Swimming is one of the most fun summer activities out there. It is one thing that the whole family can engage and still have a good time. It is also a great sport to watch on television, especially when the Olympics are on. I absolutely loved watching Missy Franklin and Michael Phelps win gold after gold in the past Olympics. However, swimming has many hidden health benefits that commonly go unnoticed. In this article, I’m going to be breaking down the benefits that swimming has to offer and why you should implement it into your lifestyle as soon as possible.
- Builds endurance
One of the best things that swimming does is it builds endurance. This is very beneficial for older people who just don’t have the energy that they used to. Swimming helps retain some of that energy. Don’t think so? Just try treading water for ten minutes straight or try going swimming for a couple of laps and you will see what I mean.
- Strengthens the cardiovascular system
Two of the best things that swimming combats are heart disease and coronary artery disease. As you get older, you are more susceptible to these diseases. Swimming helps because you use special breathing techniques while swimming and you also engage many muscles in your body, increasing blood flow. Another reason why I prefer swimming over jogging or jumping rope for older people is that it takes a lot of stress off of your joints, bones, ligaments, and tendons. All in all, swimming is a win-win for everyone.