Regular swimming does wonders for the body. There’s no doubt about it. Some people refer to swimming as the ‘perfect’ exercise, as it targets every muscle in the body and improves aerobic capacity. Swimming has many benefits, some of which are obvious and some of which are ‘unseen’. Let’s dive into some of these benefits, and how regular swimming affects your body.
The typical ‘swimmers body’
The ‘swimmers’ body is usually slim and toned. The swimmer has defined musculature, without being too bulky.
A typical swimmer’s body consists of broad shoulders, strong arms, and defined abs. Most swimmers are above in height and have a long torso and upper limbs compared to their lower limbs. This gives them an advantage in the water, allowing them to swim faster.
Most of these traits can be obtained through regular swimming, and some are genetic.
The physical benefits of regular swimming
There are several physical benefits of regular swimming.
- Improved muscle definition
Swimming is a full-body workout. Every muscle will benefit from a few laps in the pool. Regular swimming can build strength and muscle definition in the upper and lower body, giving you that toned ‘swimmer’s body’.
- Increased metabolic rate
Exercise can increase metabolic rate. We burn lots of calories when we are swimming, and we build muscle in the whole body. This means that we require more calories each day just to stay alive, so we can consume more food without gaining weight!
- Improved aerobic capacity
Regular swimming will help to train your body to withstand vigorous exercise, which can decrease the risk of cardiovascular disease. Exercise challenges the aerobic energy system by forcing your heart and lungs to work harder, making them stronger in the long term.
- Good for those with joint issues
If you have trouble with your joints, you might find exercise difficult or painful. Swimming is a non-weight-bearing exercise, making it perfect for those with joint problems such as arthritis. It’s great to get an aerobic workout without putting too much stress on the bones and joints.
The mental benefits of regular swimming
- Decreased stress
Getting into the pool after a hard day is a great way to wind down. Regular swimming can provide a way to release stress and tension, leaving you feeling mentally refreshed.
- Improved sleep
Swimming may help you sleep better at night. Studies show that those with insomnia may see improved quality of sleep after swimming.
- Enhanced mood
Regular swimming can boost your mood after just 12 weeks!
- Sociable activity
Have a weekly catch up with your friends in the pool. This means you can get the physical benefits of exercise whilst gaining the mental benefits of socialising with your friends.
How long does it take to see results?
Whether your goal is weight loss or muscle gain, you could start to see results are just a couple of weeks of regular swimming. Those who are untrained will see rapid results pretty quickly compared to those who are used to regular exercise.
If your goal is weight loss, how quickly you see results will also depend on what you’re doing outside the pool. Are you eating healthily? Are you in a calorie deficit?
The woman who wrote this article after regularly swimming for six weeks claimed: ‘I lost 5 pounds, my butt got bigger, and my arms and shoulders got toned’. This article showed the muscle gain that you can achieve after weeks of regular swimming.
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