One of the healthiest activities you can engage in is swimming. It is one of the sports out there that targets muscles that you cannot work out on when you are just simply jogging. An advantage with swimming is that you do not need any special equipment to exercise the muscles. All it requires is a good set of swimming gears and a swimsuit. For those who are still learning how to swim, this form of exercise can easily be learned within a couple of weeks. The primary advantage of swimming exercises is that it helps build endurance, general strength, keeps your lungs functioning well, and cardiovascular fitness. An added advantage to swimming is its calming effect that is immediately felt as soon as you dip in the water.
Exercise has already been known to keep you clear of stress by inducing chemicals and neurons in the brain. So not only does swimming take off the stress but it will also leave you feeling happier and optimistic. If you swim at least once a week, you already have a good fitness program that gives you more than just body strength and energy boost. As published in the journal of Neuroscience and journal of the International Brain Research Organization, exercise increases the chemical called BDNF (brain-derived neurotrophic factor) in the hippocampus. This section of the brain controls memory and learning abilities.
The study has been shown that physical activity releases this brain chemical strengthen the synapses in the brain. So having swimming or any type of exercise program can help you protect not only your heart and lungs but also your brain. If you have been too stressed and worried so much about things at work or at home then you can engage in a physical activity that helps you eliminate negative energy. When you swim, you are actually hitting a double purpose in calming your nerves as water is already known to soothe and calm your body and the exercise routine will even give you the bonus of protecting the brain’s functions. Perhaps it would be time for you to skip the endorphin-releasing chocolate goodies when you are stressed and just give it a go on exercise.