Swimming Slows Down Ageing
We all know that swimming is great, but did you know it can slow down the ageing process?
A long-term study at Indiana University Bloomington’s Counsilman Center for the Science of Swimming found that Masters Swimmers (those aged 35 and above) who swam roughly 3,200 to 4,500 metres (3.2 to 4.5 kilometres) three to five times a week, delayed their ageing process. Their ageing process is postponed by not just a few years, but for decades, using traditional age markers like muscle mass blood pressure and lung function as a guide.
But what if you aren’t a Masters Swimmer? Fret not, as swimming is for anyone and everyone! “The health and well-being benefits start with a minimal amount of swimming,” Counsilman Centre Director Joel Stager said. “If you want the fitness effect, you’ll need to look at getting your heart rate up and boosting the intensity.”
Another study, by Dr. Steven Blair at the University of South Carolina, has shown that swimming dramatically reduces the risk of dying. The study spanned 32 years and followed 40,000 men who were aged 20 to 90. Those who swam had a 50 per cent lower death rate than runners, walkers and those who didn’t exercise at all.
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