Benefits of Swimming

Are you searching an exercise which can prevent heart problems, diabetes, lungs infection, strengthen your muscles, reduce your weight etc? in this article I am providing information related to benefits of swimming which is a popular sport of India. Swimming is the best exercise for our body.


Swimming is not only the popular sport of India but also the world. Whether we plunge into a pool or swim in the open se, we all love being immersed in water. Swimming is an exhilarating experience in itself, but there are also numerous health benefits attached to this unique exercise.
The health benefits of swimming are associated with fun, relaxation and enjoyment. In the summer time, swimming assists in reducing body heat and rejuvenates our energy by refreshing us. Swimming builds up strength and energy li8ke no other exercise possibly can.
Swimming is an activity that we can continue for a lifetime. There are many physical and mental benefits of swimming. Swimming is great for both mind and body, here is why spending more time in the water is a seriously smart choice.
Swimming is a good all-round activity because:

  • 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.
  • Provides an all-over body workout, as nearly all of your muscles used during swimming.

Benefits of Swimming

The benefits of swimming are:

  1. Boosts your mood : A study shows that swimmers, no matter what level, are less prone to tension, depression, anger and confusion when they have been swimming, thanks to the release of feel-good hormone serotonin.

  2. Lower disease risk : Not only is swimming kind to your heart and a great form of cardiovascular exercise, swimming is also shown to control blood sugar level, lower blood pressure and reduce levels of bad cholesterol in your blood. So by swimming regularly, you are less likely to develop illnesses like type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke.

  3. Great for lungs : In swimming your body adapts to use oxygen more efficiently. Plus, your body learns to take in more fresh air with every breath, and expel more carbon dioxide with every exhalation. A study in the Indian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology even found that swimmers had better tidal volume ( the amount of air that moves in and out of the lungs during relaxed breathing ) compared to runners. This results in lower resting heart rates, lower blood pressure and better running performance.

  4. Weight control : Swimming is recognized as one of the biggest calorie burners around, and swimming is great for keeping weight under control. The exact number of calories you burn, of course, depends on your own physiology and the intensity with which you exercise, but as a general rule, for every 10 minutes of swimming you can burn 60 to 150 calories.

  5. Improves Flexibility : unlike exercise machines in a gym that tend to isolate one body part at a time, swimming puts the body through a broad range of motion that helps joints and ligaments stay loose and flexible. The arms move in wide arcs, the hips are engaged as legs scissor through the water, and the head and spine twist from side to side. Plus, with every stroke, as you reach for ward, you are lengthening the body, which not only makes it more efficient in the water, it also helps give you a good stretch from head to toe.

  6. Strengthens muscles : Ever seen a flabby dolphin or a weak looking competitive swimmer? We do not think so. That is because swimmer is a great way to increase muscular strength and muscle tone especially compared to several other aerobic exercises.
    The resistance of water can be 44 times greater than that of air, meaning you have to work harder to move through it. That means that every kick and every arm stroke becomes a resistance exercise. It is well known that resistance exercises are the best way to build muscle tone and strength. It is like working out with weight s or machines without the need for expensive equipment, which makes swimming an affordable way to strengthen you r muscles.

    So, dear friends, make swimming you daily habit and prevent yourselves for many diseases.


Author: K Mohan06 Apr 2017 Member Level: Platinum   Points : 3

Appreciation to the author for penning this wonderful article which stresses that swimming is also one of the exercise which goes a long way to keep us in healthy condition. But to our utter dismay, there are not enough swimming ponds nor swimming pools in different cities and towns to try our hand. Moreover I have invariably found that come summer only people think of swimming not for any exercise but to get some relaxation from scorching summer. What I suggest that those who are in villages should have their bath in a village well or in ponds located nearby and may even have the chance to swim. But urban people have to heavily depend on private swimming pools which are charging exorbitant rates and the timing is not suitable. Everyone wants to have swimming session in the morning or evening and the rush is more for the peak hours. And thus shortage of swimming pools and odd timings available at the disposal to swim is keeping the enthusiast away from this great hobby.

Author: Jeet Singh20 Apr 2017 Member Level: Diamond   Points : 3

The best part in swimming is that you don't sweat. Since you are underwater most of the time, your body keeps cooling and so you don't sweat. Whereas, in any other exercise, you can't stop yourself from sweating. Study says that swimming produces the same “relaxation responses” as yoga does. So, it can work like meditation too. Also, you would always see a swimmer with perfect body shape and physically fit.

Author: Swati Sarnobat03 Dec 2018 Member Level: Gold   Points : 1

Good information about swimming! Swimming can lead to cardiovascular fitness, enhances muscle strength, and builds endurance. It helps in building muscles and improves strength also. The lungs can inhale a lot of oxygen and hence the system of blood circulation improves. A person can become a better runner also. Also, the person becomes prompt and active.

Author: Sanjeev Gupta03 Dec 2018 Member Level: Gold   Points : 3

Swimming is a sport and is very popular all over the world. These days there are several swimming pools where one can learn it. It's not difficult to learn. Even these provide a facility for all age groups.

One should take precaution before diving in the swimming pool like warm up and stretch your muscles and joints before going in the pool, have goggles as chlorinated water is harmful to the eyes, don’t overdo it if you’re just starting out.

Apart from the benefits mentioned by the author here are a few other benefits:

# Swimming is relaxing and peaceful exercise.
# It improves coordination, balance and posture of the body.
# provides a pleasant way to cool down on a hot day.
# It improves the flexibility of the body.

Above all, one should learn it as one may save him/herself and others from drowning if the situation comes.

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