I’m often asked what an ideal exercise and swimming routine should be. I think swimming 2-4 times a week is ideal.
Consistency is good for your body.
30 – 45 minute swims, 2 to 4 times a week
There are no replacements, medical, pharmaceutical or otherwise for the benefits of routine exercise. Science has proven some of them to be the following:
Routine exercise reduces stress, erratic heart rate, blood pressure and breathing patterns leading to a more relaxed state.
Routine exercise regenerates cell growth both in muscles, organs as well the brain. Exercise promotes a process called neurogenesis, the brain’s ability to adapt and grow new cells and neurons.
Routine exercise regulates, normalizes, and balances chemicals such as endorphins and serotonin. Chemical levels in our body effect everything from cognitive performance, to mood and anxiety and mental clarity. Research has even found a boost in creativity resulting from exercise. Exercise also works to lower stress chemicals, such as cortisol, that lead to depression.
Refreshes our body temperature and increases our circulation and flow throughout the whole body. Water temperature is typically lower than air temperature. When your body enters water, in an attempt to acclimate blood vessels widen to allow for increased blood flow. Just like a well run machine, swimming activates all flowing systems in the body.
Swimming as a routine exercise is a great way to achieve a life-affirming and exhilarating mood as well maintain mental health.
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