7 Reasons to be in the Pool

Monday, 1st May 2017

No matter what your fitness level, swimming is one of the best forms of exercise.

Swimming can transform you into a cardio king or queen and help you turn back the aging clock.

But if that isn’t enough to get you to step in to your swimsuit, take a look at our top benefits of swimming to show you there’s no such thing as being too cool for a dip in the pool.

Let’s dive in:

  1. Anyone can do it: Whether you're recovering from an injury, pregnant or a new mum, swimming can give you a great workout as you can control the pace and the intensity.
  2. It helps to turn back the clock: Swimming affects blood pressure, cholesterol levels, cardiovascular performance, central nervous system health, cognitive functioning, muscle mass and blood chemistry. Who needs night cream?
  3. It’s a full body workout: Swimming uses all the muscles in the body so, whether you swim a gentle breaststroke or opt for a backstroke, you will get a full body workout.Plus, exercising in water makes your body work harder, so 30 minutes in a pool is worth 45 minutes of the same activity on land.
  4. Burns those calories: Expect to burn around 367 calories after just 30 minutes of breaststroke – that beats walking, cycling and even running.
  5. It slashes major stress: While exercise-induced endorphins will do wonders for your stress levels, being submerged in water dulls the amount of sensory information that bombards your body, helping to bring on feelings of calm.
  6. Increases your energy levels:Just 30 minutes of swimming three times per week can boost your energy levels through increased metabolic rate.
  7. Swimming improves your sleep: People who undertake vigorous exercise, such as swimming, are around twice as likely to report having a good night’s sleep.

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