Swimming can lower risk of early death by 28%, report finds

By Alice Richard
Monday, 03 July, 2017

Swimming can lower the risk of early death by 28%, a new report has found. The report, commissioned by Swim England, found that regular swimming may be associated with a decrease in early death, particularly death caused by cardiovascular disease.

“Research has identified that any amount of swimming participation compared to those who engaged in none, was associated with a 28% and 41% reduction in all cause and cardiovascular disease cause mortality respectively,” the Heath and Wellbeing Benefits of Swimming report said.

According to Swim England, this report is the first time that the relationship between swimming and health and wellbeing has been scientifically investigated in this depth.

People who swim recreationally or competitively are eight times more likely to meet physical activity guidelines, the report found, and swimming and other aquatic activity is a safe, cost-effective and viable option for healthcare professionals to recommend to their patients.

The report also found that children who regularly take part in swimming lessons develop physical, cognitive and social skills faster than those who do not.

Swim England is calling for the wider health and sports sectors to come together and invest in further research on the impact of physical activity on mental health and long-term conditions.

“It is evident from the report that swimming has enormous potential to support the health and wellbeing of the nation. The unique properties of water means that unlike other activities, no-one is restricted from taking part,” said Swim England CEO Jane Nickerson.

“The report particularly highlights the benefits of swimming and aquatic activities for people with mental health concerns or problems with their joints and muscles.”

To access the full report, click here.

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