As the new year rolls through, many of us are busy setting resolutions, often focusing on improving our health and well-being. Unfortunately, resolutions rarely last, with research suggesting that around 43% of us will have already packed in our new goals by the end of January.
Resolutions fail for a number of reasons, but often, it’s simply that we choose the wrong activity in the first place. Running every day sounds great, but what if you hate running? Going to the gym four times a week sounds excellent – in theory – until you realise you loathe the gym setting.
If you’re looking for a resolution that is both enjoyable and beneficial, consider making swimming your go-to activity for the new year. Here are five great reasons why swimming should top your list of New Year’s resolutions.
1. Full-Body Workout
Swimming is an exceptional form of exercise that engages nearly every major muscle group in your body. Unlike other forms of exercise that might concentrate on specific areas, swimming provides a comprehensive workout. When you swim, you use your arms, legs, torso, and back, ensuring a balanced exercise regime. This full-body engagement is excellent for overall muscle tone and strength.
Additionally, swimming is a fantastic cardiovascular workout. It increases your heart rate without stressing your body, improves your stamina, and enhances your aerobic capacity. Regular swimming can lead to better heart health and a reduced risk of chronic diseases.
2. Low Impact, High Reward
For those with joint pain, arthritis, or previous injuries, high-impact exercises like running can be challenging, uncomfortable – and even dangerous at times. Swimming is a low-impact activity that is kind to the joints and muscles while still putting you through your paces. The buoyancy of water supports your body and reduces the risk of stress-related injuries.
This low-impact nature makes swimming a suitable exercise for all age groups, including the elderly and pregnant women. It’s also an excellent choice for people who are overweight and looking to start an exercise regimen without the risk of injury.
3. Mental Health Benefits
The mental health benefits of swimming are often overshadowed by the physical benefits, but they are just as significant. Swimming can be a meditative and relaxing activity. The rhythmic nature of the strokes and the sound of the water can help calm your mind, reducing stress and anxiety levels. A perfect way to start the New Year if you found all those hectic Christmas celebrations too much to handle.
Furthermore, exercise, including swimming, releases endorphins, known as ‘feel-good hormones’, which can improve mood and decrease feelings of depression. The calming effect of water, combined with these endorphins, can make swimming a highly effective way to improve mental well-being.
4. Accessibility and Versatility
Swimming is a highly accessible sport. Most communities have public pools, and the cost of swimming is generally lower compared to other fitness activities that require expensive gear or membership fees. Whether it’s summer or winter, indoor pools provide a year-round opportunity for swimming.
Swimming is also a versatile activity. It can be as intense or as relaxed as you want it to be. From leisurely laps to rigorous swim workouts, you can tailor your swimming routine to fit your fitness level and goals. There are also various strokes (freestyle, breaststroke, backstroke, and butterfly) to learn and master, making swimming a continuously challenging and interesting exercise.
If you’re completely new to swimming, why not get in contact with Swimming Nature about some private classes? You’ll be getting fit, helping to calm the mind, and learning a new skill in the process.
5. A Lifelong Skill with Safety Benefits
Swimming is not just an exercise; it’s a vital life skill that can save lives. By learning to swim, you’re not only committing to your health but also to your safety. This skill is particularly important if you have children, as teaching them to swim can reduce the risk of accidental drowning.
In addition, swimming can open the door to other water-based activities like snorkelling, scuba diving, or surfing. Being a confident swimmer means you can safely enjoy a wider range of recreational activities.
Dive Into a Healthier You
Swimming offers a unique blend of physical and mental health benefits, making it an ideal activity for people of all ages and fitness levels. As you set your New Year’s resolutions, consider the many benefits of swimming. It’s a fun, low-impact, and effective way to improve your health and well-being. So, why wait? Dive into a healthier, happier you this January. Contact Swimming Nature today and book a private class with us to kick off 2024 in the best possible way.