Top 10 Benefits in Swimming Year Round #StretchFit

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Swimming lessons have been great so far! I got off to a bit of a rocky start. I enrolled in the wrong session, but luckily was able to switch to a Friday morning instead. My first day in the pool, I got an extra half hour to make up for what I lost and it was totally worth it. I made really good progress.

The first thing they teach you is how to breathe properly when swimming. The thought of the exercise is far more scarier than what you actually experience unless you take a breath while under water and find yourself with a chlorine brain freeze like I did. LOL.

The object is to breathe bubbles out of your nostrils as you place your face into the water or sink down into the water. Then, inhale before you submerge again. The weight of my hair freaked me out as I submerged my head into the water the first time, causing me to do the reverse, so I definitely recommend a swim cap to keep you focused until you’re comfortable and have the action down. Take swim goggles too!

I believe taking this class will be one of the best investments I’ve ever made. I see people who’ve only been there for 3 weeks prior to me, swimming half laps down the center lane on their own. They practice a few times per week, which if things go well over the next 2 weeks I will be able to do as well.

Sure, I’m doing these lessons because my goal this summer is to learn how to surf, but there are more benefits to swimming than just looking cool as you ride a wave. Namely, if this biblical rain keeps up here in LA and zombies attack, zombies can’t swim, so the only way to survive and save your sweet limb bits will be to swim. *nods head*

But just in case surviving the Zombie apocalypse is not enough motivation for you, Here are the

Top 10 Benefits in Swimming Year Round:

10) Develop Your Confidence. This may seem more for people who haven’t started swimming yet. But, it applies to everyone. Weekly swimming gives you a goal to set, an activity to do, and the more hours you put in, the better you become. What better way to feel a sense of accomplishment than by going swimming weekly?

9) Reduce Stress. There’s nothing more soothing than the peaceful feeling of being in water. Swimming is also low impact on joints so enjoy your time in the water as both physical and mental stress melt away.

8) Get stronger with a Full Body Work Out. Swimming engages all the muscles in your body so it will make you stronger. If you are engaged in other physical activities out of the water, it helps increase your flexibility and flushes out toxins from your muscles to lower pain the next day.

7) Stop Aging. Found in Fitness Magazine, “Regular swimmers are biologically 20 years younger than their driver’s licenses say they are, according to research from Indiana University. Scientists say that, even up until your 70th birthday, swimming affects blood pressure, cholesterol levels, cardiovascular performance, central nervous system health, cognitive functioning, muscle mass, and blood chemistry to be much more similar to that of your younger self.”

6) Weight Loss. If you feel weight loss is on the agenda, when you go at a competitive pace, swimming is a great way to lose weight as you’re working all your muscles and increasing your heart rate.

5) Heart Pumping. Swimming is great cardio which keeps blood pumping through your body and oxygen to your organs.

4) Makes you smarter. Because you will have increased cardio activity, the natural bi-product is increased brain activity.

3) It’s social. You can meet people or bring friends easily as almost anyone can do it.

2) Elevates your mood. It’s fun! Exercise increases endorphins so it elevates your mood through physical activity, but seriously, come on, what’s more fun than swimming?

1) You have just begun to crack the door to new experiences. Think of all the places you’ll go and the people you’ll meet and the fish you’ll see!

The great thing about swimming is that anyone can do it anywhere. Indoor pools can be found across the country at the YMCA or other public shared pools. We truly hope you’re inspired by our Top 10 Benefits of Swimming and hope to see you in the water soon!

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