Benefits of Swimming

Benefits of Swimming

What can swimming do to benefit your fitness journey?

There are a variety of benefits with swimming. This is a unique offering Riverside Sports and Leisure Club gives compare to the 24 hour gyms that are around. Included in your membership is access to all our facilities including the gym and pool at no extra cost.

Riverside Sports & Leisure Club Gloucester - swimming pool

The benefits:

  • A full body workout, with this, you burn more calories in the pool than in the gym. Thirty minutes of swimming is equivalent to forty-five minutes cardio[1]
  • This type of activity is also a good destress mechanism, therefore helping you to reduce anxiety and depression[2]
  • It helps to support the body, and therefore, if an injury has occurred, you are able to still be active whilst swimming, whilst recovering.[3]

Furthermore, It has been highlighted by the NHS[4] that there are a number of health benefits which come from actively partaking in swimming. These include reducing chronic illnesses, such as heart diseases and type 2 diabetes[5]. Furthermore, it can become a skill which could save a life. There is never a too late time to learn[6]. It has been indicated that a thirty minute session would count towards your recommended weekly actively [7]

Goal Setting

Moreover, swimming can help with goal setting. It allows you to strive towards something, and achieve a goal without realising it. Such as working to a high number of lengths[8]. It has also be stated that swimming can help with improving your memory and therefore allow you develop cognitive aspects of your lifestyle [9]

Finally, it is seen as one of the more cost effective parts of a healthy lifestyle. All you need is a swimsuit and googles! [10]

Get started on fitness journey by joining Riverside Sports and Leisure Club!


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[2] Swimming.org, 2016., 8 benefits of swimming whatever you fitness, Retrieved from https://www.swimming.org/justswim/8-benefits-of-swimming/

[3] Swimming.org, 2016., 8 benefits of swimming whatever you fitness, Retrieved from https://www.swimming.org/justswim/8-benefits-of-swimming/

[4] NHS, 2019., Swimming for fitness. Retrieved from https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/exercise/swimming-for-fitness/

[5] NHS, 2019., Swimming for fitness. Retrieved from https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/exercise/swimming-for-fitness/

[6] NHS, 2019., Swimming for fitness. Retrieved from https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/exercise/swimming-for-fitness/

[7] NHS, 2019., Swimming for fitness. Retrieved from https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/exercise/swimming-for-fitness/

[8] Mullen, G., 2016, 10 Hidden Benefits of Swimming. Retrieved from https://www.swimmingworldmagazine.com/news/10-hidden-benefits-swimming/

[9] Mullen, G., 2016, 10 Hidden Benefits of Swimming. Retrieved from https://www.swimmingworldmagazine.com/news/10-hidden-benefits-swimming/

[10] Mullen, G., 2016, 10 Hidden Benefits of Swimming. Retrieved from https://www.swimmingworldmagazine.com/news/10-hidden-benefits-swimming/