Swimming is one of the best leisure and sports activities for cardiovascular fitness. Here are some of its benefits mentioned by Jesse Miller in her guide Jen Reviews:
Swimming fights fatigue: Swimming engages all the muscles and increases body's tendency for inhaling oxygen and improves energy use in the body. There is research that proves that swimming boosts maximum oxygen capacity of the person regardless of their previous levels of fitness.
Swimming improves cardiovascular health: There is a direct connection between maximum oxygen capacity of the body and cardiovascular health. As the former increases, the lungs and heart becomes stronger. This leads to major improvement in heart health.
Swimming aids in mental health: Swimming helps in connecting with the community and relieves symptoms of anxiety, depression etc. There is a visible improvement in mood and outlook of people who swim.
Swimming is preventive for chronic illness: Physical activity in general can lead to massive improvements in immunity to prevent against any chronic, noncommunicable diseases. This is probably because swimming targets the oxidative stress and biomarkers associated with diseases.
Swimming causes less damage to muscles and joints: Jumping and running can lead to a lot of strain on the muscles as opposed to swimming, which is considered to be of low impact. It protects the functions of joints and muscles to reduce impact damage.
Swimming decreases overall body fat percentage: Swimming can be one of the easiest and the most effective exercises to do in order to reverse any potential fat gain or prevent one.