Apart from being fun and pleasurable, Swimming has a lot of benefits and is great for your general health!
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For those who already enjoy the pleasures of swimming and games in the pool or white water, you know that swimming is synonymous with well-being.
Fine connoisseurs or absolute beginners, if you want to practice a sport, swimming offers many benefits.
At the mental, muscular, cardio-respiratory level and even in combination with other sports, follow us to (re)discover the benefits of swimming.
1. THE CARDIO AND PULMONARY BENEFITS OF SWIMMING
Regular practice improves your cardio and respiratory capabilities. You breathe better in the water!
If you practice recreational swimming or train at a club, your sessions require physical endurance at a moderate and prolonged level of intensity.
These conditions allow you to develop your cardio-vascular and pulmonary capacities at your own pace and in a homogeneous way.
In addition to improving your breath and stamina, you develop your heart capacity.
2. SWIMMING - THE BENEFITS FOR YOUR MUSCLES
The absence of any shock or vibration allows you to work your muscles smoothly.
In the pool, a wetsuit is not the only thing that's full: your muscles fill out as well!
Swimming allows you to work your muscles in a harmonious way. Your entire body is immersed in the water, so you solicit all of your musculatures.
The different strokes require different muscular efforts and if you want to work for a particular muscle group, you can use accessories such as kickboards and pull-buoys.
In swimming it's simple, your whole body is in the water and you tone all of your muscles without stressing any of the joints. We'll get to your head in a minute.
3. PROGRESS, RECOVER, START ALL OVER AGAIN
And what if you are told to go to the water to "warm down"? Do you find that strange? Rest assured, we are talking here about a healthy lifestyle and making progress in sports!
In sports, the term "warm down" refers the active recovery you perform after a match or training. And to supply your muscles with oxygen and burn off the toxins they stored during the effort, nothing beats swimming at a slow but fluid pace. In swimming, it's called "soft" strokes.
In addition to being your best ally for recovery after exercise, swimming also allows you to progress as part of a physiotherapy program or gradual return to sport. You can build your muscles gently and you choose the pace and intensity of your sessions.
In addition to other sports, for physiotherapy or competition swimming, swimming is synonymous with physical recovery and progress.
4. GET BACK INTO SHAPE AT YOUR OWN PACE WITH SWIMMING
Pregnant, fit, overweight, old, floundering? Swimming allows you to get active and enjoy yourself at your own pace.
When you swim, the Archimedes principle means you float on the surface of the water. Which relieves you of two-thirds of your weight. This virtual weightlessness allows you to practice a physical activity without tiring your back or your joints. It is a sport that promotes muscle tone and practicable flexibility even if you have circulation or articulation problems.
Asthmatic? The humidity of the air in a pool and the gentle solicitation of the respiratory muscles make swimming an excellent choice of sport.
It is also an endurance activity: you burn calories!
Whatever your age, weight or health history, swimming allows you to have fun and exert yourself at your own pace.
5. SWIMMING WITH HAPPINESS
In addition to taking care of your body, swimming is good for your mind.
Counting the tiles on the bottom of the pool when you swim lengths for your next competition is good. (By the way, here are some cool tips for counting your lengths.) But swimming also allows you to come out of your shell!
The hot and humid air of the pools, the feeling of floating, the slip of the water, the regularity of your actions are all natural anti-stress factors that allow you to clear your mind while you swim.
Swimming is an endurance sport, which allows you to produce endorphins and exert yourself.
With regular practice, you will soon discover the benefits of swimming on your blood pressure and sleep.
Which shows it's not just your body that swimming relaxes.
In a club as in leisure, in addition to other sports or as part of a physiotherapy program, swimming has a lot to offer you. How about you? Why do you want or love to swim? Share with us the physical and mental benefits you get from swimming!