Here are eight reasons to keep on swimming in Winter!
Article by Royal Life
SOURCE OF FITNESS
Whether you’re swimming for recreation or competition, swimming gives you a great work out. It keeps your heart rate up, builds cardio fitness, burns calories, and develops endurance.
BUILD MUSCLE TONE AND STRENGTH
Swimming uses almost all muscles in your body! It’s a resistance exercise that builds muscle and strength for a whole body workout. Swimming helps you develop deep stabilising muscles in your core which are often missed.
When in water, your body automatically becomes lighter so you don’t have pressure on your joints like other activities such as running. Swimming is an ideal activity to work stiff muscles and sore joints, stretching and strengthening your body.
BOOSTS YOUR MOOD
Exercise releases chemicals into your body called endorphins. These trigger a positive feeling into your body which boost your mood. Swimming has been shown to alleviate stress and tension. Swimming is also a meditative exercise, the repetition, movement and breathing can help you to relax and block out other distractions.
GOOD FOR YOUR BRAIN
Swimming has found to increase blood flow to the brain, which leads to more oxygen. That means you’ll experience more alertness, better memory and cognitive function.
HELPS CHILDREN REACH MILESTONES EARLIER
Children who learn to swim at a young age have been shown to reach many developmental milestones earlier than the normal population. As well as achieving physical milestones faster, children can also improve their visual-motor skills, and mathematical related tasks by swimming.
SWIMMING IS GREAT FOR ALL AGES AND ABILITIES
From toddlers to seniors and everyone in between, swimming is for people of all ages. The ability to control your own pace and intensity means that you can swim at your own capability.
MEET NEW PEOPLE
Whilst swimming is an individual sport, it’s also very social! You can meet people from all walks of life when swimming. Have a chat in the lap pool, join a swimming club, or get involved in aquatic facility social events to get to know people in your community.