Benefits of swimming

The mind and body benefits of swimming

Posted July 8th, 2021

The water does wonders for your wellbeing! It’s not just good exercise for your body, it’ also great for your mind. Whilst it looks like foreign holidays have been put on hold for another year there’s no need to miss out on a dip in a luxurious pool! Whether you take to the pool for relaxation or fitness the benefits of swimming for your mind and body are great! So if the thought of not jumping in a pool this summer is getting you down, join in our splash out – don’t miss out campaign to encourage people to swim more and enjoy the benefits.

Our Top 7 benefits of swimming:

  1. Good for overall wellbeing

A short 30 minute stint in the pool three times a week is a great way to get fit and maintain a positive mental outlook.

  1. Calorie burn

Did you know that your body works harder in water? Just 30 minutes of swimming can burn over 200 calories making it one of the most effective forms of exercise.

  1. Full body workout

Whether you prefer a leisurely breaststroke or a more invigorating butterfly stroke, you’ll be working all your main muscle groups so you know your body is benefiting! Alternatively you can enjoy an aqua class that’s fun and rewarding! It’s also great for pairing with a gym session or after a class.

  1. Reduces stress and anxiety

Swimming is just as good for your mental health as it is for your body. A swim at any intensity can help lower stress levels, reduce anxiety and better your sleeping patterns. Teamed with a sauna, jacuzzi and steam room at The Thames Club it can provide the perfect haven for relaxation and tranquility.

  1. Exercise without the strain on your body

Your body is supported in the water so you don’t put pressure on your joints or any injuries you’re carrying. This makes it perfect for rehabilitation and is a great way to stay active safely.

  1. Reduces the risk of diseases

Most exercise lowers the risk of diseases and swimming is no different. It’s a great cardiovascular workout which can help protect against heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes.

  1. Boosts energy levels

Living an active lifestyle provides a positive body boost. Swimming for just 30 minutes, three times a week can boost your energy levels through increased metabolic rate.

If you would like a swimming programme speak to one of our fitness experts to discover the benefits of swimming for your mind and body. Alternatively check out these swim programmes recommended by Swim England.