The Top 5 Health Benefits of Swimming

Swimming is the fourth most popular sports activity in the US for a reason. When purchasing a pool, sometimes the recreational benefits can drown out the vast amount of health benefits.

1. Standing in water can lift up to 90% of your body’s weight from your joints

If you suffer from joint pain, muscle pain, or low flexibility, swimming can ease your pain by using your body’s buoyancy to your advantage. Just a short swim can be enough to give your body relief from all sorts of tension. While water based exercises are reported to be more enjoyable than land based exercises, swimming allows for longer periods of exercise with less joint or muscle pain. (CDC)

2. Swimmers have about half the risk of death compared to inactive individuals

In a study following men from the ages of 20-90 years old, swimmers have been shown to have about half of the mortality rate as inactive people. In this case, swimming may be your fountain of youth.(IJARE)

3. Swimming can improve mood and decrease anxiety

For both men and women, swimming can fight depression and improve mood. Swimming has been shown to be especially beneficial for pregnant women as well as those with chronic disease. Additionally, swimming together has been shown to strengthen family connections. (CDC)

4. Every movement becomes a resistance exercise

Water is approximately 750-800 times more dense than air. While you move around the pool, each movement is met with enough resistance to make out of water activity feel effortless in comparison. (Yeager)

5. Reduces the risk of coronary heart disease

In a study involving 46 young adults, swimming was shown to reduce the systematic inflammation that can lead to coronary heart disease and other serious health issues. (Columbia University Medical Center)