You have surely already heard that swimming is a healthy sport, it may be even one of your motivations to frequent the winter and summer pool. The effects are indeed multiple and concern both the physical and the mental. Here is an overview of the benefits of swimming.
💡 ON THE CARDIOVASCULAR SYSTEM
➡ Decreased heart rate at rest
➡ Decreased blood pressure
➡ Improved traffic
Through a regular practice of swimming, the power and efficiency of the heart increase. His work is facilitated both at rest and at effort. Swimming can reduce certain risk factors for cardiovascular disease.
💡 ON THE MUSCLES AND THE SKELETON
➡ Maintain and develop joint mobility
➡ Improved muscle tone
Swimming is a complete sport that allows a lot of muscles to work. Their tone improves so relieving bone framing; this can have a positive effect on knee, hip or back pain. It is also a very suitable sport to maintain the amplitude of the joints and reduce the risk of osteoarthritis. The absence of shock avoids stresses on the skeleton which makes swimming practicable by the greatest number.
💡 ABOUT THE RISKS OF OVERWEIGHT AND DIABETES
➡ High caloric expenditure during exercise
➡ Improved metabolism.
➡ Significant reduction in the risk of type 2 diabetes.
Swimming allows long efforts ideal to burn a lot of calories. Driven muscles will also burn more calories at rest, so sports activity allows an increase in metabolism during and after exercise. Swimming alone will probably not be enough to lose weight, but it is essential to weight control. Type 2 diabetes is often due to overweight or lack of physical exercise; swimming will reduce the risk of the onset of this disease and will also allow the diabetic to improve his blood sugar balance.
💡 ON THE MIND
➡ Provides fun
➡ Improves self-esteem and stress management
➡ Reduces anxiety and promotes healthy sleep patterns
➡ Can build relationships
Physical activity allows you to pause, relax and change ideas. It is a moment of pleasure; we can leave the worries in the locker room and forget them for a moment. Physical spending promotes quality sleep, which also improves the psychological balance. In addition, sport often creates links with other practitioners. As for competition activities, they also have special psychological strengths, such as learning how to better regulate stress.
The benefits of practicing sports are therefore multiple and swimming has particular advantages especially in the muscular and articular. It is not necessarily necessary to train very intensively to start benefiting, 3 sessions of 30 minutes per week at moderate intensity may suffice to feel the first positive effects. However these will not appear immediately and it will be necessary to be regular and to practice for several months.
Contraindications to the practice of swimming are very rare. For a swimming practice in a club, a medical certificate is compulsory. For a practice in a free environment, a consultation is nevertheless advised especially after 40 years because the cardiovascular risks become more important.