The benefits of swimming

Dive into the many benefits of swimming, they run deeper than you think. 

From nippers to seniors, every Australian knows a daily swim is great for fitness, but there are other benefits you may not have thought of – physical, mental and, for some, even spiritual. If you’re thinking about starting a new exercise routine, dive in. Six million regular swimmers can’t be wrong.

ALL THE PERKS, HALF THE EFFORT

30 minutes of swimming burns a similar number of calories to an hour of non-water-based exercise. So, why not ditch the smelly footwear and gym tops and jump in. The water’s beautiful. 

TURN UP AND TONE UP!

It’s an all over body workout, using upper body and lower body. Plus, if you want to really tone up, you can isolate muscles by kicking with a kickboard or pull-buoy. 

A HEALTHY MIND

Swimming is great for your mental wellbeing too. A recent study shows that swimming significantly reduces levels of anxiety and depression. It’s also a fantastic way to be mindful. No distractions from your phone, computer or kids. Just you and the water. 

RETURN TO ROUTINE

If you stopped that pre- or post-work swim because of a change in routine recently, why not pick it back up again? With lots of mind and body benefits, it just might give your spirit a lift too. 

MIX IT UP

If you are usually a gym junkie or are sick of crashing into furniture working out to videos at home, why not try mixing in a little swimming? You might want to visualise an idyllic holiday. Just imagine you’re in a Balinese infinity pool and away you go. 

FIND A SWIMMING BUDDY

With 6 million people doing it every week, you probably know someone who’s already swimming. Most of us love a good post-dip laugh, so find a partner and enjoy! 

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