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Here Are Some Benefits of Swimming

  • Swimming is good exercise.
  • Swimming helps to reduce stress.
  • Swimming is a lifetime sport that benefits the body and the whole person.
  • Swimming does exercise almost the entire body including your heart, lungs, and muscles, with very little joint strain.
  • Swimming does burn calories at a rate of about 3 calories a mile per pound of bodyweight.
  • Swimming is a healthy activity that can be continued for a lifetime, and the health benefits swimming offers for a lifetime are worth the effort it takes to get to the swimming pool.
  • Swimming can develop a swimmer's general strength, cardiovascular fitness and endurance.
  • Swimming also develops life skills such as sportsmanship, time management, self-discipline, goal setting, and an increased sense of self worth through the participation in the sport.

Swimming is a great workout because you need to move your whole body against the resistance of the water

  • Keeps your heart rate up but takes some of the impact stress off your body
  • Builds endurance, muscle strength and cardiovascular fitness
  • Helps maintain a healthy weight, healthy heart and lungs
  • Tones muscles and builds strength
  • Provides an all over body workout, as nearly all of your muscles are used during swimming.

Swimming has many other benefits including

  • Being a relaxing and peaceful form of exercise
  • Alleviating stress
  • Improving coordination, balance and posture
  • Improving flexibility
  • Providing good low impact therapy for some injuries and conditions
  • Providing a pleasant way to cool down on a hot day
  • Being available in many places you can swim in swimming pools, beaches, lakes, and rivers
  • Always make sure that the environment you choose to swim in is safe

Historical and Fun Facts

  • The oldest form of stroke used is the breaststroke.
  • Ancient drawings and paintings found in Egypt depicting people swimming date back to 2500 BCE.
  • Swimming first became an Olympic event in 1896.
  • The first recorded swimming races were held in Japan in 36 B.C.
  • The Titanic was the first ocean liner to have a swimming pool and a gym.
  • Mark Spitz was the first Olympic swimmer to win seven gold medals in a single Olympiad in the 1972 games.
  • An olympic sized pool can can hold from 700,000 to 850,000 gallons of water depending on the size.
  • Elephants use their trunks as natural snorkels and can swim as much as 20 miles a day.
  • An hour of vigorous swimming can burn up to 650 calories.
  • Niagara Falls has enough water to fill up all of the pools in the US in less than three days.
  • Sixty-five percent of people in the US don’t know how to swim.
  • Swimmers sweat in the pool.
  • And Finally...

    Swimmers use nearly every muscle in their bodies.

    While there are so many people out there to dismiss swimming as a “real sport,” swimming is one of the most intense sports there is. Why? Swimming is an all-body exercise. Yes, swimming uses more muscles than baseball and football.