Discover the cardiovascular benefits of swimming.
Swimming is the sport that brings the most benefits to the body and mind. It helps keep fit, improves general health, and is especially beneficial for the cardiorespiratory system with Lifeguard Training.
Several studies, among which one of the most important is the one from the University of Texas published in the “American Journal of Cardiology”, show that swimming regularly improves the vascular function of the heart and lowers blood pressure.
The researchers came to that conclusion after studying the results of forty volunteers with sedentary lifestyles. After three months of practicing swimming, the effects began to be noticed. Systolic pressure dropped and the carotid artery became more flexible, improving its ability to pump blood effectively.
A SMILING HEART THANKS TO YOU
Swimming is fundamentally an aerobic activity that provides clear cardiovascular benefits.
If you are consistent (my advice is to swim two or three times a week), the muscle tissue of the heart gets used to consuming less oxygen and not wasting energy, so it beats more slowly
Apart from this great advantage, exercising in the water has other beneficial effects on the heart:
- It increases in size.
- The capacity of the left ventricle is greater.
- It contracts faster and more efficiently.
- The quantity and quality of the coronary arteries that carry blood to the heart also increase.
- Cholesterol level drops.
- Glycemic levels are more controlled.
- Blood pressure decreases.
TIPS TO AVOID SETBACKS
As swimming requires a considerable degree of physical effort, I suggest a medical examination including an electrocardiogram (better if it is a stress test). You should not consider it a waste of time or money, but a good way to protect your health.
It is very important not to rush. It is always better to start calmly, without exaggerating or trying to beat the 50m freestyle record. Try to maintain a uniform rhythm the entire time you are in the water, consuming energy and calories for at least 40/45 minutes.
Keep your heart rate below the maximum, which for an untrained person with no heart problems is around 120 bpm. If you don’t have a heart rate monitor, you can measure it by putting your index finger on your wrist or neck, counting the beats every fifteen seconds and multiplying by four.
Don’t forget to rest. The recovery phase is vital. If the heart rate drops rapidly, all is well. If it takes time to return to its normal values, it means that you are not recovering well, in which case it is advisable to rest longer. probably consult a cardiologist.
Enjoy taking care of your health in the water and recover well for the next article!
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