I have never been a strong swimmer, but I always feel better after. Even if it is just a few slow paced laps.
Therese J. Borchard, who is a mental health writer and activist believes that “swimming stimulates brain chemicals; exercise also produces ANP, a stress-reducing hormone, which helps control the brain’s response to stress and anxiety.”
Yes, It is well known that any exercise makes you feel better mentally and physically. But why is swimming so recommended?
I believe swimming is the best exercise for keeping a happy and healthy mind, I’m sure others would agree that my reasoning for this is that swimming is fun, relaxing and somewhat therapeutic. When self motivating to exercise, how much easier would it be if you knew you would finish feeling happier?
Fun decreases stress and so does exercise. Furthermore, Moby Coquillard, a psychotherapist and swimmer from California mentioned; “Swimming, because of its repetitive nature, is incredibly meditative,” and it is a scientifically proven that meditation works wonders on mental health. He goes on to say he tells his clients to swim instead of taking anti depressants. After reading this section of Moby’s article, I came upon another article on meditation. The British Journal of General Practise 2013 found that “72% of GPs in the UK now believe that patients can derive health benefits by practising meditation.”
After my research on swimming and mental health, I decided to try a few meditating steps from Lexie Williamson, a British Yoga Sport Science instructor. You can follow the steps I did below;
After I tried Williamsons technique, this will now be my forever routine! You don’t have to be great swimmer, just start swimming and live a happy healthy life.