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Swimming is a low-impact activity that has many physical and mental health benefits. You can swim in swimming pools, lakes, beaches, and rivers.
Health benefits of swimming:
Good for weight management (a 160-pound person can burn about 423 calories per hour at a low or moderate pace).
Working your entire body, head to toe: muscle toning, building endurance and strength.
Increasing the heart rate without putting stress on the body
Working your cardiovascular system
Helping to lower blood pressure
Controlling blood sugar levels
Providing good low-impact therapy for some injuries, disabilities and other health conditions
Being helpful in dealing with insomnia and improving your sleep patterns.
Safe for pregnant women
Good for boosting your mood
Swimming in indoor pools is a great activity for people with asthma. Holding your breath during swimming may help people expand their lung capacity and gain control over their breathing.
Make sure you know how to swim or have a good start with a trainer. Choose a safe environment for swimming and remember to stretch and warm up your muscles and joints before entering the water.