The benefits of Lifeguard training and swimming for physical and mental health are numerous in women, children, men and older adults.
Swimming is undoubtedly one of the most widely practiced sports in the world, with only 43 million practitioners in the United States.
1-Reduces stress and depression
First, any physical exercise releases endorphins, the hormones that give the feeling of well-being.
Research has also shown that swimming can reverse the damage caused by stress.
Another study of 100 American swimmers found that novice and advanced swimmers felt less tension, hatred, confusion, or depression than they did before taking up this sport.
2-Improves cardiorespiratory function
Swimming improves the body’s resistance. Improves oxygen consumption efficiency by up to 10% and increases the heart’s ability to stimulate blood by up to 18%.
Strengthens the heart and lungs. The work of breathing in the water increases the efficiency of oxygenation and blood transfer.
Unlike bodybuilding machines that exercise only a few parts of the body, swimming works a large part of the body, keeping the joints flexible.
To improve flexibility, it is recommended to perform a gentle stretching at the end of the exercise.
4-It does not affect the joints
During swimming, the joints do not suffer from the impact they have from other sports such as tennis or running. In fact, this sport is recommended to treat arthritis for this reason.
5 – It can be practiced through life
Since swimming has no impact, it can be practiced throughout life. In fact, there are usually people over the age of 90 who practice it.
To keep you healthy, it is good to have high levels of good cholesterol (HDL) and low levels of bad cholesterol (LDL) in the body.
Swimming can balance these levels because of the benefits of aerobic exercise, which lowers HDL levels.
7 intelligence improve
An Australian study compared a group of children who were swimming with one who was not.
The results showed that the children who practiced it had more developed language skills, better motor skills, more self-confidence and more physical development.
On the other hand, babies who have been swimming in the first 2 years of life are shown to develop a greater perception of the world around them with what they are already learning to be more creative and attentive. Water stimulates the child’s ability to play and this fact will have a very positive impact on future learning.
8-Improves asthma symptoms
Swimming indoors has the advantage of being able to practice it in a humid environment, which can help reduce asthma symptoms.
Some studies have even shown that swimming can improve the overall condition of patients with asthma (snoring, mouth breathing, minor doctor visits).
In any case, it is beneficial for everyone, as it increases lung capacity.
9-Reduces the risk of diabetes
In one study, swimming was shown to reduce the risk of diabetes by 6%. With just 30 minutes, three times a week, the risk of type 2 diabetes is reduced by 10%.
On the other hand, if you already have type 1 diabetes, aerobic exercise can be helpful as it increases insulin sensitivity.
10-Increase muscle mass throughout the body
After 8 months of swimming you will see an increase in muscle mass of up to 23%.
According to a 2013 US survey, people who enjoy sports such as swimming are twice as likely to say they slept well every night or almost every night.
They are also less likely to report sleep problems.
Burn 12 calories (keep weight)
When you swim, you burn 500-600 calories per hour, depending on the intensity and your physical condition.
Running and doing an elliptical bike burn slightly more, although they’re very close: swimming burns 11% fewer calories than running and 3% fewer calories than cycling.
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13-More years of life
Researchers at the University of North Carolina found that people who swam had a 50% lower death rate than people who ran or didn’t exercise. The study was done with 40547 men aged 20-90 years for 32 years.
14-Benefits in Babies
It has several benefits in babies:
- Psychomotor development.
- Help the baby relax.
- Develop vital survival skills.
- Strengthening the cardiorespiratory system.
- Help the baby feel more secure.
- Strengthen the immune system.
- Raise the IQ.
- Improves and strengthens the affective and cognitive relationship between baby-mom-father.
- Initiates socialization without trauma in a playful and recreational environment.