Swimming is one of the most valuable life skills. We’re in a world where around 75% of the Earth’s surface is covered in water. It makes sense that everyone should be able to swim.
In America, every single year, there are around 5000 drownings. It’s no wonder that most children are given the opportunity to learn how to swim.
However, aside from the fact swimming could save your life one day, it’s also incredibly beneficial to other aspects of your life. Research goes to show that swimming can relieve stress.
That’s not all swimming helps with, which is why we’ve written this post. Here are three ways swimming might be able to improve your productivity and work.
Swimming Lowers Depression and Stress
Concluded in the study we mentioned in the introduction, swimming goes a long way to act a bit like therapy. This is mainly due to the rush of endorphins experienced when performing an exercise.
There is something incredibly relaxing about swimming too. External noises are blocked out when your head is in the water, and your mind wanders. This makes it very easy for you to switch off from any worries.
Swimming has similar benefits to yoga or meditation. This is because you are always focusing on something, whether it’s your breathing pattern or the number of strokes per length.
Swimming Makes You Smarter
It might be hard to believe, but studies show that swimming can improve cognitive function.
The Australian research looked at a group of kids who were attending swimming lessons. It followed those same children as they developed and measured their physical development, cognitive processes, and emotional intelligence.
The study put forward correlations between swimming from an early age and improved emotional and intellectual capacities. It also helps to improve your motor skills.
Swimming Can Prolong Your Life
It’s no secret that exercise is good for you. However, swimming, in particular, has proven to be one of the best forms of it out there.
The study followed a large group of people, between the ages of 20 to 90, for more than 32 years. The swimmers in the group were 50% less like to die than those who sat around on the couch or even compared to runners.
Well, there we have it. If you want to relax and unwind while prolonging your life (and therefore, work life), you should probably take up swimming.
It doesn’t have to be intense and hard work either. Even half an hour of moderate swimming will go a long way to improving your overall fitness and mental health.
Let us know how you get on and if you feel more productive after a good swimming workout. We certainly do!
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