New international research commissioned by the world's leading swimwear brand, Speedo, has revealed that swimmers agree that swimming helps to release stress and tension, makes them more confident about the way they look and leaves them feeling mentally refreshed.
The fieldwork conducted by leading research specialists Ipsos MORI examined the psychological benefits of regular swimming. The results revealed that:
- Getting in the pool is the perfect way to unwind after a busy day, with 74% of those surveyed agreeing that swimming helps release stress and tension
- Swimming is the ideal 'feel good' exercise, with 68% saying that being in the water helps them to feel good about themselves
- Over two thirds of those surveyed feel that swimming can have a positive mental impact, with 70% agreeing that it helps them to feel mentally refreshed
The international study took in the views a global panel of swimmers aged between 16-45 across key markets and including a wide cross section of swimmers from those who swim only occasionally to those who swim regularly as part of a vigorous exercise regime.
With swimming already regarded as a highly effective way to remain fit and healthy thanks to its low impact and high cardiovascular benefits, the new insight into the psychological impact of swimming further enhances its reputation as one of the best forms of exercise possible.
Sports psychologist Julie Johnston said, "The feeling of 'freedom' whilst in the water has long been one of the key appeals behind all forms of swimming, and the results of this survey offer a clear indication that swimming not only provides an effective physical workout, but can also actively improve mentality and self-perception, making it the ideal exercise for both body and mind."
Sean Hastings, Vice President of Product and Marketing at Speedo International, said, "Speedo is passionate about inspiring people to swim, and we hope that these findings, together with the undoubted physical benefits of swimming, will encourage others to get in the water for a mental as well as physical work out."