Swimming is a sport that can be practiced at all ages and in all seasons. This discipline is very popular today and requires inexpensive equipment. It can be practiced in a collective or private pool or in the sea. It has multiple benefits for your body both physically and mentally.
At Pret-a-Train, we always try to find a complementary sport for our clients, such as climbing, running, cycling, or walking. This often depends on the wishes and abilities. That’s why lots of our clients follow our personal training programs but also do swimming on their own.
Find out why swimming can be a good sport for you.
Avoiding the risk of drowning
First of all, it’s important to start swimming from a young age to learn the basics of how to float. In fact, practicing swimming allows for avoiding accidents and the risk of drowning. You can simply learn in a swimming pool at home or at your friends’ houses. You can also go to municipal pools or even to the sea. By the way, this is also true for adults who, if they cannot swim, are also at risk of drowning.
After talking about safety, let’s talk about health benefits in general.
Swimming is a good sport for you because it allows you to work in all parts of your body. The 4 swims that make up this discipline: the crawl, the butterfly, the breaststroke, and the backstroke. It also allows you to improve your posture by lying down in the water.
In addition, swimming is highly recommended for its benefits following injuries, rehabilitation, or back pain.
This is why we often recommend it to people who may have joint pain. Swimming is a fluid sport with no impact.
Swimming is an endurance sport that allows you to work your cardiovascular system and strengthen your lung capacity. The more you’ll swim the more you’ll find it easier to breathe and manage the effort. Start your workouts gradually and let your body get used to the effort. Along with this, remember that you should not neglect recovery times! Over time, you’ll gain better endurance. This can help some people who also want to perform in other disciplines such as running or cycling.
If you want to lose weight and slim down, swimming can be a good sport for you.
It allows you to burn many calories (from 200 to 600 kcal/h) thanks to water resistance. In addition, the body, immersed at a lower temperature than its own, will be toned and your skin drained.
To reach your weight loss goal, you must practice it regularly. That is to say once or twice a week without necessarily making a very intense effort each time.
Strengthen your body
From people who want to lose weight to those who want to build up their bodies, everybody can benefit from swimming. For people who want to build muscle, swimming can be a great sport.
Indeed, in the water, muscles work in the resistance. They are therefore strengthened and gain in volume. This process is done gently thanks to the weightlessness effect felt in the water.
That’s why you can note that swimmers have a large chest and a large back in general. But I see you girls coming! Don’t worry, you can’t develop as much muscle mass by swimming from time to time.
These pro swimmers eat and train constantly to be the best underwater.
Develops the spirit of competition
Which brings us to the competition. This may not be for you, however, swimming can be done competitively. This allows swimmers to develop their competitive spirit and help them push themselves to the limit.
Competition also helps to work on concentration and reaction time. In fact, even before the start of the race, it’s necessary to be 100% concentrated. You’ll have the best possible reaction time on the starting block to get off to a good start. This individual sport also allows you to socialize when you’re part of a club.
So if you aren’t in the competition, you can challenge yourself. For example, our clients set themselves the goal of making a few more return trips one month after another. This helps them to be more disciplined and more competitive for themselves.
Swimming can also be a good sport for pregnant women as it’s often advisable to keep up moderate physical activity during pregnancy. And to our great pleasure, swimming is the best activity to accompany you during this period. Indeed, there’s no risk of injury. Moreover, the weightlessness in the water brings a lightness effect. This will make you forget the kilos that can be more and more difficult to carry every day. With swimming, it’s the water that carries your body! But that’s not all, swimming also reduces nausea and improves your blood circulation to help you feel better.
So let yourself float and then do a few laps. The goal is to adopt a calm pace.
Low risk of injury
Indeed, as sais before, swimming is one of the only activities that carry virtually no risk of injury. Swimming is truly joint-friendly. The effect of weightlessness in the water means that there’s no impact and therefore no risk of injury.
So, on the one hand, swimming can be a high-level sport. But on the other hand, it can also be a great sport for rehabilitation or to protect your joints.
Whatever the swim, you have to learn to coordinate your arms with your legs. This is a long job that requires training. It’s also due to the fact that you have to learn to coordinate your movements with your breathing.
Like some other sports and training, swimming can develop your skills and coordination.
As with cycling or walking after swimming training, you will feel drained and tired. It’s good fatigue that will allow you to get a good night’s sleep. So good news! If your children are full of energy, this is a sport that will put them to bed earlier!
Good for morale
And finally, swimming is a good sport for you because it has many benefits for your morale! Indeed, when you are underwater, you don’t think about anything. You concentrate on your breathing and your movements.
It’s a great sport to let off steam, clear your head and forget about everyday problems. Moreover, being in the water allows your muscles to relax and release tension and stress.
By releasing endorphins during the effort, swimming will allow you to relax.
Swimming has many benefits for the body but also for the mind. It’s a complete sport that helps you stay in shape every day. It may also well help you develop a healthy lifestyle. Indeed, it allows you to work your cardio, lose weight but also to build muscles. Good for sleep, swimming helps to relieve stress and relax. It’s recommended for pregnant women to practice this activity to relieve pregnancy. Also, swimming works the body’s coordination, improves blood circulation, and reduces the risk of injury.
So go for it! Get on the paddle, dive in, and let yourself be carried away by the water!