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5 Reasons to Take Up Swimming

If you are looking for a new hobby or form of exercise, swimming is a fantastic option. There are few things more relaxing and invigorating than a morning dip in crystal clear water. And it has so many benefits for your physical and mental health too.

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Not everyone has a swimming pool or open water spot near them, so it may not be the most convenient form of exercise to take up. But there are loads of fantastic reasons to make the effort and go out of your way for the occasional swim. Here are five amazing benefits of swimming.

It works your whole body

As a form of exercise, swimming is one of the best options you can choose. And that’s because it works your entire body. A good swim will target all of the major muscle groups, including your upper body, legs, and core. You’ll be amazed just how much you can feel the effects of your workout after you exit the pool.

It’s low impact

Some forms of exercise can take their toll on your body after a while. Sports like running and cardio workouts are high impact, meaning you are putting a lot of strain on your joints and muscles. If you are prone to injury or adopt poor technique then there’s a chance you could do yourself some damage. Swimming, however, is one of the most low impact activities there is. You are suspended in water the entire time, meaning there is very little chance of sustaining any injuries. It’s perfect for older people or those who are just getting into exercise.

It relieves stress

Swimming is brilliant for your mental health. There is something so relaxing about plunging into the water and blocking out the world above for a brief time. It is proven to relieve stress as well as increasing your happiness and self-confidence.

There is so much variety

When most people think of swimming, they imagine someone doing endless laps of an indoor pool. But it is so much more than that. There is so much variety when it comes to swimming, and there are several different types of swimmers out there. Yes, you can stick the heated pool in your gym if you prefer. Or, if the weather’s warm enough, you can head to your nearest beach and opt for a dip in the ocean. You can go wild swimming in lakes and rivers, or find an outdoor lido for a more social experience. If you really decide swimming is your sport, you could even hire a company like Royal Swimming Pools to build your own pool at home.

It’s fun

Perhaps the best reason to take up swimming is that it is great fun! You don’t have to power through a serious workout every time you go swimming. Call up some friends for a social swim or just have a paddle if you’re not feeling too energetic.

Hopefully these reasons have convinced you that swimming is one of the healthiest and most enjoyable forms of exercise around. Once you start swimming, you’ll never want to stop!

Heather Brummett

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