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How Swimming Can Improve Your Mental Health

How Swimming Can Improve Your Mental Health

Swimming is perfect for physical exercise, working out all of the muscles at once, but it can also be mentally beneficial. It brings a therapeutic state to your mind and helps to bring a positive effect. Swimming is very beneficial for the mind, here is why:

Swimming is an effective way to relieve stress. The regular, repetitive motion of swimming through the water is often relaxing and can help focus the mind on one task. Swimming is a sport that releases endorphins into your brain and can help to bring a positive outlook to life. Being immersed in the water boosts blow flow to the brain, which can have a positive impact on its health. Swimming can lead to at least a 30% improvement in self-worth and satisfaction in life. 

Regular swimming can also help to lower the effectiveness of anxiety and depression. The release of these natural endorphins helps to boost happiness. Swimming is also a great way to help improve memory, focus, and concentration as swimming often takes a lot of focus into your swimming technique. The water can help to relieve the tension of muscles, the floating effect of the water is calming to the mind and helps people to feel happier in themselves.

Swimming has a big community of fellow swimmers who support each other, give each other advice, and help to influence each other. Social interaction with other swimmers to share experiences, tips, and tricks, or simply to enjoy swimming together, can help to boost serotonin and to find some like-minded people to support you. 

There is scientific evidence that suggests that the colour blue/being in blue spaces can improve mental well-being, for example looking up at a blue sky, or looking at the blue sea. It is abundant throughout the natural world and is associated heavily with water. 

In conclusion, swimming is perfect for your physical health, but it can be perfect to help your mental health too. At ProSwimwear, we offer a large range of swimwear, accessories, and equipment to dive into the water with a smile.

Why You Should Begin Dryland Training

Why You Should Begin Dryland Training

Dryland training is important to swimmers, and should also be used to maximise swimmer performance. The purpose of swimming is to improve the swimmer’s power and overall speed in the pool, but this is not enough to maintain muscle strength. Therefore there needs to be exercised outside of the pool to improve the versatility of the swimmer’s muscles. 


Despite the repetitive movements and use of the whole body whilst swimming, gaining muscle just by swimming is a tricky task. Training outside of the pool can help assist with this task. When weight is placed onto a muscle, that muscle is working to resist the gravitational pull which causes a muscle to contract and tense. When muscles contract against a weight applied, micro-tears in tissue appear that cause that soreness you feel after a workout, but as the body repairs these micro-tears, the muscle builds up and gets stronger.


At Proswimwear, we offer a range of protein powders and nutritional products that can help with muscle gain and repairing muscle after a workout. These also help to increase your protein intake to hit nutritional goals without having to consume vast amounts of meat and costing a fortune.

https://www.proswimwear.co.uk/nutrition-hydration/nutrition-and-hydration/after.html

Weight-bearing strength training for swimmers helps increase bone density too! Swimmers naturally have a low bone density because they spend the majority of their training in the pool rather than putting weight onto their muscles through dryland training. The extra weight on your bones helps to form stronger bone tissue.


Having a strong core as a swimmer can help you maintain the correct body position in the water that helps to minimise drag. This will help a swimmer to move faster and carry more acceleration into a dive with clean entry. Core training can help to improve your breathing flow in the water, improve posture and upper body strength. You can do many dryland workouts that help to improve core strength, such as using resistance bands or doing sit-ups. At ProSwimwear, we have resistance and dryland training aids to use during your training routine.

https://www.proswimwear.co.uk/swimming-accessories/swimming-training-aids/resistance-training.html

Dryland training requires strong focus and coordination. Having the correct body position for the different kinds of exercises that can be used when training outside of the pool is very important and can be learned over time. Balance and stability can be improved with single-legged exercises. When a swimmer gains a constant level of strength, there are a huge variety of exercises that can be done with quick bursts of energy. This helps develop power in your legs and arms, such as squats and push-ups, which then can be applied in the pool.

 

Dryland training helps to vary your training regime, introducing new movements and challenges to the muscles. The repetitive motions in swimming can lead to injuries and dryland training can target these areas that are underdeveloped. Training out of the water can also help to relieve some of the pressure placed on strained muscle groups. Introducing these exercises can help to develop stronger muscles, letting the muscles get stronger in the weaker movement which will put less strain on them overall.

 

No Pool? No problem! At ProSwimwear we have everything a swimmer needs to stay sharp for their next race, even when they are out of the pool. Whether it’s a warm-up, strength and conditioning training, or recovery, when you aren’t able to get in the pool we have the best variety of swimmers’ land training equipment so that you can stay race-ready.

 

Make sure that you check it out below:

https://www.proswimwear.co.uk/swimming-accessories/land-training.html

Level X – The New Virtual Swimming Competition introduced by Swim England

Introducing Level X: The new virtual swimming competition! 

Swim England is introducing a new way to for swim clubs to virtually compete! 

In this blog we will tell you... 

  • What exactlty Level X is
  • Who the first clubs competing are going to be
  • How it's taking place
  • How it's scored
  • And what comes next for virtual swimming! 

We will be updating you on the latest Level X news throughout this exciting new journey!

