3 reasons to take up swimming

Are you looking for a physical activity that will help you relieve stress and feel more energized? Something that's not too mentally or physically demanding, but will make you want to exercise? Swimming might be just what the doctor ordered.

Man swimming in a pool

1. Relaxation - Calm your mind

Swimming can be a very relaxing activity. Propelling yourself through the water can help to melt away tension and ease stiffness in areas like your neck, back, arms, and legs. It also helps quiet those thoughts buzzing through your head. 

Your breathing is key: Inhale between strokes by turning your head to the side and then exhale when your head is in the water. Having to focus on the rhythm of your breath helps to distract you from your day-to-day worries.

What’s more, when you’re in the water, your whole body feels weightless—and this pleasant floating sensation lingers even after you’ve gotten out of the pool.

Since the water supports most of your weight, swimming is very easy on the joints. It’s a low-impact sport that, unlike many others, will rarely cause injury.

A man and a woman swimming in separate pool lanes

2. Energy - Feel invigorated

If you often have long days that leave you feeling too drained for a workout, swimming at your neighbourhood pool may be the perfect solution.

The more you swim, the better you'll feel. Swimming triggers endorphin release and provides a hefty energy boost.

Plus, surprising as it may seem, swimming can also make you more productive. The repetitive motions increase blood flow to the brain, improving not just your mood, but also your memory and concentration.

3. Motivation - say goodbye to excuses

The biggest challenge for anyone looking to start exercising regularly is staying motivated. It’s easy to give in to classic excuses like “I can’t go out if it’s raining,” “I don’t have time to exercise,” or “Exercise gear is too expensive.” Fortunately, those excuses don’t work with swimming.

That’s the beauty of an accessible sport. Swimming can be practised year-round and requires virtually no equipment. It’s suitable for people of all ages and fitness levels. You can go swimming on your own or with a group.

Finally, swim gear—goggles, cap, swimsuit, towel—is inexpensive and takes up very little space.

*If you’re an intermediate-level swimmer, consider getting a pull buoy. This affordable tool helps you work your upper body by keeping your legs at the surface of the water. Swim fins are another worthwhile training accessory.

More great reasons to start swimming 

- One hour of swimming burns roughly 600 calories!
- Swimming works every muscle group
- Swimming is an endurance sport that builds your heart and lung capacity

Woman swimming underwater wearing a cap and goggles

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