In agreement with the recommendations of the WHO, the experts of the Movement=Health movement recommend that adults do 150 minutes of moderate activity or 75 minutes of vigorous activity per week. Lifeguard swimming is an excellent way to work the whole body and the cardiovascular system. An hour of swimming burns almost as many calories as running, without the harmful effects on bones and joints.
Swimming is one of the most popular leisure sports in Hungary.
But why? we can ask the question. The answer is simple, because there are many health benefits of swimming as regularly as possible.
1. While lifeguard swimming, we move almost all our muscles.
One of the biggest advantages of swimming is that it really uses our whole body, from head to toe. Swimming increases the heart rate without straining our body, strengthens our muscles, increases muscle mass and improves our endurance.
Thanks to the different types of lifeguard certificate and swimming, everyone can find the simplest but also the most useful types of swimming, and by alternating them, we can even make swimming training more varied, since each type of swimming focuses on different muscle groups, so it does not matter what form we swim in, since most muscle groups are used during swimming. we use it to move our bodies in the water.
2. Swimming not only trains the skeletal muscles
As it also has an excellent effect on our heart and circulatory system. Swimming makes our heart and lungs strong. The risk of death can also be reduced through lifeguard swimming. Compared to people who are less physically active, those who swim regularly will have about half the risk of dying, as many studies have shown that swimming can help lower blood pressure and help regulate carbohydrate metabolism and therefore blood sugar levels.
3. Swimming is excellent for rehabilitation after injuries
For people suffering from arthritis and other diseases. Lifeguard swimming is a safe exercise option for those with joint pain or to improve recovery from injury. A study found that people with osteoarthritis (also known as degenerative joint disease, the most common form of arthritis) reported significant reductions in joint pain and stiffness and fewer physical limitations after engaging in activities such as swimming or cycling.
It is an interesting observation that swimming has many more benefits than the often prescribed types of exercise on land. (Walking, running, cycling)
4. Swimming is also a good exercise option for people with asthma
The wet environment of indoor pools helps exercise for people with asthma. Not only that, but sports-related breathing exercises, such as breath holding, can also help. lifeguard Swimming increases lung capacity and helps you learn to breathe regularly and healthily.
Some studies have also shown that swimming can increase the risk of asthma in some cases due to the chemicals used to treat pools. Therefore, in this case, you should definitely consult your doctor about the possible risks of lifeguard swimming if you have asthma, and if possible, look for a pool that uses salt water instead of chlorine, which of course is not a common option in Hungary.
5 . It is also beneficial for people with multiple sclerosis (MS)
Swimming can also be useful and recommended for people suffering from multiple sclerosis, as it is easier to move the limb in the water, thus promoting exercise. Water also provides gentle resistance during our movement.
In one study, a 20-week lifeguard swimming program resulted in a significant reduction in pain for people with MS.
6. Swimming helps burn excess calories
Lifeguard Swimming is an effective way to burn calories. An 80-pound person burns about 423 calories per hour while swimming at a low to moderate pace. The same person can burn up to 715 calories per hour swimming at a more vigorous pace. A 100-pound person doing the same activity would burn between 528 and 892 calories per hour.
To compare these numbers to other popular low-intensity activities, the same 80-pound person would only burn about 314 calories per hour walking at 5-6 km/h. Yoga can burn just 183 calories per hour. And on the elliptical exercise machine, we can burn only 365 calories in an hour.
7 . Improves sleep
Lifeguard Swimming has the beneficial property of contributing to a better, healthier night’s sleep. In one study of older adults with insomnia, they found that participants reported improvements in quality of life and sleep after regular swimming, or aerobic exercise.
Almost 50 percent of the elderly experienced some level of insomnia before the start of training, which significantly improved after all types of aerobic training except swimming, including training such as climbing stairs, cycling, and forced walking.
Lifeguard swimming is also available to many people who have physical problems that prevent other exercises such as running. Therefore, swimming is a good choice for older adults who want to somehow improve the quality of their sleep.
8 . Swimming is an excellent way to release accumulated stress and boosts your mood
Based on the results of a research study, a small group of people with dementia reported an improvement in mood after swimming sessions after participating in a 12-week aquatic program. Lifeguard Swimming and water exercise were not only psychologically beneficial for people with dementia.
9. Regular swimming helps to manage stress
The researchers interviewed a group of swimmers immediately before and after swimming sessions in the city of Taipei, Taiwan. Out of the 101 people interviewed, 44 reported that they were mildly depressed before, but that their feeling of stress decreased after lifeguard swimming, and only eight reported that they did not notice an improvement in their stress state.
Although more research needs to be done in this area, the researchers concluded that swimming is a potentially effective way to quickly relieve stress.