Swimming is one of the oldest sports known to man. Swimming has been practiced for ages since time in memorial. In the past swimming might have been a bit risky. The swimming environment then might not have been favorable like today. The greatest advantage of today’s swimming, is the availability of swimming pools and swim suits. Swimming pool equipment are an integral part in any swimming pool. The equipment may range from dive boards, to bath showers. All these are aimed at making swimming safer and enjoyable. Currently swimming coaches who teach newbies are also available. Swimming has a number of advantages. Some of them include;
- Helps in reducing weight.
Obese and overweight humans are constantly increasing. Doctors on the other hand are struggling to find possible solutions. Dieting and pills, are not advisable means of weight loss according to research. Thus exercising is the best solution. Swimming has been found to burn more calories in the body compared to other sports. In comparison to cycling, jogging or running, swimming burns more calories. On average it burns over ten times more calories compared to most sports.
- Strengthens the muscles and joints of the swimmer
Swimming involves a lot of muscle flexing. Scientist have proven that water has a higher resistant compared to air. Thus when swimming one has to overcome the resistance from water. This requires a lot of energy and muscle strength. It is advisable to swim against the current since your muscles become stronger with time.
- Swimming has been known to reduce stress and increase self-esteem.
Swimming entails buoyancy. Though swim coaches teach learners how to become buoyant, buoyancy is all about the mind. If one is of the feeling that he will float, in most cases it happens. If a learner thinks he/she will sink, it happens. When a swimmer is buoyant it entails a lot of concentration and focusing. This leads to diverting the brain and nervous system to floating. This releases stress from the whole body and the mind. When a swimmer is buoyant, a feeling of high self- esteem comes with it. Both learners and pro swimmers can enjoy these benefits.
- Risks involved in swimming are minimal.
Swimming has been proven to be a risk free activity. The only risk associated with the sport is drowning. In a properly managed environment the risk of drowning is neutralized. The presence of divers and risk savers minimizes drowning. Floaters are also available for newbies and swimmers who feel a bit tired, though swimming involves minimal energy. Compared to other exercises such are cycling and jogging, they are prone to numerous risks.
- Reduces the risk of diseases.
Swimming utilizes almost all organs of the human body. This helps the body keep all its organs and functions running. There is burning of excess sugars and salts. Fats too are burned. This keeps the body healthy and reduces the risk of chronic diseases such as, diabetes, heart failure and even cancer.
- During swimming there is no sweating experienced. Watetr helps in keeping the body cool. In other exercises sweating is present. Sweating is viewed as extra work the body has to perform. This makes swimming a preference.