Swimming is not often the first thought that comes to mind when thinking of a beneficial sport for maintaining the human body and reducing unwanted weight. The reason that swimming is disregarded is the simple fact that swimming is fun, unlike a trip to the gym. But do not be misled, 20 minutes of continual swimming will keep the human body in great shape on the outside and inside. This cardiovascular workout is very beneficial as it stretches and exercises many more muscles compared to the ones used in running or bicycling. There are benefits to the human balance system as well because swimmers must maintain their balance while they are slicing through the waters heading for the opposite wall of the pool. Swimming may be the perfect sport for all of us that have ever experienced the shocks and injuries connected with running.
Learn how to swim and find a partner to swim laps with you. Time your swim laps and lengths and look for overall performance improvement and don’t forget to have a great time.
The Health Benefits of Swimming
- Cardiovascular: Studies have shown that swimmers and runners contain many physical similarities which include their low blood pressure levels, a healthy heart and low cholesterol levels. However, unlike running, swimming offers the body a workout that can be done throughout your life with minimal strain on joints and rest of the body.
- Flexibility: Swimming engages the whole body, allowing muscles that aren’t usually used, to contract and stretch. Not only does this improve the strength of your body overall, but it really improves your flexibility.
- Balance: As we age, our balance is affected. Swimming is a balance-intensive sport, and if swimming is continued through our golden years, our balance will not suffer. The water forces you to create your own sense of balance and in doing so it improves your balance in and out of the water.
- Swimming Skills May Save a Life: Drowning is an all too frequent experience in swimming pools or in calm, natural waters. Beginning infant classes at 3-6 months can save countless lives. When you know how to swim, you will be able to help a child who is experiencing problems in the surf. Adult swimmers are often caught in rip tides and sent to the bottom by huge waves. Being an experienced swimmer will keep both yourself, and those around you, safe.
It is important to begin lessons at any early age. Into the Swim recommends very early lessons to prevent the risk of accidental infant drowning. Talk to our swim instructors for more information and enter your child into swim school as soon as possible. There are many small group swimming classes available so you can prepare for a future of fitness and pleasure. By taking swimming lessons, your body will enjoy the exercise and you will be confident whenever near the water.