The benefits of Swimming on Mental and Physical well being

October 7th, 2020

Swimming, compared to other sports, makes you feel energized afterwards. Nothing beats a swim session early in the morning to feel great before the start to a day. If you can find a pool that opens early enough, and that you want to do something good for yourself and be fit for a busy day, this is highly recommended.

Swimming is also a fun way to release stress after a busy day. The contact with the water is very beneficial and helps to loosen up the body and the mind. The regular rhythm of the stroke, the immersion in the water and the concentration on the technique quickly feel like a relaxing meditation in the water.

Swimming is also a very social sport. When you start to go to the pool, join a club or spectate, you quickly get to know the like-minded regulars. To chat about various topics and to exchange knowledge while you relax in the water is very enjoyable. The swimming pool is also a place where you can chat with people of all ages, which is becoming rarer in our society.

Organized swimming began in the 1800s and 1900s with the creation of swimming associations (for example, the Amateur Swimming Association in 1886) and clubs that competed against each other. There are reports from that era of swimming clubs in England, France, Germany, and the United States. High-profile events also contributed to swimming’s visibility. For instance, Matthew Webb swam the English Channel in 1875. Because swimming gives you a well-toned body, it increases your well-being and self-confidence. The contact with the water also improves your mood if you are feeling tired or a little down.

Whether you swim at a fast or slow pace, swimming is known to relieve stress, ease anxiety, and promote a calming effect on the body and mind calm. While most other exercises may involve more impact on the joints, swimming is an effective, low-impact exercise that is also relaxing and enjoyable. Working out can tire your body so you can get a good night’s rest. Because swimming strengthens many muscles, such as the core, it can improve balance. Swimming and water exercises have also been shown in a study to reduce falls among older adults. Swimming can improve your flexibility by stretching your body and keeping your ligaments and joints loose. The feel-good endorphins released from water exercise or swimming not only improve mood, but also reduce, anxiety, depression, negative mood, and improve self-esteem.

Of course, all exercise is great for the mind, but can swimming make you smarter?

Research from Australia focused on children who took swimming lessons compared to a control group of non-swimmers. The results showed that kids who regularly participated in swimming were able to master language development, fine motor skills, confidence, and physical development sooner than the control group.

Swimming may also help with math skills, as swimmers regularly calculate the meters swam in sets or interval sets to put their adding and subtraction skills to work.

If you want to participate in swimming contact your local leisure centre or drop us a line if you’re a young person who wants to join our club. Email us at [email protected]

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