Swim to Benefit your Mind

Consider adding swimming to your exercise routine. It offers several benefits for your mind and body that extend beyond the obvious. Simply being near a body of water may help lower stress and increase your overall sense of well-being and happiness, according to the research behind the “blue mind” theory, coined by marine biologist Wallace J. Nichols. Compared to exercising at home or in a gym, swimming might give you more joy, and in turn, more likely to do it again. Some more benefits:

  • It occupies your mind. Swimming may encourage you to stay present, since you have to focus on your breathing, how many laps you’ve completed, and your proximity to other swimmers.

  • Regulates your breathing. You have to inhale and exhale evenly as you go, maintaining a consistent breathing pattern.

  • Drives blood flow to your brain. Simply being immersed in the water has been found to help circulate blood. Like all exercise, swimming also releases endorphins, the feel-good neurotransmitters.

  • Engages the senses: sight, sound, touch, and smell. Plus it also requires a disconnect from technology: no headphones or staring at screens.

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