Swimming for Health

In our last blog, we covered the many reasons you should consider getting a pool for your property. We touched on a few reasons why having a pool is good for your health, but there are many more reasons why getting a pool can improve your next checkup!

Swimming is a great exercise for people in all stages of life from children to seniors. It is also an excellent exercise for pregnant women because the water’s buoyancy also reduces the effects of gravity on the body making it more comfortable to work out.

Blood Pressure

Swimming for Improved Health and Relaxation

One of the best solutions to reduce high blood pressure or hypertension is swimming. It is an excellent exercise for a general cardiovascular workout.

Doctors define hypertension as a systolic pressure of 140 mmHg or more, and a diastolic pressure of 90 mmHg or more. Having high blood pressure puts you at a considerably greater risk of stroke, cardiovascular disease, and other heart-related problems.

Your blood pressure reading contains two numbers. The top number is the systolic pressure — the measure of blood pressure in the arteries when the heart is beating.

The bottom number is the diastolic pressure — the blood pressure in the arteries in between beats, when the heart is relaxed.

A small study at Rutgers saw that among 43 older men and women, those who started swimming a few times a week lowered their systolic blood pressure.

On average by the end of the study, those who swam as opposed to doing another exercise had shaved an average of nine points from their systolic blood pressure, while the blood pressure of those doing another exercise stayed the same.

Mental Health

how swimming can help your health, mental health

Swimming just doesn’t help the body; it helps the mind. Multiple studies have shown the link between swimming and mental health. For example, Aimee C. Kimball, Director of Mental Training at the Center for Sports Medicine at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center notes

“We know, for instance, that vigorous exercise like swimming can significantly decrease both anxiety and depression,”

It does this by releasing endorphins and using up fight-or-flight stress hormones, converting free-floating anxiety into muscle relaxation.

In addition to these biochemical changes in the brain, swimming requires the swimmer to focus on breathing and muscle movement. Moby Coquillard, a psychotherapist, and swimmer says that

“Swimming, because of its repetitive nature, is incredibly meditative,” Coquillard adds. “There’s even a built-in mantra, be this the slow count of laps, or self-directed thoughts like “relax” or “stay smooth.”

These techniques are like those practiced in mindfulness-based cognitive behavioral therapy and can be an excellent match with such treatments.

So, don’t let others benefit from these health improvements when you could see them too! Talk to us at McGhee today! We can set up your dream pool, and you can be on your way to better health and relaxation.

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