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:
- Improved self-esteem
- Improved social relationships
- Increased confidence
- Make new friends