In a previous post, we told you about 6 Ways Swimming Transforms Your Health, today we’ve decided to add to that, with 4 more ways swimming can help your health!
1. Swimming Makes You Smarter:
Well actually, just being immersed in water will do the trick! A small study by Howard Carter of the University of Western Australia School of Sport Science found that participants immersed in water up to heart level had a 14 percent blood flow increase to the middle cerebral artery and a 9 percent blood flow increase to the posterior cerebral artery. This increased— and therefore healthier— blood flow to the brain can help improve memory, clarity, mood, and concentration!
2. The Colour Blue Enhances Mental Wellbeing: Psychological functioning associated with colours has fascinated scholars for centuries, first noted in Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s “Theory of Colours(1810)” , in which he linked colours to feelings and reactions. There is no concrete evidence that blue spaces will improve or enhance mental wellbeing, but as abundant as it is in the natural world, e.g., the sky and sea on a beautiful day, it would only make sense that it is associated with the idea of peace and serenity!
3. Swimming Helps Varicose Veins: Varicose veins appear when faulty valves allow blood to flow in the wrong direction or even pool. Approximately 1 in 4 adults in the United States are affected by this condition, some are concerned by its cosmetic appearance, others experience physical discomfort. If you’ve looked into it, you’ve probably read that exercise is key in relieving the situation, but do you know which exercise is the best? Swimming is the most recommended by vein specialists, and we’ll tell you why:
We previously mentioned that swimming is non-weight bearing, which means less pressure on those veins. This decrease in pressure allows for enhanced blood circulation, moving it back to your heart more efficiently than when you're on dry land! Swimming also engages so many muscles in your body that is improves your blood flow overall without straining your joints.
4. Swimming Reverses Aging: Regular swimmers are biologically 20 years younger than their birth certificates state, according to research by Indiana University. There is a typical physiological functional capacity decline beginning at around the age of 35 but they found that people who swam roughly 2 miles three to five times a week, postponed the gain process by decades— delaying this natural decline until the age of 70! To quote twelve-time olympic medalist Dana Torres, and at age 41, oldest swimmer to earn a place on the U.S. Olympic team, “The water doesn’t know your age.”
Are you convinced that it's time to hop in the water?! Let us know what you think about these incredible health benefits below, or by sending us a tweet @ZoneSwimwear!