Read more now! 

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The International Swimming League Returns for Season 2!

ISL In this blog we will be discussing the return of the International Swimming League! 

The International Swimming sensation returns for season 2!

We will discuss: 

  • How the ISL is making it's return 
  • What will be happening to ensure safety during the current global pandemic
  • Who will be making their return to the starting blocks
  • And everything else you need to know about it's return! 

 

This is an exciting event for the Swimming Community! 

We can't wait to see what this season unfolds! 

Read more now! 

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5 Reasons We Love Our Swim Mums

In this blog we discuss five of the many reasons that we love our swim mums!

The blog will discuss...

  • Why they are amazing
  • What they are capable of
  • What they continue to do for us
  • Why we love them

This mother's day we wanted to give a shout out to the swim mums that support us ALWAYS! They are incredible individuals and every swim mum is special.

Happy Mother's Day to ALL the swim mums!

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The new HUUB Anemoi Aero Tri-Suit: A Triathlon must have!

Anemoi Tri SuitIn this blog post we will be looking at the HUUB Aenmoi Aero Tri-Suit! 

It will include...

  • Information about who HUUB are as a brand! 
  • What incredible features the suit has
  • What makes it so special 
  • And Time Savings results from the brilliant tests they did! 

This is a hi-tech powerhouse of a tri-suit and is not one to be missed! 

Read more now! 

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The Dolfin FirstStrike: The Fast and Affordable!

Dolfin FirstStrikeIn this blog we will be looking at the Dolfin FirstStrike race suit collection! 

This will include... 

  • Taking a lot at the history of Dolfin
  • Looking at some of the features of the FirstStrike collection 
  • Discussing what they do
  • Talking about what other amazing products Dolfin have

This is such an affordable, hi-tech collection of race suits - don't miss it! 

Read more about the FirstStrike collection now! 

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What Is Chlorine Irritation & How Can It Affect You?

SwimmerIn this blog we will be talking about Chlorine Irritation, and how does it affect you? 

We will talk about... 

  • When chlorine is used
  • What problems it can cause
  • How to spot the signs of chlorine irritation
  • What some of the preventative measures are

We discuss what chlorine irritation is, and some of the effects. 

Remember to always get help if any chlorine irritation bothers you for prolonged periods of time!

Read more now! 

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The Brownlee Brothers Meet HUUB: The HUUB Brownlee Agilis Wetsuit!

HUUB Brownlee Agilis WetsuitIn this blog you can discover more about the HUUB Brownlee Agilis Wetsuit! 

It will talk about... 

  • How the wetsuit came to be designed
  • What they wanted from designing this suit
  • The main features 
  • What influence the Brownlee brothers had in the making

This is an incredible wetsuit - unlike any other that has come before it! 

Read more - you WON'T want to miss this! 

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5 Things a Swim Parent Dreads to Hear

Junior SwimmerIn this blog we will be discussing the five things that a swim parent dreads to hear!

This blog will look at... 

  • Some of the things we hear as swim parents that fill us with dread!
  • Situations we would rather never face
  • Highlight the difficulties of swim parenthood 
  • Recognise why we do it and why we love it! 

Enjoyment is natural - but so is dread! The Swim Parent life is multifaceted, and we represent all of it!

Read more to hear what we say! 

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The Run Up to the Olympics with Chris Walker-Hebborn

In this blog Chris Walker-Hebborn will be discussing his thoughts and experience on the Olympics! Chris Walker-Hebborn Olympics

This will include... 

  • How much pressure competing to get to the next stage is
  • What the Olympic Standards are for athletes
  • How you qualify for the games
  • A canded account of Chris' experience in the Olympics

With the big year for swimming now upon us... this is a blog you CAN'T miss! 

Read more now! 

 

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Power Up with the new Powerskins: Introducing the Arena Carbon Glide

In this blog we will take a look at the Arena Powerskin Carbon Glide! Adam Peaty Arena

This blog will cover... 

  • How Arena began and has developed 
  • What the Arena Carbon Glide does
  • Some specific features of the Arena Powerskin Carbon Glide 
  • A summary of the Glide and what else you can get from Arena! 

The new additions to the Arena Powerskin collection are out now! 

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My Swimming Journey: Tips For Swimming Away From Home with Brodie Williams

In this blog Brodie Wiliams will be giving you his tips for travelling away to swim! Brodie Williams Swimming

This will include: 

  • Advice on what to take with you 
  • Some of the first things you do when you get to your location
  • What is important to remember when travelling
  • Sharing his own experiences travelling 

For great advice for your next trip read now! 

Thanks to Brodie for sharing his advice with us! 

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How to stay motivated in swimming with Adam Chillingworth

In today's blog ProSwimwear Ambassador Adam Chillingworth talks about motivation! Adam Chillingworth

He talks in depth about... 

  • Keeping the cycle of motivation going
  • How to stay motivated 
  • Dealing with tough training
  • And ways Adam motivates himself! 

Adam gives some great advice on how to stay motivated from his own experience! 

Read more to find out how to stay motivated this year! 

 

 

 

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