Swimming: A Unicorn of Fitness
The Many Health Benefits of Swimming
It has always surprised me that swimming is not more popular mode of workout. We all know people who run, walk, or cycle a few times per week as their main aerobic exercise, yet not everybody knows a regular swimmer. Perhaps it’s the fact that, for most of us, swimming requires an admission fee? I digress…
While running, walking and cycling are all excellent fitness options worthy of their popularity, I’m here to represent swimming as the most effective and efficient aerobic workout. In fact, swimming ticks so many boxes for health and fitness, it’s something of a one-stop-shop for a full body workout: a veritable unicorn of fitness!
Unlike running, swimming is a low impact sport and is a great option for people with arthritic joints or problems with weight control. ‘Motion is lotion,’ as the saying goes. Movement is good for the body, especially when it’s not accompanied by pain or followed by a several days of soreness!
Full Body Workout
Swimming requires the use of your entire body. Not many other aerobic workouts can boast that to this extent! There may not be enough force to really build muscle but it’ll certainly get toned, all while improving your lung capacity and escalating that heartbeat (which should be done for at least 20 minutes daily to minimize risk of heart disease).
Relax the Mind
To those who understand it, meditation is a highly effective form of stress management. If the trick to meditation is to focus on your breathing then swimming ups the stakes by threat of drowning if you falter. There’s a lot of rhythm involved in swimming as you coordinate your limbs and breathing to all work in unison and it’s hard to think about very much else when you’re focused so fully on the task at hand.
Flex the Core
Anyone who has used iHeart before will know that what the device really hones in on is Aortic Stiffness and Core Mobility. The more mobile your core, the less stiff your Aorta and the better the circulatory system will massage and care for your internal organs.
Stiffness of the Aorta has been proven to correlate with risk of heart disease, stroke and dementia, and iHeart monitors exactly that via a fingertip device and mobile app to determine Internal Age. Each stroke in swimming, be it front crawl or breaststroke (and especially butterfly!), encourages mobility of the core and improves your health from the centre outwards.