Swimming is perhaps one of the best summer activities out there. Not only is it fun for the whole family but there are also a lot of hidden health benefits that commonly go unnoticed. I love watching competitive swimming, especially during the Olympics. Missy Franklin and Michael Phelps are among my most favorite swimmers out there. Watching them win gold after gold was just spectacular last Olympics. Like I said, swimming is a very healthy activity that can be very beneficial to your overall well being. In this article, I’m going to be going over why it is so beneficial and why you need to implement it into your lifestyle as soon as possible especially if you are older.
- Builds your overall endurance
For most older people, they just don’t have the energy they once did when they were young kids. Swimming tends to build endurance, allowing your body to maintain its energy as you move throughout the day. Do think it builds endurance? Just try treading water for twenty minutes or swimming 20 laps and you will understand where I am coming from.
- Keeps your cardiovascular system healthy
Two of the main diseases that swimming combats are heart disease and coronary artery disease, two problems people of older age are more susceptible to. It combats these by elevating your heart rate and keeping your blood flowing. Also, swimming is better than other forms of cardio because it takes less stress off of your bones, tendons, ligaments, and joints.