What Happens In Your Body When You Swim


Swimming is a physically demanding task. Although it can be effortless when one learns how to master the skill, there is a great amount of work that your body has to do to keep you afloat as well as to propel you through the water. In fact, there are a lot of different things happening in your body when you swim that you probably hardly even notice.

The first thing that you body does when swimming, or preforming any sort of physical activity, is increase oxygen flow, eliminate metabolic wastes, and eliminate heat. When this happens, you’ll find yourself breathing hard and trying to catch your breath, sweating, and becoming thirsty.

As you start engaging your body in the motions of swimming, your body will:
• Increase blood flow so that your heart is supplied with additional blood cells
• Your skin will heat up and most likely turn red and sweat
• Your muscles get small, not at all dangerous, “micro tears” that heal in about a day or two. When you feel sore after a few hours of swimming, that’s due to micro tears!
• Your lungs will work in overtime to take in all the oxygen that it requires for the motions of swimming
• Heart rate will increase
• Your brain will receive extra blood and oxygen that will make you feel more alert and focused. It also releases endorphins that will make you feel good.

When all of these things happen within your body, your body eventually becomes stronger. Swimming is one of the best ways to exercise your body and feel good physically and mentally! If you’re interested in swimming and would like to learn how to swim, sign up for swim lessons in Pickering or swim lessons in Scarborough by calling B and C Aquatics at 905.420.4141 or email us at registration@bandcaquatics.com.