How Swimming Benefits Mental Health

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Swimming isn’t just beneficial for your physical health—it also benefits mental health. Having a backyard swimming pool can make a big difference in your overall health.

It is well known how good swimming is for your body. Swimming provides excellent low-impact aerobic exercise that builds lean muscle and strengthens the entire body. It is great for people with arthritis, various disabilities, and the elderly who may have weaker joints or struggle to do high-impact exercises. However, it is important to note that swimming also provides benefits to mental health.

More “Feel-Good” Brain Chemicals

The most important effect swimming has on those who engage in it is the increased production of “feel-good” brain chemicals. These brain chemicals—specifically serotonin, noradrenaline, and dopamine—are necessary for elevating your mood and staving off stress, depression, and anxiety. These chemicals also raise steroid levels, which makes you more resilient to stress overall.

“Feel-good” brain chemicals aren’t only beneficial for your mental health, either. They also have a painkiller effect on the body, commonly referred to as “runner’s high.” Not only do these chemicals heal your mind, but they also support a healthier and more comfortable physical state of being.

Better Sleep

Exercise in general supports a healthier sleep cycle, which is critical for maintaining both a healthy body and a healthy mind. Getting the proper amount of sleep is absolutely necessary for allowing the mind and body time to rejuvenate and heal from the activity and stress of the previous day. Swimming isn’t the only method of achieving this—according to an article by Johns Hopkins Medicine, “people who engage in at least 30 minutes of moderate aerobic exercise may see a difference in sleep quality that same night.” However, if you have a backyard swimming pool, this is an easy way to get aerobic exercise right at home and enjoy more restful nights with more comfortable days.

Backyard Swimming Pool

We’ve established that swimming benefits mental health, but public pools exist, so why invest in a backyard swimming pool? Well, there are a few reasons why this can be a huge benefit.

First, public pools might not be properly maintained. A dirty pool is a recipe for illness, and getting sick from something that you’re doing to improve your physical and mental health won’t have the results you’re seeking.

Second, public swimming pools are open to the public, and that means a lot of extra bodies moving around. If you can only go to the pool during busier times of the day, you might struggle to find the space to properly exercise the way you want to for the best results. This could actually lead to more stress, having the opposite effect than what you’re intending.

Third, many people have insecurities about their bodies—especially in a swimsuit. If you’re approaching a public pool feeling self-conscious about how you look in your swimwear, you’re going to struggle to really get into your exercise routine and achieve the best results.

With your own backyard swimming pool right at your own home, you have the freedom to utilize it whenever you want to without worrying about the interference of other people and whether the pool has been properly cleaned and maintained.

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