Many children and adults like to swim. In fact, swimming is placed as the most chosen recreation to spend a weekend with family.
More than that, it turns out there are many benefits of swimming that make it superior to other types of sports, you know!
Basil Strasburg, PT, a physical therapist from the Cleveland Clinic Rehabilitation and Sports Therapy, revealed that the benefits of swimming are beyond doubt. This type of exercise is even superior to the other sports.
Here are 3 advantages of swimming that other sports do not have:
1. Can be done by anyone
Swimming is a universal sport that can be done by everyone,
both children and adults. Interestingly, people with special needs can do it
Robert A. Robergs, a sports physiologist at The University
of New Mexico, revealed that the benefits of swimming can also be felt by
people who have rheumatism, musculoskeletal disorders, and weight problems.
This makes it clear that swimming can be done by everyone.
When you put your body in a pool with waist-high water, your
body will only bear 50% of your total weight. When high water reaches the
chest, you only support 25-35% of your body weight. Yes, the higher the water,
the smaller the weight you must support.
This is influenced by the buoyancy of the water during
swimming. That’s the reason why the benefits of swimming can be felt by
everyone. Even though you have muscle and bone disorders, you don’t need to
worry about being in pain because the buoyancy of water can help relieve pain
while increasing your fitness.
2. Strengthens the muscles in all parts of the body
You are looking for a type of exercise that can move the
whole body, but with a simple and fun way? Swimming can be the right choice.
Not just feels refreshing, swimming will also encourage your
whole body to move actively. Your hands and feet will automatically fight the
water flow so you can move forward. Meanwhile, the muscles of the hips, back,
and abdomen are responsible for stabilizing the head, the body and the spine.
The swimming movements can help train the muscle strength.
If you did it as an aerobic exercise, you will get greater benefits
of swimming. Such as smoothing the blood flow throughout the body,
strengthening the heart, and maintaining the lung health. This has been proven
by a study published in the 2016 by Revista Portuguesa de Pneumologia journal
that swimmers tend to have stronger lungs than the other athletes.
3. Risk of injury is smaller
Compared to other types of low impact sports, swimming has
the smallest risk of injury. Again and again, this is influenced by the
buoyancy of water which helps to reduce the body’s burden while in the water.
When compared with running, the foot joints are at risk of
injury because your weight is supported by the legs during running. Whereas
when swimming, your joints are actually protected from stress and pressure
because the push from the water is not a dangerous hard impact.
But it is different with professional swimming athletes; the
risk of injury can be greater. Swimming athletes run the risk of shoulder and
knee injuries due to the repetition of hand and foot movements. To be safer,
always follow the instructions from a coach so that the risk of injury can be