If you are looking for a hobby that allows you to relax, spend time with your family, and stay fit, swimming is the answer. It is one of the healthy hobbies that you can do all year-round and at any age. In this article, you will learn more about the reasons why swimming is one of the best hobbies that you can have.
Unlike exercise machines in a gym that tend to isolate one body part at a time (like a bicep curl machine, for example), swimming puts the body through a broad range of motion that helps joints and ligaments stay loose and flexible. The arms move in wide arcs, the hips are engaged as the legs scissor through the water, and the head and spine twist from side to side. Plus, with every stroke, as you reach forward, you’re lengthening the body, which not only makes it more efficient in the water, it also helps give you a good stretch from head to toe.
Swimming, which is considered an aerobic exercise, also strengthens the heart. It helps improve the blood flow in our body. It can also a good exercise for those who have back problems and can help reduce asthma symptoms induced by certain exercises.
Another benefit of swimming is that it makes you better performer. It is known to improve the performance of a dancer, cyclist, runner, and a lot more. Swimming is an ideal hobby for reducing depression.
What can swimming in a pool do for someone with depression? Swimming stimulates brain chemicals that promote nerve cell growth. Exercise affects serotonin, which produces ANP. ANP is a stress-reducing hormone that controls a brain’s response to anxiety and stress. Swimming requires deep-breathing in a pattern, combined with muscle stretching and relaxing. These are elements of many other exercise methods of relaxation, such as yoga.
Do you want to know how swimming can improve your health? Watch the video below.