The Health Benefits of Swimming
You do not have to be a regular swimmer to know that hydrotherapy and aquatic exercise is good for your health, muscles and joints. Doctors have long used water activity as a way to relieve or heal physical ailments. Professional and amateur aquatic athletes are so incredibly fit because they use every muscle group in their body while moving through the water.
Parents have long understood the benefits of swimming and water-based recreation as a way to keep the family busy and active as well.
Health benefits of swimming include:
Slowing the Aging Process
Recent studies have shown that there is a relationship between swimming and the aging process. Studying physiological markers connected to growing older, doctors have noticed a dramatic slowdown in the aging process in individuals that regularly participate in aquatic exercise. The results note that aquatic exercise improves or maintains respiratory health, muscle mass, bone density, neurological function and cardiovascular activity, in individuals that swim.
When compared to avid runners, swimmers tend to perform aquatic exercise many years longer. Additionally, they can perform vigorous water exercise without injury, which tends not to be true in individuals that run. Swimming offers the ability to perform phenomenal exercises, as it requires full body muscle movement and flexibility.
Enhancing the Healing Process
Many individuals use a wide range of aquatic activities to recover from physical ailments and injuries. Doctors recommend their patients use swimming exercises and hydrotherapy as a physical therapy for treating knee, hip and ankle injuries, neurological disorders, arthritis, spinal injuries, and a huge variety of sports injuries. Additionally, a variety of water exercise routines have shown to be an effective treatment for numerous congenital disabilities.
Additional Health Benefits
Regular participation in aquatic activities and exercise has been shown to dramatically increase the fitness and well-being of the swimmer. The fitness level of a dedicated aquatic athlete is easy to measure, due to its obvious benefits. The wellness level of a swimmer is sometimes harder to calculate, but still appears to be just as advantageous, especially with the swimmer’s boost in energy, productivity and mental acuity that is acquired through the exercise.
There is great benefit gained from swimming on a regular basis, and when participating in aquatic aerobics, water rehabilitative exercise, hydrotherapy, or water walking. The value of having access to a spa or swimming pool and using it habitually can dramatically increase the health and well-being of the swimmer. For those that struggle with intense water exercise, alternative healthy water activities are always instantly available at the pool or spa, including simple immersion, hydrotherapy, or relaxing in front of a hot tub jet.