From nippers to seniors, every Australian knows a daily swim is great for fitness, but there are other benefits you may not have thought of - physical, mental and, for some, even spiritual. If you’re thinking about starting a new exercise routine, dive in. Six million regular swimmers* can’t be wrong.
30 minutes of swimming burns a similar number of calories to an hour of non-water-based exercise. So, why not ditch the smelly footwear and gym tops and jump in. The water’s beautiful.
Swimming is great for your mental wellbeing too. A recent study shows that swimming significantly reduces levels of anxiety and depression**. It’s also a fantastic way to be mindful. No distractions from your phone, computer or kids. Just you and the water.
If you stopped that pre- or post-work swim because of a change in routine recently, why not pick it back up again? With lots of mind and body benefits, it just might give your spirit a lift too.
If you are usually a gym junkie or are sick of crashing into furniture working out to videos at home, why not try mixing in a little swimming? You might want to visualise an idyllic holiday. Just imagine you’re in a Balinese infinity pool and away you go.
With 6 million people doing it every week, you probably know someone who’s already swimming. Most of us love a good post-dip laugh, so find a partner and enjoy!
*Roy Morgan Single Source (Australia), January – December 2017 (n=15,169) http://www.roymorgan.com/findings/7498-sports-participation-australia-december-2017-201802150615 ** Swimming has significantly reduced the symptoms of anxiety or depression for 1.4 million adults in Britain. Almost half a million British adults with mental health problems have stated that the number of visits to a medical professional regarding their mental health has reduced as a result of swimming.