Lifeguard class

Now that summer is here, it’s the perfect time to take a dip. This is where swimming with Lifeguard Class comes into play, one of the most complete and ideal sports to practice in the water.

Swimming is a sports practice that brings numerous benefits to our body . Looking ahead to summer, many people wonder if it is a good activity to incorporate into their routines as an alternative to their sports training, thus combining the effort and heat generated in the room with the relaxation and freshness provided by the water with the high temperatures of the summer period. These are some of the benefits of swimming:

1. Strengthening of the muscles

Swimming allows the muscles to work globally to prevent and improve back ailments . In addition, it enables the performance of cardiovascular work in an environment that minimizes joint impacts.

2. Improves breathing

By working in the water, and thanks to hydrostatic pressure, our heart rate decreases, we help venous return, we favor lymphatic drainage and we strengthen the inspiratory muscles , thus improving breathing.

3. Produces mental and emotional well-being

The greatest benefit that swimming brings is the well-being of the mood and the improvement of our mental health. When we finish a swimming session, we feel happy and mentally relaxed . It is the natural space in which we achieve mental disconnection, forget the rush and release endorphins.

In O2 Centro Wellness they have swimming professionals who can help you and guide you in the initiation to this practice, with directed classes, swimming courses or even swimming groups in the high seas in some areas of Spain such as Huelva. In addition, at O2CW Granada and O2CW Manuel Becerra we have an outdoor pool so you can exercise while you tan.

Helps repair cells from any brain damage at the molecular and behavioral level.

Swimming may be related to summer, but… What would you think if we told you that your brain wanted to jump into the water right now and start swimming?

Surely you will not be surprised if we tell you that aerobic exercise is not only good for the heart, but also for the brain. In fact, a study published in the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) concluded that, like other exercises, swimming reduces symptoms of anxiety and depression . But, in addition, it also helps to repair cells from any brain damage at the molecular and behavioral level.

Benefits of swimming for your brain

If you like to dive into the pool, after reading this post you won’t want to get out of it all year long, because:

Improves cognitive function

The first of the benefits of swimming is that it increases blood flow, which in turn can help improve memory, mood, mental clarity, and focus.
Did you know that a study found that immersion in a pool increased blood flow to the brain? When participants were submerged in water up to heart level, their cerebral blood flow was higher compared to participants who had not been in the pool.

Improves mood

Swimming releases endorphins in the brain. These are considered useful for managing stress, anxiety, and mood.

Improve memory

Swimming promotes new neurons in the hippocampus for better memory. Thus, stress brain damage can also be reversed by
swimming through hippocampal neurogenesis or replacement of lost neurons.

Improve learning

Swimming improves visual and gross motor skills, which lead to improved learning. The bilateral cross-pattern movements in swimming help with the development of nerve fibers in the corpus callosum, which connect the right and left hemispheres of the brain and facilitate communication between the two. Swimming simultaneously activates both cerebral hemispheres and all four
lobes of the brain, which can lead to increased cognition and learning.

Did you know… a study found that children who learn to swim at an early age reach more developmental milestones earlier than those who cannot swim.

Rehabilitation therapy

Finally, swimming is used as a rehabilitation method for cerebrovascular diseases. According to research, the improvement of the patient is more effective and faster.

What benefits does therapeutic swimming offer?

Therapeutic swimming is an aquatic discipline with very good benefits for people with all kinds of pathologies and/or injuries. To guarantee its therapeutic use, it is necessary to have the advice of a specialized professional who plans the exercises based on specific objectives.

What is therapeutic swimming for?

Swimming itself is a sport that improves physical performance, keeps the motor system in shape, and improves lung capacity. But therapeutic swimming adds a twist to this practice, as it focuses on the treatment of injuries and pathologies at the articulatory and muscular level.

What pathologies can it alleviate?

  • Cardiovascular diseases
  • back pain
  • Herniated discs, muscle or joint pain
  • Respiratory diseases and pathologies
  • Depression and related mental health problems.
  • posture correction
  • Postoperative

Water as a means of therapy

Doing physical activities in the water offers some advantages that exercise on land does not allow, especially with regard to
recovery from some of the most common pathologies and disabilities.

In the water it is possible to take advantage of some of its physical properties and versatility; the immersion balances and provides relaxation of muscles and bones. Having a greater margin of mobility reduces the impact on the joints and bones with each movement. This allows you to develop resistance in both systems and reduce the risk of injury.

Therapeutic swimming, as it occurs in the water, is done with a lot of gravity. The body “loses” weight and it is easier to control the compressive forces on the joints. The hydrostatic pressure of water, which is what subjects a body submerged in fluids, also provides incredible benefits for physical and mental health, starting by favoring, like no other exercise, blood circulation.

The temperature of the water is also a factor to consider. Cold, warm, hot… According to the patient’s needs, it must be adjusted and it must be suitable for their treatment.

Performing exercises in this aquatic modality favors the improvement of body posture, develops flexibility and reduces muscle tension that accumulates day by day.

Most notable benefits

As we have already said, therapeutic swimming requires a professional who can implement the exercises based on specific objectives and who, in addition, can provide personalized attention according to the injuries to be treated. So, we bring together some of the general benefits:

It is a very low impact sport for joints

  • improves flexibility
  • Maintains oxygenation and blood circulation
  • Promotes coordination and motor skills
  • improves balance
  • Reduces the risk of injury from falls
  • Reduces stress and anxiety levels
  • Many psychological benefits, especially for self-esteem, mood and self-confidence.

Swimming improves visual and gross motor skills, which lead to improved learning. The bilateral cross-pattern movements in swimming help with the development of nerve fibers in the corpus callosum, which connect the right and left hemispheres of the brain and facilitate communication between the two. Swimming simultaneously activates both cerebral hemispheres and all four
lobes of the brain, which can lead to increased cognition and learning.

Although it is not an exclusive summer sport, the good weather means that more and more people choose to swim in these hot months. This is, in addition to feeling fond of sports, to manage to combat the heat of this season. However, many people do it without knowing that it is one of the healthiest and most complete sports that can be done. Next, we leave you 7 benefits of swimming that you may not have known.

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