If you are still thinking about the right exercise to do this year that not only helps your body but your mind as well, here are some healthy benefits of swimming that many are not aware of.
It is well known that swimming is one of the most complete exercises due to its effects on cardiovascular health, muscle toning and strengthening, flexibility and bodyweight and is also a recommended way to relax. Beyond these benefits, swimming is also a great alternative for our mental health.
These are and some of its effects on the human brain:
- Swimming simultaneously activates the brain’s hemispheres and lobes, improving our cognitive and learning abilities. This exercise activates our spatial orientation and the neurons that are in charge of the voluntary and coordinated movements that we use for different swimming techniques and that we learn by trial and error.
- Swimming releases endorphins, which are important for alleviating stress and anxiety, and improve how we feel. A study published in the National Center for Biotechnology Information states that, as with other exercises, swimming reduces the symptoms of depression. Swimming is also recognized for its ability to let our minds go blank, disconnect and reach high levels of relaxation.
- Immersing the body in water increases the blood flow to the brain. This stimulates the neurons and consequently improves our cognitive function and memory. Additionally, the motor coordination that is used to swim helps create new neural networks, which over time can reduce the risk of cognitive impairment.