facebook pixel Why I Love Swimming
Site Search
< Blog Home < Healthy Living

Why I Love Swimming

Swimming is a hobby that can last a lifetime—plus, it’s a great way to get a whole-body workout, regardless of the season.

Woman Swimming, why I love swimming

As a kid, as soon as school was out and temperatures started to rise, the first thing I wanted to do was jump in a body of water. It didn’t matter if it was the lake or the neighborhood pool—I just wanted to swim. But now as an adult, there are even more reasons I enjoy it. Here’s why I still love to swim:

It eases stress

I love being outside in the summer. To me, being in or near water helps to reduce feelings of stress—even just listening to the sound of water is soothing. Swimming is a great way to enjoy fresh air, sunshine, and water all at the same time. Those things combined are great at instantly improving my mood—likely thanks to the sunshine vitamin, or vitamin D, as we know it. Vitamin D is produced in your skin in response to sun exposure and helps regulate mood, ease anxiety, and ward off depression.

It’s a great calorie burner

Unless I’m in the shallow end of the pool, swimming requires constant movement to stay afloat. Because of that, swimming is an effective way to burn calories. Of course, it will vary depending on your pace and weight, but swimming for one hour can burn upwards of 493 calories, even at a slower pace. Plus, because of the constant resistance to muscles, it’s considered a cardiovascular and strength training workout in one.

Related: Why I Love Yoga

It’s a team or individual sport

Being a swimmer doesn’t mean I have to be competitive or an athlete. I enjoy swimming because I don’t have to race again someone else—I can hop in the pool and just race against time. I’m able to time myself for any length I choose, and each time I’m in the pool, I can try to beat my own personal record. The type of workout I want is always up to me.

It’s a low-impact sport

Swimming is well known for being easy on the joints—it’s especially great for someone with a sports injury or lower-back or knee issues. If you still want to work out while injured, swimming can be a great calorie-burning solution.

If I have shoulder aches or injuries, I can give them a rest by swimming with a kickboard—plus, a kickboard targets my legs and helps to keep them toned and conditioned.

It requires little equipment

I typically only need a swimsuit and goggles. But if I want to get a little fancier, I’ll grab a swim cap, swim fins, or hand paddles. Paddles and fins can help build power and strength in the water, tone arm and leg muscles, and help to refine leg and arm strokes.

And, thanks to heated indoor pools, I know I can work out regardless of the season or the weather.

It’s a life skill

You don’t have to be a pro to reap the benefits of swimming. As long as you know the basics of swimming, most people can do it—even if injured or pregnant. Start with one lap, then two, and soon you’ll improve your technique and increase your duration and endurance in the water.

Once you know how to swim, it’s a skill you can use for a lifetime. Continue putting the skill to good use by snorkeling, playing water polo, participating in water aerobics, swimming in a triathlon, or scuba diving. And once you’re swim-savvy, you can pass the skill onto others—even if it’s just teaching your kids at the community rec center. If you don’t participate in these other activities, you’re still likely to have a hobby for life.  

 

SelectHealth may link to other websites for your convenience. SelectHealth does not expressly or implicitly recommend or endorse the views, opinions, specific services, or products referenced at other websites linked to the SelectHealth site, unless explicitly stated.

The content presented here is for your information only. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, and it should not be used to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease. Please consult your healthcare provider if you have any questions or concerns.

You May Also Like...

Healthcare and Insurance Basics

Why Kids Need the Measles Vaccine

For parents: Here’s what you should know about the measles vaccine.

Nutrition and Diet

Jamaican Jerk Chicken with Mango Chile Relish

Here's a fast and exotic grilled entrée you can make in 30 minutes or less.

In the Community

How to Cope with Wildfire Smoke

Because fires are still burning in the western part of the country, it’s important to know what to do to protect you and your family.

Business

Why Transparency is Essential to Help Lower Cost of Prescription Drugs

Explaining why prescription drugs cost so much is complicated. But here’s what we’re doing to advocate for more transparency in the pharmacy industry.

Related Articles

Related Articles

Healthy Living

Use This Packing List for Camping That Even Glampers Would Appreciate

Next time you plan on adventuring and sleeping in the great outdoors, here are the basics we recommend taking with you. Even glampers will approve.

Healthy Living

Tips For Becoming Healthier As A Family

Board games, movie nights, vacations—lots of things are better as a family. And that includes getting and staying healthy.

Healthy Living

7 Ways to Cope with Stress during the Holidays

The holidays bring together family, friends, food, and…frustration?

Healthy Living

The Lasting Positive Impact of Family Traditions

Keeping your family traditions alive is a wonderful way to create memories—and here’s why they’re so important.

Post Author

Sandy Patton

Sandy is a Marketing Communications Specialist and has been with SelectHealth for 15 years. Her prior roles include health education and wellness coaching.