Want a sport that has many health benefits as well as fun to do? Try to swim. Here are 10 benefits:
1. Calculated as the cardio and strength
When swimming, when you do not keep moving, we'll drown. Motion continues a cardio exercise. "In addition, water is 800 times denser than water," said swimming and triathlon coach Earl Walton and Endurance Tailwind owners in New York City.
With swimming muscles experience constant resistance. Thus, we get a cardio workout at the same strength.
2. Includes mild collision sport
Sports can do minor collisions mean they are injured or who have to be careful with their joints. "You should swim with a higher intensity on a regular basis without fear of bodily harm," said Walton.
In addition, according to research in the International Journal of Sports Medicine proved that swimming is good for recovery exercise, especially when you want low-intensity exercise.
3. Good for the lungs
When the head is in the water, the oxygen in the body is limited. "The body adapts to use oxygen more efficiently," said Walton. Body also learn to take fresh air in every sigh and release carbon dioxide in each exhale.
A study in the Indian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology found that swimmers have a number of air going in and out of the lungs when breathing rilek better than runners. This resulted in a lower resting heart rate and lower blood pressure.
4. So the better runners
With increased ability to use oxygen effectively, improve swimming endurance capacity, according to Walton. It is good when you prepare to come first half marathon. Effective breathing also makes us run faster without fatigue.
In a study published in the Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports in 2013, swimmers follow the controlled breathing techniques (take two breaths per length of the pool) improved run to 6 percent after 12 swimming sessions.
In addition to the benefits of breathing, also swimming buttocks and hamstring muscles, stomach and shoulder. All that is needed to run efficiently.
5. All can do
Either for those recovering from injuries, pregnant women, new mothers give birth or Ironman athlete, swimming is a great sport for all. You can adjust the speed, intensity and is achieved after each session.
6. Throw away all the stress
Exercise does produce endorphins that lower stress levels. "Swimming in the water also has a special benefit to raise the mood," said Walton.
Soaking in water dulls the amount of sensory information that bombard the body and helps bring feelings of calm. So according to the study published in Pain Research & Management. Float in the pool was effective in reducing the symptoms of patients suffering from diseases associated with chronic stress. Not surprisingly, there are people who love to soak when under stress.
7. Make ageless
People who diligently swam 20 years younger than their biological age. That's according to research from Indiana University. Scientists say even up to age 70, swimming affecting blood pressure, cholesterol levels and heart health and blood vessels, the central nervous system health, cognitive function, muscle mass, blood chemistry is more synonymous found in younger people.
8. Exercising the muscles are less mobile
"You sit in the office without arms straight above your head," said Walton. But when swimming, the arms move anywhere. This means we need to move the body part that is often overlooked.
The body parts that can not be exercised when we're running or cycling. Plus, since swimming was more down to a matter of balance and both hands and feet moving, swimming helps develop the muscles in the abdomen and lower back are less trained women.
9. Make smarter brain
Blood flow to the brain increases to 14 percent when men throw themselves in the water up to his heart, according to a study in the Journal of Physiology. Investigators believe the water pressure in the chest cavity associated with it. Currently the researchers examined whether the water sports to improve blood flow to the brain is better than exercise on land.
10. Giving an interesting experience
With the ability to swim, during the holidays we can enjoy nature better. For example, swimming or snorkeling on the beach or the lake is clean. "Swimming is a life skill. Pool opened the door to a lot of fun," said Walton.