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The benefits of swimming

J.D Loftin, Staff Writer

Swimming is one of the best sports in general. The effects of swimming on the body are incredible when compared to other sports like running or football. The sport is very vigorous and intense if you want a good work out that is.

Unlike most sports swimming is a low impact sport and this also includes joints. When running the amount of stress placed on your joints can be painful or even damaging. When you swim, about 85% of your body weight and mass is supported by the water. The rather weightless environment along with support from the water will help to overcome painful movement or pressure in the joints, which are affected by the condition. And the toning of the muscles around the joints will help relieve some of the pressure.

Swimming is a full-body workout sport that can give a work out more rigorous than any other sport. Swimming is a resistance exercise, similar to weight-lifting. However, unlike weight-lifting, swimming places practically no stress on your joints and bones. So not only does swimming just work your muscles but it will not have some of the negative impacts that lifting weights can have. There are many muscles that swimming can strengthen. Especially the core muscles, the core muscles are very important to a swimmer. This is because of the amount of flip turns you do on the walls, dolphin kicks, breaststroke, and more.

The sport exercises more than just physical strength it works out your brain. Swimming helps our entire well being and mood. According to MySwimPro.com, a good swim can make you feel like a brand-new person. That’s because it stimulates brain chemicals that foster the growth of nerve cells. Swimming also affects neurotransmitters such as serotonin that influence mood and produces ANP, a stress-reducing hormone, which helps control the brain’s response to stress and anxiety.