Lap it up and live longer!
Research shows swimmers live longer than walkers and runners - not just a little bit longer, it’s a solid winning margin!
A study followed more than 40,000 men aged 20 to 90 for 32 years and found swimmers were 50 percent less likely to die during the study period than walkers or runners.
Great results for swimmers and lead researcher, Steven Blair, a professor of exercise science at the University of South Carolina. “I was expecting to see swimmers and runners have a lower risk of dying," he says. "I was a little surprised that the swimmers had a statistically significant lower death rate than the runners, but they did."
Water offers some pretty amazing upside as a work out environment. It’s cool for starters, the ocean is free and public pools affordable. As well as supporting your weight so there is less stress on your joints, H2O is 800x denser than air so the benefit of this added resistance is felt when swimming laps.
Being highly aerobic and low impact so it also delivers epic health benefits without the strain to lower joints that comes with running and walking. "People who can't walk or run because of physical limitations—arthritis, for instance—can reap all the health benefits of an exercise program by swimming," Blair says. Because swimming is low impact, it’s something everyone can do every single day.