Here is a personal story of the love of swimming exercises and the benefits derived ! Regular swimming contributed to a greater health, and in combination with a better diet, my blood pressure was reduced over a period of several months.
Reduce Blood Pressure
When my blood pressure rose during a stressful period in my working life, I resolved to do more swimming. My routine would be to go to the local swimming pool once or twice each week. On each visit I would swim at least 800 m (a half mile). I would vary the stroke, doing all the swimming strokes I know, to give a good balanced workout.
Swimming: Early Days
I began to learn swimming as a child, under my mother's instruction. She was and is a keen swimmer, having earned a medallion in her youth. My sisters and I were keen to learn, because we enjoyed being at the pool, and at the beach on holiday. My first success was to stay afloat on my back. I went from there to doing a reasonable front crawl. Then I was able to learn back stroke, and finally a passable breast stroke.
As I grew up, I realised that there are several health benefits to be gained from swimming. The chief benefit is the use of many different muscle groups – a good overall "workout" - while the weight of the body is helpfully supported by the water, reducing strain.
Another very important aspect of swimming is the "feel good" factor. Swimming releases noradrenaline in the brain, which produces a very special sense of physical wellbeing.
My swimming contributed to a greater health, and in combination with a better diet, my blood pressure was reduced over a period of several months or regular practice.
The benefits of swimming to my overall health have continued. Whenever I go swimming, I feel the same sense of wellbeing. There is definitely a joy to be gained through swimming, and an special exhiliration can be experienced when swimming in the sea (if it's not too cold !).
Regular swimming plays a great role in strengthening the heart and lungs. It thus builds over all muscle strength and cardio-vascular fitness.
Overall, I want to recommend swimming to everyone. It burns up lots of calories which can lead to reduction in weight when combined with other forms of exercise. It is fun for all ages, and will definitely improve health when done regularly. Have fun and be healthy !!