Swimming is one of the most fun activities out there. Not only is it fun and entertaining but it also has many health benefits that go unnoticed. It is also a great sport to watch on TV due to its competitive nature. I absolutely loved watching both Missy Franklin and Michael Phelps compete against fellow Olympians last summer. However, these added health benefits can really help you as you age. In this article, I am going to be breaking down these health benefits and I am also going to tell you why you need to implement swimming into your lifestyle as soon as possible.
- Builds endurance
One of the main things swimming does for the body is it builds endurance. Don’t think so? Try treading water for ten minutes straight or even swim a few laps and you will understand where I am coming from. In my opinion, it is better than taking a jog or doing jump rope.
- Builds up your cardiovascular system
Two things that you are susceptible to while you age is coronary artery disease and heart disease. Swimming combats both of these. When you are using special breathing techniques and engaging many muscles in the body, you are only empowering your entire cardiovascular system. And because swimming doesn’t require a lot of physical contact, you are taking tremendous amounts of stress off of your ligaments, bones, tendons, and joints. This is why I especially recommend swimming for older people. All in all, swimming is a very fun activity and a healthy one at that.