Boys Varsity Swimming · Boys Swimming: Article–Benefits of Swimming


The World Health Organization (WHO) defines human health as “a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease.”

Swimming promotes physical, mental and social well-being.

Physical benefits of swimming:

  • Improves lung capacity
  • Keeps your heart rate up but takes some of the impact stress off your body
  • Builds endurance, muscle strength and cardiovascular fitness
  • Helps maintain a healthy weight, healthy heart and lungs
  • Tones muscles and builds strength
  • Improves sleeping patterns and sleep apnea
  • Helps prevent heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, cancer, Alzheimer’s, obesity, lowers blood pressure and cholesterol, helps with weight management (all preventable and reversible chronic diseases — https://www.cdc.gov/chronicdisease/ and https://www.cdc.gov/chronicdisease/about/index.htm)

Mental benefits of swimming:

  • Improves memory
  • Boosts overall mood
  • Relieves stress
  • When swimming or exercising, your body releases hormones called endorphins that interact with the receptors in the brain that reduce the perception of pain and trigger positive feelings
  • Brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) is a neurotransmitter that is released when exercising that helps stimulate the production of new cells in the brain, which can help improve cognitive function.
  • Swimming and exercise have a positive impact on depression, anxiety, and ADHD.

Social benefits of swimming:

  • Camaraderie
  • Improved self-esteem
  • Improved social relationships
  • Increased confidence
  • Make new friends