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The 1985 Ron Howard movie “Cocoon” sees a group of elderly adults gain a new found strength, enhanced energy and a new lease of life and youthfulness from swimming in their local pool. Now, the pool in the movie contains powers from another planet, however, you can have a similar experience yourself by taking a dip in your pool. Of course, your pool will not be a creation of an alien life form, but this does not mean to say that it cannot help you find a new lease of life, just as the characters did in the movie “Cocoon”.
A long-term study from the Indiana University Bloomington found that swimmers over the age of 35, who were swimming 3.2-4.8 kilometres three to five times per week were actually postponing the ages process by decades. The qualities of their bodies- such as lung function, blood pressure and muscle mass-remained like the qualities of those tens of years younger than them.
Now, you may not have time to swim that much a week. You may not be an excellent swimmer, and you may be well past the 35-year-old age marker. However, swimming can still benefit you greatly, and these benefits can start with just a minimal amount of swimming…