When you are swimming you are using almost every muscle in your body. If you are not moving, then you will sink, this is what is called forced cardio. As well as that, water is around 800 times thicker than air, so when you are moving you are under constant resistance which will greatly influence your strength.
Swimming is easy on the joint and is good for recovering athletes. As well as them, if you increase the intensity of your swim, you can have an excellent workout for more results. You can swim at high intensities without feeling the wear and tear on your body. You can have an intense workout today and still swim again tomorrow.
While swimming, you also improve your breathing system. When your head is under water, oxygen is at its premium and you learn how to take in more oxygen with every breath and expel more carbon dioxide. Swimmers naturally have a greater amount of air that goes in and out the lungs than runners during relaxed breathing.
According to research from Indiana University, swimming can also make you look younger. Regular swimmers are biologically 20 years younger than they look on their driver’s licenses. Researchers say that up until you are 70, swimming affects your cholesterol levels, cognitive functioning, blood pressure, central nervous system and muscle mass to be similar to your younger self.
Another great aspect of swimming is that it uses otherwise forgotten muscles. Most people sit on their desks and don’t raise their hands a lot. When you swim, your hands are all over the place and that is why swimming strengthens the deltoids, traps and shoulder muscles which we often tend to neglect.
As well as being good for everything physical, swimming can also make you smarter. Research suggests that blood flow to the brain is increased by 14 percent when people submerge themselves up to their heart. Research is still being done whether the compression of the water in the area of the chest can endorse blood flow to your brain.