Swimming has got to be one of the best forms of fitness for people of all ages. From infancy to old age, if you learn to swim you can be, and remain, active your entire life. It’s also one of the most affordable sports you can do. All you need is access to a pool, lake or ocean. And maybe a pair of swim goggles, some earplugs and a bathing cap.

Oh, and a swimsuit or two.

A Perfect Activity For Everyone

The beauty of swimming, in my opinion, is that you can go at your own pace. It’s joint-friendly and restful. Never mind how good it is in helping you to maintain not only muscle mass, flexibility, pliability, and in general your overall mental health but it may also help you maintain a healthy body weight. In other words, swimming, in essence, is the perfect activity in which to participate.

Another beneficial aspect of swimming or performing calisthenic exercises in water (Aquafit), is that it’s low impact. If, for example, you have an injury or a condition such as arthritis, it’s an excellent way to exercise or do your rehab with less pain. Once you’re in the water, your body becomes more buoyant, allowing the water to gently support your muscles. In a way it’s like being in zero gravity with the added benefit of the water’s resistance to enhance your fitness.

Going swimming on a regular basis will help you build muscles as well as improve your stamina and endurance, which will in turn help you become less prone to injuries and also keep your heart and lungs strong.

Swim Baby, Swim!

Here’s a tip for the younger crowd: just because you’re expecting a baby, doesn’t mean you can’t go swimming. In fact, many pregnant women often experience joint and muscle pain due to drastic body changes and weight gain, so an Aquafit class or doing laps can be the ideal way to find some relief as well as help you stay fit. Swimming’s a wonderful exercise during pregnancy because it’s safe, low-impact, and easy on the joints – you basically float in the water!

Most women, while they’re pregnant, can continue to swim pretty much right up until their delivery date. However, we do advise that you consult with your doctor before starting any new fitness program or swimming regime.

Add the Happiness Factor

Do you ever wonder why exercise makes you happy? Swimming and other exercises release endorphins, a hormone in your brain that simply makes you feel good and improves your overall mood. Endorphins are what increase positivity and bring a sense of happiness.

No matter your age, joining a swimming club or taking lessons or an aquafit class are all ways you can build your social community too, especially if you want to meet new people and combine some physical activity with your social life.

7 Benefits You Get From Taking a Swim

According to the site SwimJim, there are seven notable healthy benefits you can capitalize on if you go swimming regularly:

  1. Reduces pain
  2. Release of endorphins
  3. Improved breathing
  4. Brain boost
  5. Calming and relaxing
  6. Meditative
  7. Better sleep

The Last One In Is a Rotten Egg!

Swimming can be one of the most challenging workouts (if you want it to be), or simply a wonderful recreational habit. Once you’re in the pool, it’s really up to you how active you want to be. It all comes down to whether you want to spend time swimming at your own leisure – maybe you just want to float around – or practice your strokes, do sprints or timed races – or join in with a group doing a water fitness class. There are no rules.

And here’s another plus. Swimming’s a four-season activity, even here in Canada where winters force us to be inside a lot of the time. All you need is access to a nice heated indoor pool, and voilà!