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Swimming for Good Health


The health benefits of swimming are almost unmatched by any other sport. It is a total body workout that involves building strength and lean muscle, as well as endurance, posture and flexibility. The advantages of this form of exercise don’t end there. Swimming is a low-impact exercise that is good for the joints and has a low risk of injury. It has been proven to reduce high blood pressure and even prevent high blood pressure. It strengthens your heart and lungs and helps prevent the start of adult-onset diabetes. It aids with digestion and even helps you get your daily amount of vitamin D. You can maintain a healthy weight or work to lose weight while swimming. You don’t have to pay for a gym membership with a Doughboy pool and you can enjoy the benefits in your own backyard.

Healthy Benefits of Swimming:


  • Water acts as resistance to help build muscle strength - therefore, children grow significantly stronger and more coordinated while swimming.
  • Can lower blood pressure
  • Regular swimming builds endurance, muscle strength and cardiovascular fitness.
  • Swimming burns calories at a rate of about 3 calories a mile per pound of bodyweight!
  • A 100 lb. person can swim leisurely for 30 minutes and burns 141 calories.


That covers how swimming is good for your body. Now to think about how it is good for your mind. Swimming forces more oxygen to your muscles, which in turn relaxes you and reduces stress. Reduced stress helps you sleep better, as well as a good workout helps you to sleep. People who are less stressed and get a proper amount of sleep are more alert and happy during the day. It contributes to overall good mental health because you will feel better about the way you look. You will look great on the outside and feel great on the inside.



That's why swimming is good for the soul. Nothing compares to the feeling of accomplishment after a good, hard, strenuous workout. Water even feels more natural to our bodies being that we are made up of 60 percent water. Maybe this is why so many of us are drawn to the water. Children who swim on a regular basis are better overall in self-discipline, goal setting, and even in school than non-swimmers. It increases your feeling of self-worth through participation in this sport. You gain an overall feeling of well-being after swimming and are left refreshed and ready to take on the day. 


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