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The Benefits of Swimming

You’d think that summer is the time to splash around – in the pool, on the beach, by the lake or in the river. Quite so but hear the good news: water sports are an easy way to stay fit and healthy all year round. We give you five reasons why donning your togs and doing laps in the pool, practicing aqua aerobic, or just chilling in a spa and stretching your muscles in the water is good for you.

1. Swimming helps the regeneration of neurone cells and induces the production of serotonin (the happy hormone) in your body. There isn’t a more effective way to fend off the autumn blues and anxiety that comes with the gloomy weather.

2. Moving around in the water – not only sustained swimming strokes but even the most gentle exercise – stimulate circulation in the brain. After a hearty swim you are better at problem solving and generally all your cognitive functions are given a boost.

3. The respiratory system thrives on the higher humidity in and around the pool. Swimming regularly may improve your lung capacity and alleviate the symptoms of asthma in the long run. The exercise and the increased oxygen intake strengthens the heart muscles, that’s why it is highly recommended for the elderly.

4. Bye-bye, harmful cholesterol! According to the latest research swimming measurably raises the level of the beneficial HDL cholesterol. As little as 1% rise in your HDL count decreases the risk of cardiovascular diseases by 3.5%. You do the math!

5. Doing just half an hour of leisurely breast strokes three times a week could prevent the onset of diabetes. A small investment for a massive health gain! And it’s never too late to start. Diabetes patients also hugely benefit from swimming, as exercise may lower their daily dose of insulin.
So grab your towel and togs, and head for the pool for a healthy splash. Whatever the weather!