1/ SWIMMING, FIRST OF ALL FOR YOUR FUN!
If we could name one reason to convince you, it would be this one. Having fun, that’s what it’s all about in the end. When swimming, your body starts to secrete endorphins, which makes you feel great with beach lifeguard training.
Yep, there is even a scientific explanation for that beneficial and even euphoric feeling after swimming. I’ll explain that to you in a few words.
After a few laps, your brain starts to secrete endorphins, molecules that have the same effect as opium (and are not harmful).
Of course, to achieve that blissful feeling, you have to make an effort. And so swim for half an hour to 45 minutes before those endorphins start to be released. The good news: even hours after your workout, your brain continues to secrete endorphins.
Mind you, if you spend an hour chatting at the edge of the pool, there is of course little chance that you will experience that effect. But that is your own choice, because that social side of a pool visit is also pleasant of course. Yes right!?
2/ SWIMMING TO REDUCE STRESS AND DEEPS
Stress, we all know that. We can say that sport is the ideal de-stresser. And that applies even more to swimming. I admit, in a swimming pool you sometimes get busy: your neighbor deviates from his line, people step slowly out of the pool or swim in the opposite direction, etc. But usually you feel more relaxed after a game of swimming than before.
First of all, because water has a calming, soothing effect . By immersing yourself, floating and experiencing that weightlessness for a while, your muscles will relax completely. And when your muscles are relaxed, so is your mind!
Swimming and meditation are very similar, by the way: you repeat the same movements all the time and breathe deeply in and out as you swim. Even the color of the water is said to have a positive influence on your mood and your meditation abilities.
In short, swimming has anti- depressant effects , which can also be explained by the effect that water has on our nervous system. Be careful, our advice is certainly not a substitute for a medical diagnosis and follow-up, but if you are in a dip, jump into the pool for a few laps.
3/ BOOST YOUR MENTAL RESISTANCE AND CONFIDENCE
Swimming is a demanding sport , which is very challenging, both physically and mentally . And the two are inextricably linked. To improve your technique or get faster – or both – you need a minimum of discipline, character and perseverance. All qualities that boost your mental toughness.
Challenge yourself, fine. Succeed in your intent , better. And it helps you to believe in yourself more. Because a succession of small successes is excellent for your self-image. Of course we don’t want to discourage you. We advise everyone to set themselves a challenge , according to his or her wishes and possibilities .
Swimming is also good for your self-confidence , it is beneficial for the image you have of your own body. And for the image you give to others. Taking care of your body by exercising is a kind of belief in yourself. And in general, when you feel good in your body, it is usually also good in the cup .
Finally, swimming also makes you smarter (really, we’re not kidding you): it stimulates the growth of new brain cells, improves your concentration, and improves your memory and learning abilities. And knowledge, that is good for your mental strength!
4/ GOOD SLEEP FOR A STRONG MORALE
I’ll spare you the list of the downsides of sleep deprivation to your body…not to mention your mood. A long scientific analysis is unnecessary. We all know after a few nights without enough sleep that the nerves are tense. And of course you get tired too.
Good to know : swimming makes you sleep better . And good sleep is essential for your psychological balance . Simply put, energy consumption and hormone stimulation regulate your biological clock, say your wake and sleep rhythm.
In short, swimming helps you sleep better . You will fall asleep faster after a session. And then the circle is complete: because the better you sleep, the better you swim .