Mental Health Benefits Of Exercise & Swimming – Self Care #Ad-gifted

Swimming benefits

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Exercise is good for everyone. According to the NHS, adults aged 19 to 64 should try to be active daily and should aim to do at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity every week.

Where and how you work out is up to you. Whether it be swimming, running, aerobics or cycling; brisk walking or yoga, the choice is yours.

You may choose to work out at home or go for a run. You might be someone who prefers to go to the gym or attend fitness classes?

I love to go to my local gym. I workout 5 times a week as it helps my mental health difficulties. I really do love the gym but sometimes my physical health gets in the way.

I have been suffering with joint pain for a number of years. The pain was always something I could manage, however, for the past year I have not been able to manage my pain at all. It is having an impact on my performance and endurance at the gym.

With this in mind I have started to swim more regularly. I am a confident swimmer, when pregnant I would go swimming daily. I would swim on average 30 lengths day.

Since starting swimming again I have found that my joints ache less after my workout. Swimming is great for those with joint conditions and mobility issues. I have also found that I feel less stressed after a swim.

After a good gym session I find my mood is good but my joints hurt and this then makes me feel a little down.

Swimming gives me the boost of feel good hormones (endorphins) I need without the pain. I love swimming, even if I feel tired or lack energy, I can have a swim at my pace and feel good.

I also find floating on the water therapeutic. I just lay back and let the water carry me. It feels great and is the perfect time to practise mindfulness.

Swimming is not just good for mental health. When swimming you use almost every major muscle. Swimming urges you to use your arms, legs and stomach.

Swimming benefits:

  • increases the heart rate without putting stress on joints
  • tones muscles
  • enhances fitness
  • improves strength
  • helps to manage weight
  • Its good for those with injury or conditions, such as arthritis.
  • Swimming is for all ages
  • It is good for people with disabilities
  • Its a good building cardiovascular strength

As swimming is a low impact exercise it is good for everyone, it’s a good exercise for those who are unable to take part in high-impact and high-resistance exercises.

I am really glad that I got back into swimming, I feel better for it.

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