You know that swimming is a good way to exercise – now scientists are claiming it’s also a good way to stay young.
Recent research found that swimming could slow down the ageing process. An American study conducted at the Indiana University Centre showed that for people aged over 35, swimming up to four kilometres three to five times a week could improve muscle mass and lung function. These health benefits are said to be responsible for swimming’s anti-ageing effect.
And you don’t have to go to great lengths to achieve the same results. The study shows that swimming in your lap pool a few times a week can make a difference.
Swimmers Age More Slowly
In the study at Indiana University, scientists discovered that swimmers of any age had more lean muscle. The researchers measured age markers, which are physiological function indicators that normally decline by 0.5% to 1% per year starting from the age of 35.
They found that intensive swimming (about 4,000 metres for three times a week) significantly slowed down the deterioration of age markers such as muscle mass, blood pressure, blood chemistry and lung function. Not just in the short term, but for decades.
Less Stressful, More Effective
Training in water requires your muscles and cardiovascular system to work in a different way than they do on land. Your lungs need to adjust to a new method of breathing, and every muscle in your body adapts to the new way of moving.
Given all these, swimming is gentle on the body. Swimming requires you to bear a little or no portion of your body weight. The pool bears your bodyweight, so there’s no pressure on the joints. This makes swimming an ideal workout for people of all ages.
So, it’s not a miracle cure for ageing, but swimming helps the body achieve movements to keep it young and active.
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