Physical and mental benefits of swimming
Now here is something that you might not know, as it is a highly guarded secret amongst adult folk ... over a third of adults in the UK are non-swimmers (yes a third).
No matter what your age or how fit (or unfit!) you are, swimming is a form of exercise that health professionals and doctors highly recommend and it is especially good as you get older, or if there are any joint or muscle injuries.
During swimming the water causes resistance which gives your muscles a great work out without you even realising it! Here at the Swim People, we think the benefits of learning to swim are endless. The fact that it can save your life as well as others is just a start.
The beauty of swimming is that it is a low impact sport, there is no ground impact when you swim so you protect the joints from stress and strain, making swimming a sport that can be continued for a lifetime. The United States Masters Swimming competitions, has a 100 to 104-year-old age group category!
Swimming can alleviate stress, lift mood, increase mental wellness, improve coordination, flexibility, posture and balance
Our oldest swimmer is 98¼ years young
Regular swimming can reduce the risk of chronic illnesses, such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes and strokes. It can also boost/lift your mood and keep your weight under control.
Swimming is a great form of all-round exercise. It's ideal if you want to be more active and stay healthy, whatever your age or ability.