Our lungs are very receptive to the conditioning effects of regular exercise. Swimming is a great option for improving lung health, according to a recent article from U.S. Masters Swimming.
Here are 5 benefits you’ll experience when you add swimming to your exercise routine:
1. improved capacity and endurance
Swimming helps increase lung capacity and endurance. When your heart rate increases during a strenuous workout, it’s a response to your body’s need for more oxygen. This oxygen is supplied by your lungs and causes you to breathe harder during exercise. As you exercise regularly, your lungs will become better able to meet these demands, which over time can lead to some structural adaptations, such as increased lung capacity.
2. increased ability to hold your breath
Swimmers must match their breaths with their stroke and have a limited amount of time to take in the air they need. This means your body has to adapt and get used to waiting a little longer, which can increase your breathing endurance.
3. asthma symptoms are reduced
Asthma is a condition that narrows the airways. Swimming can reduce problematic asthma symptoms by increasing breathing capacity and endurance. In addition, breathing in the warm, moist air often found in indoor swimming pools has long been thought to be helpful in keeping the lungs supple and the airways open.
4. strengthening the core
Swimming strengthens your core as a whole. Every time you inhale or exhale, your muscles help push the air where it needs to go. Studies have shown that people who swim and practice breath control have stronger breathing muscles.
5. Support your spine and posture.
Standing or sitting upright helps you get more air into your lungs. This air is then processed and used by your lungs to get your body through the day and all your many tasks. Swimming is a great way to support good posture, as it can relieve back pain and strengthen your core.