A Speedo poster once said: “You’re only one swim away from a good mood.” And though this is certainly true, there’s lots more to be gained from swimming than an improved state of mind. In fact, there’s a whole host of health benefits associated with water-based exercise.

So here’s a quick round up of five of the most powerful and impressive ways swimming can improve your health.

             Makes for a healthier heart

Studies have shown that swimmers have lower heart rates, more stable blood pressure, and improved circulation and breathing when compared with their non-swimming counterparts.

This is very good news for the heart-conscious. And as it’s a cardio exercise (and an excellent one, at that), swimming will work your heart harder than normal, shaping and strengthening it until it’s as healthy as ever.

            Lowers your risk of diabetes

It’s estimated that over 4 million people in the UK are living with diabetes.

A study has shown that men can reduce their risk of diabetes by 6% for every 500 calories burned per week through aerobic exercise (that’s roughly 45 minutes of breast stroke). And that women can reduce their risk by 16% simply by partaking in vigorous exercise just once a week.

                    Regulates breathing

Learning a proper breathing technique is one of the best things you can do for your body. Some health benefits of deep breathing include better circulation (increased oxygen to the heart), improved respiratory system function, and reduced anxiety.

Swimming not only increases your lung capacity, but it forces you to adopt a proper breathing technique.

As regular swimming leads to a lower heart rate, improved blood pressure, and more efficient functioning of the lungs, breathing, by extension, becomes much easier.

               Improves your wellbeing

Like most forms of exercise, swimming releases endorphins, and endorphins lift your mood. As well as this, swimming is unique in that the rhythmic and flowing style of the exercise itself produces a calming effect. So you’ll feel happier and more relaxed.

Swimming on a regular basis could help to reduce feelings of anxiety and depression, as well as promoting healthier sleep.

                It could extend your life

For anyone hoping to live well into old age, it looks like swimming could hold the answer.

A 32 year-long study following over 40,000 men, aged between 20 and 90, found that those who swam had a 50% lower death rate than runners, walkers, and those who didn’t exercise at all. This is an incredible result, and with such a huge margin it’s hard to deny that there may be something in it…

If you want to take the plunge and start swimming towards a healthier lifestyle, why not take a look at our prices and membership plans. The water awaits!