As a Chiropractor I'm always asked "what is the best form of exercise?". And my answer is simple—swimming.
Swimming is a great way to keep fit, stay healthy and make friends. It's a low-impact activity that has many physical and mental health benefits, here are my 3 reasons why swimming is number one on the exercise list.
1. Strengthens muscles
The resistance of water is greater than air, meaning you have to work harder to move through it. It’s like working out with weights which makes swimming the best exercise for strengthening the muscles that support your spine.
2. A low-impact exercise
You’re only bearing about 10% of your weight when you swim due to the buoyancy of water. With greater ease of movement and less strain on bones, joints and muscles, swimming has a lower risk of injury than many other forms of exercise.
3. Improves your sleep
People who undertake vigorous exercise such as swimming are around twice as likely to report on having a good night’s sleep, according to a poll by the National Sleep Foundation. Getting a great night sleep helps the body repair itself.
And here's a bonus reason—jumping into a pool is fun!