How I justify adding swimming to my routine plus all of the benefits you can get from swimming!

I have to say, I have always enjoyed swimming and as a kid, I was basically a fish, swimming 6 times a week for a club and loved it.

Fast forward to today and I hadn’t swum for years for various reasons or another and when I broke my ankle I needed some kind of exercise until I was back on my feet (pun definitely intended) but I had forgotten how much I loved it and how great I felt afterward! Trying to add swimming into an already busy schedule of running, strength training and everything else though has been a bit of a challenge so I have settled on once a week (or once a fortnight) for now.

To justify more exercise in my life (as if I need too!) I decided to write an informative post on the benefits of swimming in the hopes I will keep motivating myself to find time to keep it in my routine! So here they are…

Rehab

This one is a biggie for me, swimming is excellent as rehabilitation for injuries such as mine because it helps to gently build up strength in the muscles, joints and ligaments without causing a lot of pain. Although my muscles and ankle are always tired after a swim I haven’t had any recovery setbacks from swimming at all!

 

Low impact

Because swimming is so low impact it can help strengthen muscles or help those with pre-existing injuries with joints, back or even strained muscles to have an accessible way to stay fit without aggravating other injuries! This is one of the main reasons that swimming is recommended by specialists to those with injuries or ailments.

Muscle All-rounder

Swimming helps to work some of the muscles that you forget about, as well as some of the deeper abdominals that are harder to get too because naturally keeping yourself up and afloat uses these muscles. Also, swimming is great for the upper body if you hate working out your arms and shoulders (like me) it is a way to keep them lean without having to do much else!

swimmer swimming a race - justify using the benefits of swimming

Stamina builder

By holding your breath underwater and working out by swimming it helps to improve the efficiency at which your body uses oxygen. For runners or athletes, this is incredibly beneficial because it means that running at harder efforts your body uses oxygen in a better way and reduces tiredness in muscles. For runners specifically, swimming helps to improve stamina and can also be a way to improve breathing training if you have breathing or chest issues during events.

Change up your Routine

One of the key parts to staying fit and healthy (physically and mentally) is to enjoy what you are doing. Yes, there are days when you can’t be bothered but in general successful and healthy people enjoy their exercise plans and this is because of variety and keeping things interesting. Swimming can offer a new and interesting dynamic to a workout regime and offer a break from the usual types of cardio or plans that people follow. (it’s just something a bit different!)

It’s for everyone

One of the best parts about swimming is that you can get everyone involved because it is very inclusive! It’s great for nanny and grandad without being too much of a strain on them (it’s actually beneficial for arthritis too). The kids love splashing around, having fun and getting worn out (which is always the best option for getting them to sleep well) and even the little womb bugs enjoy it too! Swimming during pregnancy (for most) is heavily encouraged and can help you to have a better labour! Even animals love a good swim, dogs especially are keen swimmers (usually) and i’ve even seen the occasional cat (although not at the local swimming pool!).

girl smiling in swimming pool - justifying using the benefits of swimming

How can you justify swimming? Let me know in the comments!

It is important to remember to consult your doctor before you undergo any new activities, especially if you have pre-existing conditions! I am definitely not a doctor or healthcare professional but I am writing about my experiences that were recommended to me by a specialist. Be safe, happy and healthy and do what is best for your body!

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How to justify adding swimming to your routine plus all of the benefits you can get from swimming!

38 comments on “Justifying, Using The Benefits of Swimming”

  1. Ahh yes I agree with all of the above reasons!! Swimming is a great exercise. And there are only a few strokes you have to learn and then just get really good at those.

  2. I love. love. love swimming! I was on a swim team as a child and it just feels so good to get back into the water. I also love open eater swimming. Swimming from Alcatraz was quite a thrill.

  3. I had determined to swim more this year Charlotte – especially as I live in Australia and in Queensland which is hot! Your post and reinforced my intention especially as it is low impact. I’ll be sharing with my #couchpotatotofabfit FB group thanks!

  4. I’m a huge fan of swimming! My kids just started swim lessons and they’re loving it! It helps them focus on school too because they get so much energy out during lessons!

  5. I used to love swimming when I was younger. Who knew that there were so many benefits?! Maybe I need to get back into it.

  6. I really need to start doing this, I just feel like I look silly when I swim lol, but I have had a shoulder injury and I really need to increase my stamina. This is a great post!

  7. My kids and I love to swim. My son’s occupational therapist said it was a great exercise and sport for him.

  8. I was a swimmer too but never swim anymore. You are right that it is great full body exercise and perfect for recovery. I need to get some goggles again.

  9. I love swimming. If I had a pool, I am pretty sure I would be skinny! That is the first thing I want to do when we are at a hotel…I’m like a kid 🙂

  10. I always turn to swimming when I am injured as a runner, but I need to do it more regularly. It’s so easy on your joints!

  11. The section “swimming is for everyone” really got me – because I am the WORST swimmer. Like tragically bad. But you’ve renewed my hope, I just need to find my swimming niche.

    • ahh you don’t have to be a good swimmer to enjoy the water. You could also try aqua aerobics which is great, low-impact exercise and doesn’t require you to swim!!

  12. My daughter and I try to spend at least an hour swimming daily because, you’re right, it’s for everyone. Once I get a good workout in, we happily stay and play in the pool.

  13. Swimming is a really amazing exercise for a mil reasons! And the low impact on joints is a biggie! Wish I could swim more often during the year!

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