23 October 2014
The therapeutic benefits of water
Whether you’re swimming a few lengths in the pool to relax after work or are treating yourself to a couple of hours of peace and relaxation at a health spa, participating in such activities has benefits for both the mind and body. Swimming regularly does not mean you have to train strenuously and push your body to its limit - in fact, swimming can be a great low-impact exercise which makes it ideal for those looking to rehabilitate from physical injuries or illnesses. If you’re looking to become healthier, fitter and leaner or just to relax, swimming might be just what you’re looking for. Here are some of the benefits:
Reduced blood pressure
If you have high blood pressure or suffer from a stressful lifestyle (particularly if the stress is work related), taking some time out to do some gentle swimming or utilising the services of your local hydrotherapy spa can dramatically help to improve both your health and your outlook. Hydrotherapy is a relaxing experience and promotes the release of endorphins, helping you to return to psychological equilibrium so that you’re feeling fresh and rejuvenated for another day at work and running a busy home.
Improved cardiovascular health and blood circulation
There are few activities as good as swimming for those who want to improve the health of their heart. Swimming is also great for people with poor circulation or circulatory disorders such as Raynaud’s phenomenon. Swimming is one of the best forms of exercise that works the whole body, causing the heart and lungs to pump oxygen throughout the body and reduce the risk of heart attack. Swimming is particularly good for those suffering from physical problems which pertain to the hands or feet as it increases blood flow to those areas, helping with rehabilitation.
Helps to soothe aching muscles
Pressure-based hydrotherapy treatments such as hydrotherapy jets are excellent after you’ve had an intense training session and your muscle fibres are aching. Such treatments are also helpful for those with problems in the joints, such as arthritis. Even if you don’t have a problem with your muscles or joints, feeling a warm stream of water working its magic over your body is relaxing.
Improves muscle strength
If you have weakened muscles because of a health problem, using the resistance of water to stimulate your muscles to become stronger is effective and low-risk. For older people experiencing a loss in muscle mass due to the ageing process, light to moderate swimming in a pool with a counter current unit may be a good way to help keep the body functioning optimally.
If you’re simply looking to shape up, swimming is a pleasant and enjoyable way to get that full-body workout, whilst also increasing your stamina - having your own indoor pool means you can swim whenever you want!