Be cool by the Pool this summer with SLT

21/06/2018
Be cool by the Pool this summer with SLT

The temperatures are set to rise over the next two weeks. Nothing feels better than a relaxing swim or a splashing around with the family. Why not take advantage of the fantastic swimming pools in Sandwell and join us. Swimming is a great form of all-round exercise. It's ideal if you want to be more active and stay healthy, whatever your age or ability.

People of all ages, from all backgrounds, and with various levels of experience can benefit from swimming. Swimming is one of the few sports you can do from a young age and all the way up into your 90s.

Why not jump in? It’s not too late to gain from the hidden benefits of swimming. Swimming is perfect for your mental health and physical health. Swimming is a low-impact sport that provides more resistance than dry land exercises and it has a therapeutic cooling effect on the body that contribute to its many benefits. It truly is the perfect sport. Here are 7 of the benefits of swimming:

1. Swimming can improve well being

Studies tell us exercising and socialising together leads to improved mental health. Participants in the study had lower levels of anxiety and depression than their peers did.

2. Kids who swim become active adults

Swimming is an important activity to help combat the childhood obesity rates, and it is fun too. Swimming has all the three elements of physical activity recommended to keep kids healthy: endurance, strength, and flexibility. Swimming provides kids with the tools, skills, and dedication to maintain healthier lives as adults.

3. Swimming makes you smarter

Regular exercise, such as swimming, improves memory function and thinking skills. This is good not only for the classroom and work, but it is beneficial for us as we age too. Regular exercise reduces inflammation and insulin resistance in the brain, which fosters new brain cell growth. Swimming also improves mood, anxiety, and stress, which increases the brain’s ability to think more efficiently.

4. Burns more calories than jogging

When you compare swimming to running, you can burn more calories swimming laps around the pool than you can running laps for an hour. One hour of vigorous lap swimming can burn as much as 715 calories. The same amount of time running at 5 mph burns only 606 calories.

5. Asthma help

Swimming is great for people who suffer from chronic lung conditions such as asthma. Asthma sufferers, especially those with sports-induced asthma, can experience trouble because the loss of heat and moisture in the bronchial tubes causes the tubes to contract. This happens when the air is dry and/or cold outside. Swimming is the best exercise for asthma patients because the moisture from the water replaces the moisture expelled during vigorous breathing.

6. Supports confidence

Swimming is a confidence-building sport. Early evidence from an ongoing study out of Griffith University in Australia revealed that young swimmers are more confident than their non-swimming peers. Swimming teaches confidence in the pool translates to confidence on land as well.

7. You don’t need lots of equipment

Swimming is one of the best sports, as it does require minimal gear! You can workout with only a swimsuit and goggles!

It’s never too early or too late to start swimming. Jump in and have fun. Your life, health, and well being depend on it.

If you need a new swimming costume, pair of shorts or even googles we have a range of Zoggs equipment to help you get moving.

To find out when and where you can go swimming in Sandwell click on our Timetables page.