during physical activity.

 - Helps smokers quit – research indicates that smokers who exercise are twice as successful in their attempts to quit.

 - Increases your quality of life – when you are physically inactive, your body slowly loses strength, stamina and ability to function optimally.

Read more:

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